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…

Port Mourant 1999

Distilled in December 1999, this batch must be some of if not the very last rums distilled at Uitvlugt Distillery, before the distillery has been closed and the remaining, still useful stills have been transferred to the Diamond Distillery. Generally, the vintage is of very high quality and has subsequently only been topped by a…

Père Labat

Père Labat is distilled at the Poisson Distillery on Marie-Galante, which has been founded by the Poisson family in 1860. Starting out as a sugar mill, it was Edouard Rameau (probably related to Paul Rameau, who has been involved with the Bielle Distillery since the 1940s) who bought the property in 1916, installed a distillery and…

Velier Caroni 1996 17YO: HP vs FP

It’s Caroni time again. If you’ve followed this little blog from the very beginning you’ll know that this is where it all started. And surprise surprise, this is where we will go back to time and again. Today we will have a look at the 1996 17YO twin release by Velier. The Bottlings These two…

More Worthy Parks

It is time for a bunch of Worthy Parks again. A few official bottlings reached me recently but before we discuss them let’s catch up on some of the IBs. Lately, more and more Worthy Parks are hitting the shelves and why the differences in quality are tremendous at times, there’s something many of them…

Velier Antigua Distillery 2012 6YO

Velier releases a rum from a distillery which we usually don’t get from independent bottlers or at full proof: By now it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I just had to try it! Today’s rum is the Velier Antigua Distillery 2012 6YO. The Bottling The story of sugar in Antigua goes back to 1674,…

2x Alambic Classique Special Scottish Gin 1997 19YO

I don’t care much about Gin. To me, it is not much more than the most recent hype with another overpriced brand that no-one really needs sprouting out of nowhere basically every day. Especially the prices of some of these unaged, mass-produced, flavoured vodkas are so incredibly ridiculous when compared to other spirits that I…

Velier Diamond 1981 31YO

Last time we’ve had the thirty year old Rum Nation Jamaica (even though the average age is probably a bit older than that) and today we add a year to make it 31. However, these are 31 tropical years and I wonder how much rum, relative to the adulteration from the wood, has survived. The Bottling I…

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…

Bellevue (Damoiseau) 1998

Over the last couple of years we have received more 1998 Bellevues than we can count. However, these don’t originate from Marie-Galante’s Bellevue Distillery but from the Damoiseau Distillery, which is located on Grande-Terre. There’s a funny connection between the two distilleries though: Bellevue’s distiller Hubert Damoiseau is the cousin of Hervé Damoiseau, who is…

Velier Albion 1983 25YO

Welcome back to Single Cask Rum. My abstinence continues but I thought I should come down handsomely and discuss another ‘legendary’ rum. I am talking about the Velier Albion “AN” 1983 25YO. The Bottling The Albion Estate was a sugar plantation along Guyana‘s Berbice river founded by William Innes. Dating back to 1802, they most…

Samaroli Hampden 1993 21YO

After having the rum that Silvano Samaroli considered the best spirit he has ever bottled and the most recent ester bomb from Hampden, we take the next logical step and taste a rum that is by many connoisseurs considered to be the best Hampden ever. It’s the Samaroli Hampden 1993 21YO, or Samaroli Hampden Full Proof…