Letter of Marque

If you have been following the rum scene on Social Media you may know it already but if not, I have very exciting news for you. Together with my buddies from Rumboom and Barrel Aged Thoughts I have been involved in a very special project: We are about to release our very own rum! Under the…

The Distiller’s Guide to Rum

Today I am getting into the technicalities of rum production by reviewing the book “The Distiller’s Guide to Rum” by Ian Smiley, Eric Watson & Michel Delevante. Michael Delevante has been in the spirits business for nearly 50 years, at some point he was even the senior distiller for Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum. More on…

Some Savannas Part II

Thanks to a few bottle splits by Freddy I got a new bag of Savannas, including a traditional rum, an agricole, two unaged Grand Arômes (High Ester) and a HERR that has been bottled exclusively for Japan’s Shinanoya Tokyo & Bar Lamp. While Grand Arômes are always of great interest to us, the former two…

A handful of Hampdens from 2000 (LROK)

With an ester range of 200-400 g/hlaa, LROK is a typical Wedderburn mark. While I love Hampden, especially for its high ester, continental flavoured rums, Long Pond is the king of the Wedderburn style if you ask me. As such, I did have my difficulties with some of the 2000 Hampdens, especially the younger ones (Duncan Taylor…

Rhum Rhum 2007

Rhum Rhum is the brand born out of the collaboration between Velier’s Luca Gargano, master distiller Gianni Capovilla and the Marie-Galante based distillery Bielle. What’s so special about Rhum Rhum is that they are almost trying to reinvent the production of Rhum Agricole. To that end, they experimented with new fermentation, distillation and ageing techniques….

April’s Fool 2018: “Warning: Toxic substances found in Caroni!”

After my most recent research about the Caroni distillery I found out about this and just have to warn you: Caroni is most certainly incredibly toxic and even small drams can cause severe damage to your stomach, kidneys and colon! While I was trying to find out how the characteristic notes of tar, burnt rubber…

Interview with Duncan Taylor’s Peter Currie

This time we have Duncan Taylor‘s Global Sales Manager Peter Currie and his team in charge of the selection process answering a few questions. Thanks a lot for taking the time to do so! Duncan Taylor has a long history in bottling Scotch Whisky. What was your motivation to start bottling rum as well and…

Cologne Spirits 2018 Part II

Today we continue with my impressions from the second day of the Cologne Spirits. For the first day, click here. Saturday Friday’s session was tough and I contemplated whether to go for a quick run or not. The bad conscience of breaking Lent had to fight a (very mild) headache and the sudden snow. Surprise,…

Cologne Spirits 2018 Part I

Last weekend we got to check out the Cologne Spirits, the most recent addition to the increasingly popular Rum fairs. Located in Germany’s most beautiful city, the general framework for a meeting with my rum buddies from all over the country was set. Or so we thought. Out of about 15 people, three have been…

Damoiseau 1953 31YO

This time we taste a rum that has been bottled before I was born. Bottled, not distilled! Crazy stuff. It’s the Damoiseau 1953 31YO. The Bottling If you ask me, I think it is rather crazy that you are still able to buy this rum, even if it is at four digits (I’ve seen it…

Nicaraguan Rum, Labour Conditions, and Western Apathy

Rums from Nicaragua are as far away from being my favorites as it gets. There’s virtually nothing in their profiles that is to my liking. As a result, I have stopped getting samples and tasting them altogether at some point. My most recent exposure to Nicaraguan rum was when we’ve had the Kill Devil Nicaragua…

Rum: A Social and Sociable History

Today I am presenting the book ‘Rum: A Social and Sociable History’ by Ian Williams. Ian Williams was formerly the UN correspondent for “The Nation” and is the author of several books of which this is the only one on rum or the subject of  spirits in general. Let’s start with the basics. The book was published in…