Velier Hampden 2010 7YO

Welcome back dear reader! Let’s skip the usual empty phrases and taste the Velier Hampden “<H>” 2010 7YO. The Bottling At least for now this is the last rum of Velier’s Khong series I shall review. After all only two of them are missing: One I haven’t tasted yet and one I didn’t really like. Coming from…

Samaroli West Indies Dark Rum 1948

After the Baur au Lac Llandovery Estate Old Jamaica Rum it’s time for another very special bottling and piece of rum history. The great Silvano Samaroli labeled this ‘one of the best spirits he has ever tasted’ and coming from him, I am inclined to believe that this rum truly is something magnificent. But let’s see…

An Interview with Cadenhead’s Mark Watt

It’s Lent, meaning that I will take a break from rum and alcohol in general until Easter. I am not a religious person but I believe that taking a break like this is very important from time to time, especially if you’d call Rum (or Whisky or whatever) your hobby. To keep the blog running during the…

Velier Caroni “Eataly” 2000 17YO

Alaaf my friends, it’s Fastelovend! Special times call for special rums and that’s why we shall have a look at the Velier Caroni 2000 17YO today, a single cask rum that has been bottled exclusively for Eataly. The Bottling Eataly is one of the largest retailers of Italian consumption goods in the world, offering restaurants, foods, drinks,…

Some Savannas

Savanna might be one of if not the most aspiring rum distillery these days, together with St. Lucia‘s St. Lucia Distillers and Barbados’ Foursquare Distillery. At least since the Savanna HERR 2006 10YO it jumped onto people’s radars. But not only their most extreme expressions are worthy of a deeper exploration, they have some other pretty interesting…

Rum Nation SBRR Enmore “KFM” 2002 14YO

After Johannes gave me a week off with his third book review it is time for some rum again. Today we have the Rum Nation Enmore 2002 14YO. Sorry that the review became so lengthy again. The Bottling This is one of the first three rums Rum Nation released for their new Small Batch Rare…

Rums of the Eastern Caribbean

​This time I am introducing you the book „Rums of the Eastern Caribbean“ by Edward Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton is founder of the “Ministry of Rum” blog. Apparently the Ministry of Rum was THE rum blog and source of information some years ago. Unfortunately, the blog is already a bit outdated now and the discussions have…

Silver Seal Enmore (Versailles) 1986 21YO

Welcome back dear reader. Next up in our small series on Versailles is the Silver Seal Enmore 1986 21YO. The Bottling Silver Seal dates back to 1979, when they were still called Sestante. Back then and still today they, like many other IBs, primarily bottle Whisky. After a ten-year downtime, they resumed operations in 2001. Being one of the…

Cadenhead’s Enmore Distillery “MEV” 1990 26YO

Today we have a rum from the Versailles Wooden Pot Still, which was located at the Enmore Distillery at the time of distillation. Thus, it should not be compared to rums from the Enmore Coffey Still, which we have already encountered with the Whiskybroker Diamond Distillery 2004 12YO, for example. Instead, we will have a closer…

Baur au Lac Llandovery Estate Old Jamaica Rum

Today we shall taste a very special bottling that likely dates back to the early or mid 20th century. It’s a piece of rum history if you will and comes from the long closed Llandovery Estate. The Bottling Llandovery was a sugar estate located on the north coast of Jamaica‘s St Ann parish. Named after…

Cadenhead’s Diamond Distillery “MPM” 2003 14YO

The label doesn’t say it explicitly but the reference to a pot still and the mark are telling enough. The Cadenhead’s Diamond Distillery “MPM” 2003 14YO is another rum from the unique Port Mourant Double Wooden Pot Still. The Bottling 2017 was not only the year that marked Velier‘s 70th anniversary but also Cadenhead’s 175th jubilee. While Velier…

1423 World Class Spirits S.B.S Rums

Today we have the very first vertical tasting in which we examine the range of one bottler. Usually I prefer horizontal tastings (products of the same distillery or even batch) since they allow us to discern the differences between otherwise very similar Rums but some people also advocate this type of tasting so why not…