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…

GuySuCo and the Molasses Crisis

Historical Background At the beginning of the 19th century we experienced the first sugar crisis after sugar cane’s boom, which led to the bankruptcy of many smaller sugar estates and hence also the closure of the corresponding rum distilleries. Even though cane sugar can compete with beet sugar on the global market, the reality looks…

Velier Uitvlugt “Modified GS” 1996 18YO

It’s time for the first tropically aged Demerara by Velier. The collaboration between Luca Gargano and Yesu Persaud gave us a few of the very best column still rums ever if you ask me. Today we have the Velier Uitvlugt 1996 18YO! The Bottling The relationship between Luca Gargano, the head of Velier, and Yesu…