Interview with Dominik Marwede (Rum Artesanal)

When asking a rum geek who the bottler of the moment is, many will probably come up with the name “Rum Artesanal“. That title has definitely been well-deserved. They have always been known for the quality of their products and their excellent pricing policy, which really makes you question the decisions of certain other bottlers…

Supposedly sacred Savannas

Aliterations are awesome, aren’t… ahhh… athey.!? Once again, we are essentially one release series behind, but I don’t think this page has ever been about the hottest current stuff. Savanna 2004 14YO “Unshared Cask Rum Artesanal” (53,6%): This traditional rum (i.e. molasses with “normal” fermentations) has been bottled exclusively for Rum Artesanal, Savanna’s German partner….

Port Mourant 1993

They say tropical ageing is about two to three times as fast as continental ageing. Today we have a wee battle between a relatively younger, tropically aged Port Mourant and one that has been ageing for essentially twice as long in the UK. The only other 1993 Port Mourant I am aware of is the…

Bellevue/ Belvedere (Damoiseau) 1998 encore

There are just so many rums from this batch out there, we just had to do another session. And before the questions start to appear again, yes, these are all from Damoiseau! Cadenhead’s Bellevue “GMBV” 1998 16YO (57,1%): We start with a slightly older bottling. GMBV is a typical Main mark by the way. I…

Her Highness, VSG (from the ’90s)

This session was supposed to feature two new, old Versailles, namely the Rum Artesanal Enmore (Versailles) 1994 25YO and the Flensburg Rum Company Enmore (Versailles) 1992 27YO. For the latter, we do have a proper sparring partner, for the former, we seem to have finished the amazing Cadenhead’s Enmore (Versailles) “REV” 1994 11YO some time…

Ethereal – A Single Cask Rum bottling

I am super happy to announce the first bottling for and by this little blog! Together with our buddy Dominik from Rum Artesanal, we are proud to release “Ethereal”, a magnificent blend featuring three of our very favorite distilleries with some of the best vintages that have ever come out of them! So why a…

Caroni 01/1998

The January 1998 batch is not really one of our favorites, but great casks can be found almost everywhere. Well, it is tough, but hope dies last… Kintra Caroni 1998 19YO (55,1%): The nose is relatively sweet and rather fruity for a Caroni. Freshly made caramel is paired with ripe papayas, citrus fruits and sour…

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…

German Rum Festival Berlin 2019 – Part I

We’ve spent last weekend in Berlin at and around the 9th edition of the German Rum Festival, one of the by now most important Rum gatherings in the world. But before the festival kicked off on Saturday, me and a few fellow rum geeks received an invitation by Rum Artesanal (RA) to join their boat…

Demerara, but what’s the style?

If the label says Guyana, Demerara or Diamond Distillery, that could be about anything. While there’s only one distillery left in the country, they are able to produce an immense range of different styles with several vastly different stills. Alas, you often times don’t know what you get. Sometimes we can tell from the date…

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…

Diamond 2004 (Enmore)

This is a batch that has been released en masse lately. The very first release that I remember was the Whiskybroker 2004 12YO, where we already learned about the mark: “MDXC”. While I still don’t know what this is referring to, I am 99% sure that the last C indicated coloured, since we’ve got coloured…