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…

St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Nicholas Abbey, Barbados’ youngest distillery, started distilling in 2013, even though they were already bottling rum since 2009. While the distillery is very new, it is home to one of the oldest sugar cane plantations in Barbados and possibly also the entire Caribbean. It seems plausible that rum has been distilled here at some…

Saint James

We’ve already reviewed one of the famous 1998 bottlings of Saint James where you can find some background information on the distillery. Today we will have a look at two of their ‘standards’ and a rather special pair of rhums. Saint James 12YO (~2017, 43%): The twelve-year-old has always been a good yet borderline pricy…

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…

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…

OB Blindtasting: “Spanish Style Rum”

I admit it: I am often times bashing Spanish style rums for being flat, boring, too similar to one another and whatnot. Note that I didn’t even mention the increased likelihood of adulteration and misleading age statements. Anyways, our buddy Niki sent me a few blind samples of only Spanish style official bottlings and today we…

Worthy Park Cask Selection Series #3-5

After the indie Worthy Parks, let’s move on to their new official bottlings. Worthy Park is one of the few distilleries who have really been pursuing the releases of own bottlings lately, with quite some success. The rums of their Cask Selection Series play around with different types of finishes/ double maturations, i.e. they have…

Hampden Estate Pure Single Jamaican Rum 7YO

After a long time we are finally having a set of official bottlings again. What’s even better is that they come from Hampden, one of my very favorite distilleries. Today we compare the Hampden Estate Pure Single Jamaican Rum at 46% with its Overproof cousin. The Bottlings While these are official bottlings, even the blind…

Appleton Joy vs Appleton 21YO

It’s duel time again and this time the contenders are two official bottlings from Appleton. Both are of comparable age (25 versus 21 years) and abv (45% vs 43%) but differ in price by a factor of ~2.5 (175-230€ vs 75-85€). As you’ve probably already read in the title, we have the Appleton Joy and…

The J. Bally range

While everybody’s focus always seems to be on the exclusives and special vintage bottlings, e.g. the J.Bally 1999 18YO Brut de Fût or the 1998 released a bit earlier, it is often instructive to check out the standards as well. Especially when the exclusives are rather special. To be honest, I have no clue how…