Caroni – Five Bottlers & Vintages (1994-1998)

Today’s tasting features Caronis by five different bottlers and from five different vintages, with some modest uncertainty as you are about to see. In theory, they should  span the years from 1994 to 1998. I’ll do my best to provide a comparison with other rums of the respective vintages as much as possible. Origin R Caroni…

Caroni 1999

1999 is another Caroni vintage which we didn’t get from either Bristol or Velier, who acquired the largest stocks of Caroni barrels at the auctions in 2008. What does that mean? Chances are high that these rums have been sold as bulk back then and should thus be continental aged. Since no artificial colouring has…

Velier Antigua Distillery 2012 6YO

Velier releases a rum from a distillery which we usually don’t get from independent bottlers or at full proof: By now it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I just had to try it! Today’s rum is the Velier Antigua Distillery 2012 6YO. The Bottling The story of sugar in Antigua goes back to 1674,…

S.B.S Uitvlugt (Port Mourant) 1998 19YO

Finally some Rum again! And I thought I should start with a Rum that no one really talks or talked about, despite being one of the very best to come out within the last twelve months if you ask me. I am talking about the S.B.S Guyana 1998 19YO. The Bottling Usually, whenever I am…

And a Bottle of Rum

Today I am reviewing what some might call the book on the history of rum, Wayne Curtis’ “And a Bottle of Rum”.  It was firstly published in 2006 and has since, judged by how frequently it appears in pictures on rum related Facebook groups, been very popular with the rum crowd. In July 2018 a…

Whiskies or Whisk(e)ys

Finally, we have Whiskies again. Or is it Whiskeys? How else should we distinguish Whisky from Whiskey in the plural? I have no idea. Neither did I really know which ones to put here but I think the following cover a broad array of what’s out there, and what I can find at home. Let’s…

Armagnac by L’Encantada & a Cognac

Armagnac has been overlooked by me for quite some time and the reason is as simple as it is stupid: I thought Cognac was very boring so why bother with Armagnac even!? What a folly! Armagnac can be really good and offer great value for money and as this tasting shows, even Cognac has its…

2x Alambic Classique Special Scottish Gin 1997 19YO

I don’t care much about Gin. To me, it is not much more than the most recent hype with another overpriced brand that no-one really needs sprouting out of nowhere basically every day. Especially the prices of some of these unaged, mass-produced, flavoured vodkas are so incredibly ridiculous when compared to other spirits that I…

Wine cask Bruichladdich & Port Charlotte

Today’s Whiskies share many things. They are all single cask bottlings at cask strength, come from Islay’s Bruichladdich Distillery, have been distilled in 2007 and aged entirely in former wine casks. One is unpeated (Bruichladdich), two are peated (Port Charlotte). Let’s start with the former. Scotch Universe Europa A 2007 10YO “Château Caladroy” (Bruichladdich, 67,8%):…

Rum Cask finished Whiskies

I decided to dedicate the entire month of August to other spirits than rum. Naturally, this means mostly whiskies but other lovely spirits will find their way onto this blog as well. Generally, I think doing this is useful for several reasons: I also enjoy other spirits occasionally and believe that doing something else than rum…

Velier Diamond 1981 31YO

Last time we’ve had the thirty year old Rum Nation Jamaica (even though the average age is probably a bit older than that) and today we add a year to make it 31. However, these are 31 tropical years and I wonder how much rum, relative to the adulteration from the wood, has survived. The Bottling I…

Fires at Long Pond & Rum Nation Jamaica 30YO

Actually I wanted to talk about another rum today but the recent catastrophe at Jamaica‘s Long Pond distillery made me change my mind. Three days ago, on Monday 16.7.2018, fires on a sugar cane field nearby the Long Pond sugar factory spread to a pile of bagasse, a residual product of sugar cane crushing, and…