Port Mourant 2005

Is there anything that still needs to be said about the Double Wooden Port Mourant pot still? I don’t think so. If you want to learn more nevertheless, let me refer you to the Guyana country article and especially the information under Port Mourant and in the reviews you can find beneath it. For quite…

Blends, love ’em or hate ’em

Let me be honest with you. The name of this blog suggests it already but we aren’t very fond of blends at Single Cask Rum. We like distinct, characteristic and unique rums. Nevertheless, I’ve found a few blended, multi-country or at least multi-distillery rums in my sample box. Maybe we can find a hidden gem among…

Wray & Nephew 12YO (~1960s)

It’s time for another interesting, old bottling from Jamaica. Today we have the Wray & Nephew 12YO, most likely dating back to the 1960s. The Bottling Now everyone wants to know about the Wray & Nephew 17YO for obvious reasons but that one is pretty much as hard to get as it gets, if it…

Cachaça

Today I am reviewing a book on rhum agricoles brother, or cousin as some may say, cachaça. It is a spirit that is slowly but steadily gaining fans among rum aficionados.  Unfortunately, there are not many books written on the subject in English. In fact, the only book I am aware of is “Cachaça” by Milton…

Caroni-cask aged Clairins

Last time I’ve said that I will be reviewing a bunch of January 1998 Caronis today but something else and way more interesting made has been delivered to my place. It’s not that long ago that I’ve introduced you to Clairin – The Spirit of Haiti. Now, a few, just slightly aged, single cask Clairins have been…

Kill Devil Caroni 1998 18YO

Today we have the second rum from the Caroni 1998 December batch by a bottler which I have not reviewed so far. It is the Kill Devil Caroni 1998 18YO. The Bottling Kill Devil is the rum line of Hunter Laing, a renowned independent bottler of Scotch Whisky. Hunter Laing’s history dates back to 1949,…

Cadenhead’s Caroni “HTR” 1998 18YO

We’ve had mostly cross-tastings lately and while I prefer this way of tasting and reviewing rums it often requires a lot more time and effort than single reviews. Moreover, sometimes we just have these rums which deserve a review on their own. Today’s rum is the Cadenhead’s Caroni 1998 18YO. The Bottling This is another…

Tasting Glasses Part II – Unconventionals

This is part II of the Nosing Glass comparison where we compare some more unorthodox glasses. For part I, which includes the standards, click here. Again, there’s a multitude of special and unconventional nosing glasses out there and we really cannot test them all. Instead, here are some of the (what we thought are the) more…

Tasting Glasses Part I – Standards

I’ve spent the last weekend with a few rum buddies at Johannes’ place, where we decided to compare the nosing qualities of a few tasting glasses (besides tasting plenty of rum, of course). The session was split in two parts of four glasses each. The reason to limit it to four glasses is simple: While there…

Enmore Versailles 1990

I have already introduced Versailles, the Single Wooden Pot Still which has produced rum at Enmore Distillery for a long time before it has been moved to Uitvlugt and eventually to the Diamond Distillery, so I won’t annoy you with that again. If you want to learn more nevertheless, make sure to check out the…

Old Jamaica Blind Tasting

After last year’s Rarity/ Antiquity/ Obscurity Blind-Tasting by Niki it was time for part II. This time he sent us solely old Jamaican rums which you cannot buy regularly anymore. All he told us this time was that we wouldn’t be getting any ‘Rumverschnitt’ and no DDR products. By the way, he once told us where he…

Caroni Light Style

Caroni used to produce two vastly different styles. The one we know and love today is what we’ve got to know as the “Heavy” style, a high ester expression which they distilled with their very short single column still or by placing plates to make a cut at the appropriate point (and time if you…