Savanna – The Wild Island Edition

2020 marks the 150th birthday of Savanna and they decided to celebrate the occasion with a special “Wild Island” collection. On papaer, it should be a good cross-section of the distilleries styles and of course we are hoping for “better than usual” releases with this special series. I wonder if that is even possible though……

T.D.roni

Consider a distillery that is producing mostly below average rums. Sure, like many others, they also have a good rum here and there, but the vast majority of their products is boring, interchangable and typically just not very good. What is more, they even buy rum externally for their own blends. Doesn’t sound good, right!?…

Chairman’s Reserve

There has been a large bunch of special Chariman’s Reserve releases and given that Saint Lucia Distillers (SLD) is one of our favorite distilleries, we did have to check them out of course. By the way, these should all be single casks released for private groups, mostly shops. And yes, my buddies also chose a…

New Yarmouth

Thanks to our buddies from Rum Artesanal, we finally got access to a pair of rums from New Yarmouth that are not part of the 2005 batch, which means that we get the chance to dive deeper into the style(s) the distillery is, or much rather has been, producing. After all, we are essentialy always…

Hampden 2019 Single Cask collection

We have good news for you. Firstly, our buddy Artur finally managed to launch his blog “The Dunder Hut”. As if that weren’t good enough already, we did do todays tasting together and you will thus not only get my opinion of the rums, but Artur’s as well. So make sure to check that out…

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 1990

Happy Easter! I feel like we should have done a Happy Ester tasting but let’s safe that for some other time and stop at Port Mourant again. We never do get fed up with it, do we!? James MacArtuhr’s Port Mourant 1990 (50%): Unfortunately we know neither the age nor the bottling date of this one…

Caroni 1993

With the 1993 vintage you never know what you’ll get. There are very light and subpar rums such as the Origin R. Caroni 1993 21YO (really closer to neutral spirit than to Caroni), extremely woody weirdos such as the Bristol/ 1423 1993 21YO (that one was extremely bad imo) and then one of my very…

Fiji

South Pacific Distillery is another of our secret favourites. Their style is just so unique and aromatic that it is almost always worth checking them out. I just found some of their column still rums rather boring but as we are about to see today, they can even produce good column still distillate. All hail,…

Hampden 1998

After the 1992 vintage we’ve had some time ago, we shall continue with the 1998 batch, which has the same HLCF marque. For an overview on Hampden and its marks, click here. Kill Devil Hampden 1998 18YO (46%): Let’s start with a pair at drinking strength. Hampden rarely ever works for me at reduced strength…

Port Mourant 1991

Do you also sometimes get the impression that some batches are just… “odd”!? Well, I do, for different reasons. With this one, its because I am not really aware of many other bottlings. There have been rums by Cadenhead’s and The Secret Treasure but give or take two or three other bottlings, that has been…

More from Savanna

It’s absolutely beyond me but for some weird reason Savanna is still flying under most people’s radars and doesn’t receive the recognition they deserve, even though that has changed quite a bit with the most recent release wave. Since we do have plenty of catching-up to do, let’s have the previous one first. Savanna Traditionnel…