Hampden 1992

1992 is one of if not the first Hampden vintage I’ve had. These rums wear the HLCF marque and thus have an ester concentration between 500 and 700 g/hlaa. Despite being relatively extreme expressions (relative to other rums, not relative to other Hampdens), these rums have become somewhat elegant over the years and the fruity…

Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part II

We continue with doors seven to twelve of the 2018 edition of the Advent Calendar Blind Tasting by the German Rum Club. You can find an overview of all blind samples here: Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part I (1-6) Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part II (7-12) Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part III…

Caroni Light Style

Caroni used to produce two vastly different styles. The one we know and love today is what we’ve got to know as the “Heavy” style, a high ester expression which they distilled with their very short single column still or by placing plates to make a cut at the appropriate point (and time if you…

New Yarmouth 2005 in Cask Strength

Happy Father’s Day! Few rums have surprised us as much as the Compagnie des Indes New Yarmouth 2005 12YO last year. It is about time that we check out the available cask strength versions! After the 55% version of  Compagnie des Indes‘ New Yarmouth has been received very well and sold out relatively quickly the obvious questions…

Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part IV

Merry Christmas everyone! Today we have the fourth and final part of the Advent Calendar Blind Tasting with doors 19-24. As usual, you can find the overview of the other parts below. Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part I (Door 1-6) Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part II (Door 7-12) Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting…

Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part II

This is the second part of the Adevent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting. Below you can find an overview of the other parts. Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part I (Door 1-6) Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part II (Door 7-12) Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part III (Door 13-18) Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part…

Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part I

Just like last year, Marcus, founder of “Der Rum-Club“, owner of 4finespirits and organiser of the Cologne Spirits, put together an Advent calendar blind-tasting. Unlike last year, I took part this time. In this one, we have to guess the country of origin, the rum’s age and abv as well as whether it has been sweetened or not….

Compagnie des Indes New Yarmouth 2005 12YO

Today we have the first rum from New Yarmouth by an independent bottler that I get to try. To take it away: Compagnie des Indes digged out a real treasure here. Kudos to Florent Beuchet at this point! The Bottling The French independent bottler Compagnie des Indes needs no further introduction, New Yarmouth on the other hand probably…

Four Fijians from four different vintages

This is another Fiji cross-tasting but this time we compare a bunch of different vintages (vertical tasting) rather than within a vintage (horizontal tasting). Different vintages of course means different washes and production batches. While the distillery’s unique character should be found in all of the rums, we might still expect different nuances in the flavour…

Interview with Florent Beuchet (Compagnie des Indes)

Florent Beuchet, the man behind Compagnie des Indes, was a sport and stopped tasting from our delicous future purchases to answer a few questions. As he’s probably well known in the rum scene by now, let’s jump right in! Florent, what was your motivation to start Compagnie des Indes? After working in New York for almost…

Compagnie des Indes Indonesia 2004 10YO vs By the Dutch Batavia Arrack

Today we have something quite unusual. It is a battle between two Indonesian rums; or should I say Arracks? Anyway, the contenders are the Compagnie des Indes Indonesia 2004 10YO and the By the Dutch Batavia Arrack! The Bottlings Arak is a term that is commonly used to describe different spirits. Depending on the country, people…

Compagnie des Indes Long Pond 2003 12YO

More Long Pond “oddities”. As far as I am aware, this is the first and only 2003 Long Pond on the market. Tasting new vintages of beloved distilleries is always exciting. Today’s rum is the Compagnie des Indes Long Pond 2003 12YO. The Bottling Founded in 1753, Long Pond is a sugar estate and distillery in…