Montebello

Montebello are the guys who store their barreled rhum in large steel containers in order to fasten the maturation process. Since all the fuss is about tropical ageing these days (well, not just these days), I wonder how we should call this!? Tropical ageing+, tropical ageing 2.0 or perhaps super ageing!? But it in the…

Karukera

We didn’t feature Karukera so far, which is distilled at Esperance, who also produce Longueteau. Now I wasn’t too impressed with the last set of Longuetues (they were solid rhums, mind you!) some time ago but my understanding is that rhums released under the Karukera label are a bit more “selective”. So let’s see if they…

Belle Bielle

Admittedly, our headlines aren’t the most creative these days but what shall we do if we don’t just want to label everything “vertical xy”. We didn’t have a lot of Bielles on here so far except for their Blanc and a 6YO from 2010 that has been bottled for LMDW’s 60th anniversary. Today we are…

Longueteau “Harmonie Series”

Some time ago Longueteau started releasing a triplet of full proof rhums under the Harmonie theme. We have a Rhum Ambré with the “Prélude”, a Rhum Vieux with the “Symphonie” and a Rhum Très Vieux with the “Concerto”. They typically utilse a mix of 65% red cane (canne rouge) and 35% blue cane (canne bleue)…

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…

Bielle Extra Vieux 2010 6YO (LMDW 60th anniversaire)

We take a trip to Marie-Galante, a dependency of Guadeloupe and hence an overseas department of France. Well, actually we shall just taste a rhum from over there. However, the temperatures over here are also adjusting to what they are over there so we do indeed get some holiday vibes. The Bottling The Bielle Extra Vieux 2010…

Cadenhead’s Gardel 1982 20YO

It’s time for another rum from a lost distillery. One of the few I really miss. I’ve tasted a few Gardels over the years and this is not only the very best of them, it is also up there with some of the best rums I’ve ever tasted. Today we have the Cadenhead’s Gardel 1982…

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…

Rhum Rhum 2007

Rhum Rhum is the brand born out of the collaboration between Velier’s Luca Gargano, master distiller Gianni Capovilla and the Marie-Galante based distillery Bielle. What’s so special about Rhum Rhum is that they are almost trying to reinvent the production of Rhum Agricole. To that end, they experimented with new fermentation, distillation and ageing techniques….

Damoiseau 1953 31YO

This time we taste a rum that has been bottled before I was born. Bottled, not distilled! Crazy stuff. It’s the Damoiseau 1953 31YO. The Bottling If you ask me, I think it is rather crazy that you are still able to buy this rum, even if it is at four digits (I’ve seen it…

Damoiseau Full Proofs (1989, 1991 & 1995)

Damoiseau is the only remaining distillery on Grand-Terre, the eastern part of Guadeloupe. It is the youngest but also the largest distillery in terms of total output (about 3.2 million litres a year) on the island. Headed by Hervé Damoiseau, they produce a very light rhum style and, more interestingly, also distill from molasses from time to time when…

Agricole Blancs & Ti’ Punchs Part III

Welcome back to the third part of our Agriole Blanc and Ti’ Punch cross-tasting. Please refer to the links below for the other sessions. Part I (Bielle, Damoiseau, Depaz, J.M., La Favorite, Neisson) Part II (Bellevue, Bologne, Clément, HSE, Longueteau, Trois Rivières) Part III (Charette, J. Bally, Karukera, La Mauny, Montebello, St. James) Part IV (Final…