Versailles 1985

1985 is probably the most typical and characteristic Versailles vintage I know. At least it is what I associate with the Versailles flavour profile the most. What is more, the rums from the batch are among the very best rums I know, plain and simple. Just in case you do not know, Versailles is the…

German Rum Festival Berlin 2019 – Part II

Alas, on with the actual Rum Fest. I was finally well rested and mentally responsive. Hooray! I actually do not know where I did start but Rum Artesanal had the very first booth that was impossible to miss. From their new releases that I didn’t have so far I’ve tried the El Salvador (so-so at…

German Rum Festival Berlin 2019 – Part I

We’ve spent last weekend in Berlin at and around the 9th edition of the German Rum Festival, one of the by now most important Rum gatherings in the world. But before the festival kicked off on Saturday, me and a few fellow rum geeks received an invitation by Rum Artesanal (RA) to join their boat…

Demerara, but what’s the style?

If the label says Guyana, Demerara or Diamond Distillery, that could be about anything. While there’s only one distillery left in the country, they are able to produce an immense range of different styles with several vastly different stills. Alas, you often times don’t know what you get. Sometimes we can tell from the date…

2x Cadenhead’s Demerara 1975

Demerara 1975 always sounds like Port Mourant, don’t you think!? Nevertheless, these two old Cadenhead’s Green Label series bottlings might be blends from different Guyanese stills but I am not sure. But as we will see, they inevitably make you think of Port Mourant anyway… Cadenhead’s Demerara 1975 30YO (40,5%): Nose: Very deep and rich, especially…

No theme – rums at random

We have no theme this time, just a random list of rums I have tried recently. Cause sometimes we just aren’t in the mood to do cross-tastings. Or the rums didn’t fit in anywhere else. Or we didn’t have any suitable partners. Or we were just lazy. Or we didn’t find the time to do it…

Diamond 2004 (Enmore)

This is a batch that has been released en masse lately. The very first release that I remember was the Whiskybroker 2004 12YO, where we already learned about the mark: “MDXC”. While I still don’t know what this is referring to, I am 99% sure that the last C indicated coloured, since we’ve got coloured…

Port Mourant, assortative mating

We might do Port Mourant more than anything else and there are two straightforward reasons for this. Firstly, it is usually pretty good and secondly, I doubt there’s any other rum style that has been bottled more often than this. Let’s start with two rather young, low abv PMs from 2005 and see what we can…

Skeldon (1973 vs 2000)

I am having two Skeldons in the closet. Okay, let’s start over. You’re probably aware of it when you are a frequent reader of the blog and thus tend to belong to the very tiny amount of people who are part of this small, nerdy subsection of the rum-scene but the “Skeldon” labled rums have…

Three Albions

It finally happened. DDL released two of the styles everyone and their mums have been waiting for since the company stopped giving Velier the exclusive right to bottle from their warehouse. Albion probably requires few introductory words and if the name doesn’t ring a bell just let me refer you to the Guyana country article…

Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part III

We’ve crossed the halfway line (oh my, this really went quickly this time) and continue with doors 13 to 18. 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 (13-18) Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part IV (19-24) Transcontinental Rum Line…

Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part I

Just like last year I am currently participating in an advent calendar blind tasting. Once again, we have to guess the country of origin (not distillery but hey, we will try to do it nevertheless), the rum’s age, the abv and if it has been sweetened or not. Let’s hope for not too many of…