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…

Velier Caroni 1996 20YO

This is the second series of 1996s after this pair of 17YOs, which were solid, but not quite up there with some of the other amazing Caronis from that year. Like the 17YOs, these two beauties come from the “Trinidad stock” as well, which, for reasons unknown to me, seems to have produced the slightly…

Caroni 1985

A quartett of Caronis from 1985 today. We have a blended one (meaning a blend of both, light and heavy type rums), a heavy full proof rum and a heavy rum that is not full proof but nevertheless comes in at a higher proof then the full proof. Clear? By the way, I absolutely adore…

Caroni 1974

Besides a few official bottlings and a pair of abysmal Moon Import Caronis from the 1960s, these are the oldest Caronis I know. But old isn’t always better, especially with Caroni, who had their glorious moments in the 1990s if you ask me. Anyway, we have to admit that this is already the second time…

Rhum Rhum

Rhum Rhum is about to move from Bielle to Poisson (Père Labat) and will be registered as an individual distillery. Apparently, working with Bielle turned out to be rather difficult. I wonder what this means for Rhum Rhum, since I’ve always loved Bielle, but never felt quite the same for Père Labat. At best, or…

Caroni 1989

Ah, 1989. My year of birth. Yes, I am that old, or young, depending on where you are coming from. For some people, having vintage bottlings from their year of birth is very important. For me, it is not, for two reasons. a) We prefer quality over romanticism. which leads to: b) The high quality…

Diamond 1996

Good Diamonds are hard to come by and the Velier releases aside, I think I can count the decent bottlings with the finger of a single hand. That’s a real pity, given how much potential is being wasted right there but you know the story… and of course that’s not a phenomenon that’s exclusive to…

Monymusk 2010

Two different Monymusks from the same year, yet with two different marques. Just by itself, that’s of course always interesting, but here we are also dealing with different production technologies: a pot and a column still distillate. If you know what Monymusk’s column still looks like (if not, just click the link above), you probably…

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…

Three new Habitation Veliers

Getting your hands on a bottle of Habitation Velier has never been this difficult, has it!? Anyway, we managed to get a bundle of all three new releases -we’ve split them of course- and are keen to check them out. Habitation Velier Privateer 2017 3YO (55,6%): I’ve read that this one contains not only the…

Port Mourant 1975

Essentially antique Port Mourants today. Some have an excellent reputation, others, well, rather an average one. I am not stressing it all time but that’s why we do semi-blind tastings whenever possible. Sure, the difference in abv can often be telling but it is still the best we can do. At least colour is not…

Bearing(!?) Blends Part I

A good blend is more than just the sum of its parts. Of course that statement is supposed to be correct, yet most blenders don’t manage to live up to that standard. I guess at the end of the day many producers are just trying to disguise bad barrels. Nevertheless, a few blends manage to…