Clément

A few Cléments are on the agenda: Two aged Canne Bleues, a bottling at 60% and a Vieux from the 1990s. Clément Canne Bleue 20ème Anniversaire Vieux (42%): A few of those Canne Bleues by Clément have been some of the better Blancs in the world of agricole and we are very curious to see…

Saint James it is

We are in the mood for Saint James, especially since we just managed to get samples of two very promising (and hyped bottlings). We did also find some much older stuff in the library but shall reserve this for some other time. Put differently, we will stay in the current century, but as we shall…

J.Bally 2006

We only have a smaller tasting session today but I think it should be a rather nice one as we have a slightly younger, reduced J.Bally from 2006 and the older full proof version today. J.Bally 2006 12YO (43%): Nose: Very intense and you wouldn’t think that we are dealing with only 43% here! I…

Looking to find new Favorites

Probably not the best headline we could have come up with. What’s even worse though is that our sample library ran out of La Favorites. Oh mon dieu! La Favorite Cour de Rhum (40%): I believe that this is more or less four years old. Nose: Sufficiently intense at 40%. We get a mix of…

J.M

We are preparing for a massive vintage J.M tasting like we’ve done it with J.Bally, so let’s take this as a warming-up session. Since the tasting was planned for more than a year ago and didn’t happen so far, we really don’t know when we will have it though. J.M VO (43%): We shouldn’t forget…

Le Simon

Le Simon is the distillery that’s producing both, Clément and HSE and it is one of the few Martinican distilleries of which we’ve got independet bottlings. Not many, but there were a handful, some of which we will have today. Now we do not know if these Rums were intended for Clément or HSE, or…

La Mauny

Just a simple and straightforward tasting session today, with a current Blanc and an older vintage by La Mauny. La Mauny Ter Rouj (45%): The red soil. Apparently they ran special fermentations for this batch, which pays homage to the red-coloured soil near the land where their sugar cane is grown. Nose: Fruity, spicy, and…

Trois Rivières Vintages 1970s/ 80s

Trois Rivières vintages from the 1970s and 1980s today. They should all be around ten to twelve years old but I do not have the exact numbers for all of the bottlings. But that’s of secondary concern, as there should be one or two real gems among them, at least. Trois Rivières 1986 10YO (45%):…

Le Galion

Le Galion is a sugar factory on Martinique, about 20 minutes from Fort de France. It is actually the last sugar factory in Martinique. Established between 1861 and 1865, its name is derived from the nearby river Galion, which was used as a drinking water supply point by the Spanish galleons. Since 1984, the management…

Saint James’ golden days

We will have to get away without an appetizer today, but given what we are about to have, that should be fine. Note that the name of the title might be a bit exaggerated, but at the end of the day todays rums are some of, if not the best, Saint James I’ve ever had….

Mélasse Mystique de Martinique

Today we shall have a few older rhums from Martinique and the idea was to have only molasses rums. At the end of the day, we’ve also included an old cane juice distillate as a small bonus, however. Mostly it is not clear which distillery todays rums are hailing from but we  also have at…

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…