St. Lucia Distillers – a wee bit vertical

The country page for St. Lucia was the first article I wrote for this blog about two years ago, yet I only managed to review one St. Lucian rum so far… So let’s do some catching up with a pair of older and a pair of more recent bottlings. Hamilton St. Lucia 2004 9YO (61,3%):…

How about these Transcontinental Rum Lines?

I usually don’t see a lot of use in reviewing the line of a single bottler because, well, there’s just not a whole lot to learn from that. Cross-tasting the rums of a single distillery between and even more so within vintages makes much more sense to me. Nevertheless, I participated in a larger bottle…

Caroni – Five Bottlers & Vintages (1994-1998)

Today’s tasting features Caronis by five different bottlers and from five different vintages, with some modest uncertainty as you are about to see. In theory, they should  span the years from 1994 to 1998. I’ll do my best to provide a comparison with other rums of the respective vintages as much as possible. Origin R Caroni…

Caroni 1999

1999 is another Caroni vintage which we didn’t get from either Bristol or Velier, who acquired the largest stocks of Caroni barrels at the auctions in 2008. What does that mean? Chances are high that these rums have been sold as bulk back then and should thus be continental aged. Since no artificial colouring has…

Blends, love ’em or hate ’em

Let me be honest with you. The name of this blog suggests it already but we aren’t very fond of blends at Single Cask Rum. We like distinct, characteristic and unique rums. Nevertheless, I’ve found a few blended, multi-country or at least multi-distillery rums in my sample box. Maybe we can find a hidden gem among…

Enmore Versailles 1990

I have already introduced Versailles, the Single Wooden Pot Still which has produced rum at Enmore Distillery for a long time before it has been moved to Uitvlugt and eventually to the Diamond Distillery, so I won’t annoy you with that again. If you want to learn more nevertheless, make sure to check out the…

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…

Some Savannas Part II

Thanks to a few bottle splits by Freddy I got a new bag of Savannas, including a traditional rum, an agricole, two unaged Grand Arômes (High Ester) and a HERR that has been bottled exclusively for Japan’s Shinanoya Tokyo & Bar Lamp. While Grand Arômes are always of great interest to us, the former two…

A handful of Hampdens from 2000 (LROK)

With an ester range of 200-400 g/hlaa, LROK is a typical Wedderburn mark. While I love Hampden, especially for its high ester, continental flavoured rums, Long Pond is the king of the Wedderburn style if you ask me. As such, I did have my difficulties with some of the 2000 Hampdens, especially the younger ones (Duncan Taylor…

Nicaraguan Rum, Labour Conditions, and Western Apathy

Rums from Nicaragua are as far away from being my favorites as it gets. There’s virtually nothing in their profiles that is to my liking. As a result, I have stopped getting samples and tasting them altogether at some point. My most recent exposure to Nicaraguan rum was when we’ve had the Kill Devil Nicaragua…

Some Savannas

Savanna might be one of if not the most aspiring rum distillery these days, together with St. Lucia‘s St. Lucia Distillers and Barbados’ Foursquare Distillery. At least since the Savanna HERR 2006 10YO it jumped onto people’s radars. But not only their most extreme expressions are worthy of a deeper exploration, they have some other pretty interesting…