WIRD/ WIRR/ Rockley/ Blackrock 1986

This is the first of two large 1986 cross-tastings. Today we will have a look at the legendary Rockley 1986 batch, which has been distilled at the West Indies Rum Refiniery on Barbados. It’s the follow-up on the recent 2000 Rockley-style cross-tasting. For some more background information, let me refer you once again to Cedrik’s…

Long Pond 2000

Another session with Long Pond, the King of Wedderburn. But be warned, it’s a quite a large one. The “younger” 2000 Long Ponds were quite good already but they seem to get a lot better as they get older. Let’s see. The Rum Cask Long Pond 2000 13YO (58,2%): Compared to some of the other…

Monymusk 2003

Today we taste four Monymusk from 2003. We’ve already encountered two bottlings from this batch before, one of which was the excellent Moon Import “I Pappagalli” Monymusk 2003 13YO. Even at a drinking strength of 45% it easily beats most other Monymusk I know. All in all I think we can say that the 2003 Monymusk…

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…

Interview with Duncan Taylor’s Peter Currie

This time we have Duncan Taylor‘s Global Sales Manager Peter Currie and his team in charge of the selection process answering a few questions. Thanks a lot for taking the time to do so! Duncan Taylor has a long history in bottling Scotch Whisky. What was your motivation to start bottling rum as well and…

Duncan Taylor Monymusk 2003 12YO

Another Monymusk from 2003, this time at a higher abv. Duncan Taylor already released a predecessor with the Duncan Taylor Monymusk 2003 10YO which was pretty good. Let’s see what two additional years, or the extra abv compared to the Moon Import “I Pappagalli” Monymusk 2003 13YO can do. The Bottling In his article on his visit to Clarendon,…

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…

Duncan Taylor W.I.R.D. 2000 15YO

It is time to introduce a very special Bajan rum style which we have got to know as Rockley or Blackrock. Its profile doesn’t really match that of any other rum and it is in fact a bit polarising. You either love it or hate it. I am probably one of the few people in the middle of the spectrum,…