Providence

The “First Drops” were already quite good. These are the distillery’s subsequent two releases, one from another batch and one that builds on the 2019 cane harvest. Providence “Dunder & Syrup” 2021 (56%): Nose: Very crisp and clear and yet still ample aromatic. I get a hint of varnish, ripe apples, green mango, vanilla, rich…

US Rums

Once, the US, or much rather New England, was one of the Rum distilling places in the world. As you know, a lot has changed since then but many new distilleries are popping up in the US these days. We have to work with the few samples we get on this side of the pond….

Appleton

Appleton is on the agenda and we have a lineup that couldn’t be much more diverse. The new 8YO makes the start. Appleton 8YO (bottled 2022, 43%): This is a recent addition to the core range and it replaced the V/X if I understand correctly. The V/X was a blend of five and ten year…

Monymusk from the 2000s

A bunch of Monymusks that have been distilled two decades ago. We managed to feature almost every possible vintage. Rum Artesanal Clarendon “EMB” 2009 12YO (64,3%): A “new” batch, with new meaning that it is the first Monymusk bottling of this vintage that I am aware of. By the way, EMB is probably our favorite…

Did we just acquire some Bologne!?

There just aren’t many Bolognes so there’s not much to write about. But here’s a brand new pair, at least it is new to us. Bologne Élevé Sous Bois (42%): Admittedly, these basics aren’t the most exciting bottlings but they are always worth checking out. This one ought to be one or two years old….

Enmore (Versailles) 1988 “AWM / MEA”

The light aka uncoloured 1988 Enmore Versailles batch. I still have noch clue what the marque “AWM” stands for but “MEA” just has to be Main Enmore AWM. In case you are wondering, the “dark” 1988 Enmore match will follow eventually, and it will be split into at least two sessions I think! By the…

Caroni 2000

We are back from our summer break but admittedly, didn’t take a break from Rum. How can you resist those Rhum Blanc selections in French supermarkets after all!? Anyway, Caroni is on the agenda today and I thought we should catch up a bit on that 2000 vintage, which got already rather old. After a…

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…