Port Mourant 1985

A bunch of young Port Mourants from 1985 is on the agenda for today. They all come in at 46% and are between 10 and 12 years old. Bristol Port Mourant 1985 10YO (46%): Many of these old Bristols are surprisingly good, despite the dilution, and I don’t expect anything else here. Nose: A bit…

A trio from Sancti Spiritus (Paraiso)

Since your dear writer is quite involved with a few other issues these days, a quick trio from Cubas only non-state-owned distillery (afaik) has to suffice for today. S.B.S Cuba 2013 5YO “PX Finish” (50%): This one comes with a PX Sherry finish. I’d say this can work reasonably well with Sancti Spiritus but let’s…

Hampden, LROK edition

Jamaica’s finest distillery, today without a vintage but a marque instead. LROK (Light Rum Owen Kelly, Esters: 200-400 g/hlaa) is the between-ager of Hampden for me. I believe that Hampden is at its best when it comes to the ultra high ester marques (HLCF and beyond), while Rums with the OWH or LFCH marque feel…

Port Mourant 1997

Port Mourant is interesting since the style can roughly be grouped into three eras. There’s this 1960s/ ’70s/ and parts of ’80s style which has a profile which is about as dark as the Rums themselves. Then there’s the 1990s profile, which share similarities with some Rums of the 1980s where the anise and salty…

Savanna 2007 (Independent Bottlings)

Savanna is one of those distilleries that seems to be rather reluctant when it comes to giving out barrels or selling bulk. Alas, there aren’t many independent bottlers (IBs) that had the pleasure to include a “Savanna” in their portfolio but apparently there are a handful of 2007s around. I do not know what the…

Hampden 1990

One of, if not the most legendary Hampden batch. Sure, 1993 might have produced the very best Hampden ever, yet 1990 just seems to be a bit better overall. By the way, these Rums wear the marque C<>H, which stands for an ester range of 1300-1400 gr/hlaa. Berry Bros & Rudd Hampden 1990 17YO (46%):…

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,…

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…

Diamond 2001 (Diamond)

A batch of rums from the Diamond Blair still. There has been some confusion if it is a Diamond or an Uitvlugt (Savalle), but recently, the latter has been confirmed. What is more, the word on the street is (or much rather some very shady back alley) that these rums wear the marque SWR –…

Enmore (Versailles) “KFM” 1991

I didn’t think that there will be any more rums of this batch. After all, the last relese I am aware of dates back 12 (!) years ago. But apparently this year’s rotation of the Main Rum Company revealed a few more casks and the Flensburg Rum Company was the quickest player on the market….

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!?…