Hampden – 13, 12, 11 or 5, 6, 7

A quick and brief session today with a trio of Hampdens, spanning the vintages 2011-2013. You probably didn’t notice but the title ryhmes. Rum Exchange Hampden 2013 5YO (61,5%): The rum has spent two years in a former Oloroso cask and while Hampden and Sherry typically isn’t a good combination it comes from 1423 (S.B.S),…

Haiti

Haiti, for most of us that’s Barbancourt and the well-known Clairins. But there seems to be something new coming from that part of Hispanola all the time these days. Clairin Communal Blend des quatre communes (43%): Indeed, we do like Clairin (well, most of them) but I didn’t understand the need for the first blend…

German Rum Festival Berlin 2019 – Part III

Day three started with a private Rum & Breakfast session at Mr. B. from B.’s place. Apparently half of our group understood that the “Breakfst” part is only an indicator for the time as they did have breakfast before already. I was among those who thought that we will actually have breakfast together. But well,…

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…

A duo from Chamarel

The Rhumerie de Chamarel lies in a fertile valley 300 meters above sea level in the south-west of Mauritius. They are one of only a handful distilleries in the world that grows its own sugar cane. We weren’t really impressed by their VS 4YO but really liked Velier’s bottling from their Khong series. And as…

Long Pond “TECA” (2003 vs 2005)

TECA, a mark that can most likely be associated with the long-time closed Tilston Estate, is imitated by Long Pond Distillery these days. Pretty much in the same way as DDL is producing many of the old Demerara marks if you want. Anyway, few styles have been polarising the rum scene as much as TECA…

Montebello

Montebello are the guys who store their barreled rhum in large steel containers in order to fasten the maturation process. Since all the fuss is about tropical ageing these days (well, not just these days), I wonder how we should call this!? Tropical ageing+, tropical ageing 2.0 or perhaps super ageing!? But it in the…

Skeldon (1973 vs 2000)

I am having two Skeldons in the closet. Okay, let’s start over. You’re probably aware of it when you are a frequent reader of the blog and thus tend to belong to the very tiny amount of people who are part of this small, nerdy subsection of the rum-scene but the “Skeldon” labled rums have…

Three new unaged Jamaicans by Habitation Velier

Unaged Rum, one of the spirit’s biggest advantages over Whisky, say (there are many more, mind you!). Also it is always very interesting to compare raw distillates with aged expressions, even if they “only” have the same mark but don’t come from the same batch. Habitation Velier Hampden “LROK” 2018 (62,5%): They declare 350g/hlaa esters…

Hampden – two pairs of LROK

LROK, Light Rum Owen Kelly, is a mark used by Hampden to denote the ester range of 200-400 g/hlaa, which make it a Wedderburn rum (at least). The mark is probably most well-known from the rums of the 2000 batch, which have been released by a whole bunch of different bottlers. I have reviewed some…

Rum Around the World – ‘Exotics’

The most exotic rum I’ve reviewed so far was probably the Inverroche 7YO from South Africa. As I have had it in a blind-tasting, I had absolutely no clue where to put that one. Similarily, I’ve also tasted quite a few rums from Japan and especially Germany, which I’d put in this very same category….

Three Albions

It finally happened. DDL released two of the styles everyone and their mums have been waiting for since the company stopped giving Velier the exclusive right to bottle from their warehouse. Albion probably requires few introductory words and if the name doesn’t ring a bell just let me refer you to the Guyana country article…