More from the Chairman

As the title says, today we shall cover St. Lucia with their Chairman’s Reserve line selected by whoever. We do love these sessions as Saint Lucia Distillers rarely ever disappoint. Chairman’s Reserve 2012 8YO “Salon du Rhum” (46%): 50% JD I, 50% column still. Nose: Quite aromatic and herbal, even though the dilution is clearly…

Hampden 1993 (Part II)

These 1993s have been very good to legendary, so todays ensemble should be a fun encounter. Golden Devil Hampden “C<>H” 1993 27YO (64,8%): In case you didn’t know, Golden Devil is Hunter Laing’s US equivalent of Kill Devil. Please don’t ask why they (have to) use differet names and bottle colours. Nose: Plenty of solvent,…

C.A.D.C. (Destillerie Corporation Alcoolés del Caribe)

This is not our favorite place in the Rum world, admittedly, but from time to time we have to check them out as well, just to make sure. Who knows where the next batch à la T.D.L. 2001 hides… Rum Artesanal C.A.D.C. 2007 12YO (59,8%): To follow up on my thoughts from the introduction, it…

T.D.L. (#nocaroni)

Despite the hashtag, these Rums are not for sale. Let’s start with a pair of 2009s before moving over to the other pair of Rums that you and me came for. Anam na h-Alba T.D.L. 2009 11YO (65,7%): So yeah, while this is clearly not the Rum we are here for, it should be a…

Clarendon (Monymusk) 1995

Today’s Rums are all “EMB”s, a marque that turned out to be probably our favorite Monymusk marque. It refers to the Bog Estate, a distillery that has closed for good many, many years ago, but whose style has apparently been kept alive. There isn’t much information about the estate and essentially everything I know can…

Beenleigh 2007

The history of Beenleigh dates back to 1865, when the Englishmen John Davy and Francis Gooding purchased 300 acres of land along the Albert river, whichy the have named “Beenleigh” after their old Devonshire farm. Planning to grow cotton, it turned out that sugar cane was actually more lucrative. The story goes that a certain…

WIRD/ WIRR/ Rockley/ Blackrock 1986 encore (old ones)

After the young ones, it is a pleasure to present the old ones as well! Berry Bros & Rudd Barbados (WIRR) 1986 21YO (46%): The youngest of the old ones, bottled at drinking strength. Oh yeah, that was still pretty much the standard in the first decade of the 2000s… Nose: Compared to the “young…

South Pacific Distillery 2001

Probably THE most iconic batch of Fiji’s South Pacific Distillery. At least, it is the best one so far if you ask me and defines the distillery’s style like no other. As always, we shall start with the youngest one that’s left over and ascend in age. The Rum Cask Fiji 2001 18YO (55,7%): Nose:…

Cihuatán (El Salvador)

Typically we do not mention the country where the featured distillery of our tasting is located but with El Salvador, I often fail to recall the name of the country’s only distillery myself. But maybe that’s just me… Anyway, we have very little exposure to this very young distillery’s products, which has started production in…

New Yarmouth across “all” vintages

“Across all vintages” might sound like a lot, but in the case of New Yarmouth it is not, unfortunately. In fact, we’ve only got three (known!) vintages in total so far, but they were all excellent in their own way. Here’s again the overview of New Yarmouth’s marques: 95-150:       P150-250:     W250-350:   …

Blends, with ups and downs

Another sessions of Blends. When done correctly, they can excel. But how often is that really the case? Rum Artesanal Burke’s Single Blended Rum (Jamaica & Réunion, 61%): This is not the first Burke’s by Heinz Eggert. In fact, there have been several different releases in the past with different compositions and based on the…

Barbancourt 2004

While we’ve had numerous Rhums of this batch already, I do not recall ever reviewing one. Of course that does have a reason (lack of maturity, low abv) but with a few more recent releases that might be about to change. At least, you should give Rums like these another chance from time to time,…