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…

Velier Caroni 2000 17YO EU versus US version

Last year, Velier released their first and so far only US exclusive Caroni, a 17 year old heavy rum from 2000. Since you cannot let the EU come out empty-handed, we get our own version as well. Today we shall compare the two bottlings and judge how they compare to the other Caronis from 2000…

The Spirit of Rum

Today I am presenting the brand new book release “The Spirit of Rum” by Giovanna Moldenhauer. It was published in May 2018, costs around 12€ and has 143 pages. After a short introduction, the book starts with a chapter on the “Etymology of the word rum and its origin”. Interestingly, it mentions that the word…

New Yarmouth 2005 in Cask Strength

Happy Father’s Day! Few rums have surprised us as much as the Compagnie des Indes New Yarmouth 2005 12YO last year. It is about time that we check out the available cask strength versions! After the 55% version of  Compagnie des Indes‘ New Yarmouth has been received very well and sold out relatively quickly the obvious questions…