Isautier

Isautier is another distillery we never really cared for but as we’ve said last time when we’ve had Takamaka: When Velier choses to bottle them, there might be a reason. Since we’ve never featured Isautier outside of a blind tasting, let’s have some historical background first. The Isautier Distillery has been founded in 1845 by…

Takamaka

I am very sorry that we are once again busier than we’d like to be so a smaller session has to suffice for today. However, it does include all of the Takamakas we have at the moment. Admittedly, that aren’t many but as we are about to see, there’s a reason for that. Habitation Velier…

Blairmont

I am really only aware of the two Blairmonts bottled by Velier, but I am sure that there were more Rums of that particular style – we just weren’t told. I am not going to start a guessing game, that would be futile, but precisely because of this, these two Rums are kinda unique. At…

Saint James it is

We are in the mood for Saint James, especially since we just managed to get samples of two very promising (and hyped bottlings). We did also find some much older stuff in the library but shall reserve this for some other time. Put differently, we will stay in the current century, but as we shall…

Caroni 1983

We are aware of two Caroni bottlings from this vintage, both of which are Heavy Trinidad Rums (HTR). Velier Caroni 1983 22YO (52%): Nose: This is clearly not the heaviest HTR out there and definitely not as dirty and intense as the Caroni profile you might have in mind. Instead we get a mix of…

Clarendon (Monymusk) 1995

Today’s Rums are all “EMB”s, a marque that turned out to be probably our favorite Monymusk marque. It refers to the Bog Estate, a distillery that has closed for good many, many years ago, but whose style has apparently been kept alive. There isn’t much information about the estate and essentially everything I know can…

Two 36YO Port Mourants

There are some days that are better than others. Today is such a day. Velier Port Mourant 1972 36YO (47,8%): This one might be “only” 35 years old, by the way. Nose: Lots of glue, Rum soaked raisins (I think they must have used old Demerara Rum for this!), Szechuan pepper, old pipe tobacco, a…

More Mhobas

We adore aliterations, and this one was too obvious. It has been a while since we’ve had our last Mhobas and it almost feels like this newcomer isn’t that new to the Rum business anymore. They have been getting a lot of praise over the last couple of years (rightly so) and seem to have…

WIRD/ WIRR/ Rockley/ Blackrock 1986 encore (young ones)

A couple of old Rockleys came out recently and we’ve done a massive session to compare them. We’ve also included all the other, younger Rockleys we could find and decided to split the session for the reviews. Today, we will have the “younger ones” (<20), next time, we shall have a look at the “older…

An Antigua Assemblage

Assemblage really is just euphemism for a trio in this case, but do you really want to read about these huge tasting sessions we do time and again!? Anyway, today we are back with Antigua Distillers Limited (ADL), a distillery that is flying below most people’s radars, even though they are constantly proving that they…

Skeldon

Ah, we’re at Skeldon again. Of course not at Skeldon distillery, which shut down for good in or around 1960, but with a pair triplet of Rums that wear the “SWR” marque – i.e. Rums that attempt to mimique those original Skeldon Rums that we more than likely never had and never will have (at…

More Aged Clairins

When we’ve had the first couple of aged Clairins, we’ve made a few observations. Firstly, the majority of the Caroni casks didn’t come through as we thought they would. We only found nuances of the “typical” Caroni notes in a few of the Clairins. Secondly, we didn’t think that these rums really benefitted from cask…