Hampden – 13, 12, 11 or 5, 6, 7

A quick and brief session today with a trio of Hampdens, spanning the vintages 2011-2013. You probably didn’t notice but the title ryhmes. Rum Exchange Hampden 2013 5YO (61,5%): The rum has spent two years in a former Oloroso cask and while Hampden and Sherry typically isn’t a good combination it comes from 1423 (S.B.S),…

Hampden 1993

Hampden 1993 – this little combination of letters and numbers is what makes rum connoisseurs’ hearts beat faster. First and foremost there’s the Samaroli Hampden 1993 21YO, arguably one of the best rums ever bottled but other rums from the batch, though mostly diluted, come considerably close. The only other rum from the batch we’ve reviewed…

German Rum Festival Berlin 2019 – Part III

Day three started with a private Rum & Breakfast session at Mr. B. from B.’s place. Apparently half of our group understood that the “Breakfst” part is only an indicator for the time as they did have breakfast before already. I was among those who thought that we will actually have breakfast together. But well,…

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…

Long Pond “TECA” (2003 vs 2005)

TECA, a mark that can most likely be associated with the long-time closed Tilston Estate, is imitated by Long Pond Distillery these days. Pretty much in the same way as DDL is producing many of the old Demerara marks if you want. Anyway, few styles have been polarising the rum scene as much as TECA…

Rumexpert Blind Tasting 2019 (#13)

Chances are that you are not familiar with “Airprib’s” Rumexpert blind tastings but that’s not a problem, you can find out more right here. Disclaimer: As always, I didn’t spend as much time with these rums as I would like to (and should) but what can you do…!? Schwarz New Grove (Grays) 2009 9YO (Mauritius, 54,7%):…

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…

Hampden HGML (2010 vs 1983)

We have a new tropically aged Hampden and what many seem to believe, a new Hampden mark. But that’s far from the truth. However, we have to go way back in time if we want to compare the mark. In fact, the only other HGML vintage I know is 1983 and for quite some time…

Monymusk 2007

In a way this is the announced follow-up to the 2003 Monymusk cross-tasting. However, I was under the impression that I have a few more samples from the batch but well… you can see for yourself. The benchmark Monymusk from 2007 is still the L’Esprit Monymusk 2007 9YO for me but these rums should get better as…

Selected Cask Community 2018 (January-June)

The Selected Cask Community (SCC) is a monthly rum subscription by the self titled “sensorisches Wunderkind” (sensoric prodigy) Nicolas Kröger. Sorry, I just had to mock that ;). But who cares as long as his selections live up to what’s advertised. With this subscription we get a 10cl sample of one absolutely unadulterated rum per month, which…

Long Pond 1986

The second ‘legendary’ 1986 batch comes from Long Pond, even though I am missing some of the highlights this time… We’ve had an amazing bottling by A.D. Rattray in a blind tasting but that was it so far. My sample library quite simply has been depleted over the years. All of todays rums should have the…

Three new unaged Jamaicans by Habitation Velier

Unaged Rum, one of the spirit’s biggest advantages over Whisky, say (there are many more, mind you!). Also it is always very interesting to compare raw distillates with aged expressions, even if they “only” have the same mark but don’t come from the same batch. Habitation Velier Hampden “LROK” 2018 (62,5%): They declare 350g/hlaa esters…