A pair of very old Gardels

Two real heavyweights from days looong gone. Both of these Rums have been distilled before we were even born! Rumclub Gardel 1983 38YO (46,6%): Did you believe that we will see such a bottling in 2021? Personally, I did not. Such old Rums in general are getting rarer and rarer and if you consider that…

Gardels that shouldn’t be Gardels

If the name of the article doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry, it is actually quite simple: Everything we know tells us that the Gardel distillery was already closed by 1998 (my information is that the still(s) have been scrapped in 1992). Now either these Rums have been labelled incorrectly or there have been…

Damoiseau

Damoiseau is a distillery we have a lot of love for, even though the quality of their Rhums can be hit and miss. But when they deliver, they have the real bangers, you just have to sort out the bad fruits. Fortunately, you have us for that job 😉 Damoiseau VO (42%): VO of course…

Domaine de SĂ©verin

We are entering completely new territory today with Domaine de SĂ©verin. Its history starts in the 18th century with the sugar plantation “Habitation Bellevue”, which seems to be a very common name for estates with nice views in the French Antilles. Around 1800, Monsieur SĂ©verin acquires the Domaine which then became a pineapple cannery. Fast forward to…

Gardel

Gardel is no stranger to us, yet the only Gardel we’ve reviewed so far was the legendary Cadenhead’s Gardel 1982 20YO. Let’s add a few expressions to that list. Bristol Gardel 1992 10YO (46%): This one has received a “French Cask Finish” and I am guessing that this might some sort of Brandy, rather than…

Bearing(!?) Blends Part II

This is the follow-up to last week’s tasting, which turned out to be a bit bigger than I expected so I decided to split it into two parts. Transcontinental Rum Line Night Rambler (Haiti & Jamaica, 42%): An unaged, high ester blend that was made for the bar scene, I suppose. It’s a blend of…

Bearing(!?) Blends Part I

A good blend is more than just the sum of its parts. Of course that statement is supposed to be correct, yet most blenders don’t manage to live up to that standard. I guess at the end of the day many producers are just trying to disguise bad barrels. Nevertheless, a few blends manage to…

Damoiseau 1980

We’re back with another pair of rums. This time we are having two Damoiseaus from 1980. I don’t know why but these days I am not really in the mood for these larger sessions that I usually do. We do have plenty of intersting duos and trios to bridge the gap to the usual format…

Bellevue/ Belvedere (Damoiseau) 1998 encore

There are just so many rums from this batch out there, we just had to do another session. And before the questions start to appear again, yes, these are all from Damoiseau! Cadenhead’s Bellevue “GMBV” 1998 16YO (57,1%): We start with a slightly older bottling. GMBV is a typical Main mark by the way. I…

Longing for Longueteau

After having Karukera a week or two ago, it is time for more from the distillery’s other brand, Longueteau. Longueteau AmbrĂ© (~ early 2000s, 40%): The ‘old’ Longueteau AmbrĂ©. Nose: A bit thin but quite aromatic. I get peppers, junipers, a spice mix (mostly more peppers, nutmeg and cloves), some vegetal notes which seem to…

Karukera again

Last time when we’ve had Karukera we did like it but we were missing a real cracker. At least partly, that might have been selection bias as we are having what looks like the more exciting bottlings today (on paper at least). Karukera “Four Daughters” 2011 6YO (54,1%): This one has been released for Velier‘s…

Reimonenq rumble

Since we are currently working on catching up with distilleries whose produce we didn’t review so far, it is a good time to move to one of Guadeloupe’s best distilleries (in my opinion, of course!). The Reimonenq distillery was established by Joseph and Fernand Reimonenq in the commune of Sainte-Rose in 1916. The distillery has…