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…

Charrette

Charrette – An intense period of design or planning activity. May refer to any collaborative session in which a group of desingers drafts a solution to a design problem. But maybe, just maybe, it really just refers to a cart. Anyway, it kinda feels a bit like self-flagellation from time to time lately. When I…

Some Savannas Part II

Thanks to a few bottle splits by Freddy I got a new bag of Savannas, including a traditional rum, an agricole, two unaged Grand Arômes (High Ester) and a HERR that has been bottled exclusively for Japan’s Shinanoya Tokyo & Bar Lamp. While Grand Arômes are always of great interest to us, the former two…

Cologne Spirits 2018 Part II

Today we continue with my impressions from the second day of the Cologne Spirits. For the first day, click here. Saturday Friday’s session was tough and I contemplated whether to go for a quick run or not. The bad conscience of breaking Lent had to fight a (very mild) headache and the sudden snow. Surprise,…

Some Savannas

Savanna might be one of if not the most aspiring rum distillery these days, together with St. Lucia‘s St. Lucia Distillers and Barbados’ Foursquare Distillery. At least since the Savanna HERR 2006 10YO it jumped onto people’s radars. But not only their most extreme expressions are worthy of a deeper exploration, they have some other pretty interesting…

Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part III

We continue with the third part of the Advent Calendar Blind Tasting. For completeness, here’s the overview of the other parts. Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part I (Door 1-6) Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part II (Door 7-12) Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part III (Door 13-18) Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part IV…

Agricole Blancs & Ti’ Punchs Part IV

Besides the final ranking, we have a couple of bonus candidates today. These will not be considered for the ranking since they aren’t permanently available, except for the Savanna with 40% perhaps. For your reference, here’s an overview of the previous sessions: Part I (Bielle, Damoiseau, Depaz, J.M., La Favorite, Neisson) Part II (Bellevue, Bologne,…

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…

Savanna HERR 2006 10YO

If you like high-ester rums today’s bottling might be of interest to you. By Jamaican standards, it should be at least continental flavoured. Moreover, we once again walk on the hidden path of not extremely popular distilleries. It’s time for the Savanna HERR 2006 10YO. The Bottling Savanna is one of three distilleries on La…

Rarity/ Antiquity/ Obscurity Blind-Tasting

Between June and July I took part in a very special blind-tasting organised by Niki, which he fittingly labeled “Rarity/ Antiquity/ Obscurity Tasting”. Niki is known for collecting DDR-rums but apparently many other interesting, old and odd bottlings have amassed in his cabinet over the years. All we’ve got to know beforehand is that none…