Père Labat

Père Labat is distilled at the Poisson Distillery on Marie-Galante, which has been founded by the Poisson family in 1860. Starting out as a sugar mill, it was Edouard Rameau (probably related to Paul Rameau, who has been involved with the Bielle Distillery since the 1940s) who bought the property in 1916, installed a distillery and…

Velier Caroni 1996 17YO: HP vs FP

It’s Caroni time again. If you’ve followed this little blog from the very beginning you’ll know that this is where it all started. And surprise surprise, this is where we will go back to time and again. Today we will have a look at the 1996 17YO twin release by Velier. The Bottlings These two…

Dominican Republic: Cave Guildive vs S.B.S

We have another premiere on this little blog. Una World Premiere if you want! For the first time we have two rums from the Dominican Republic (DomRep), a country whose rums I usually avoid. I’ve just had too many bad experiences with their rums in the past, especially those produced by O&O. The Solera system…

OB Blindtasting: “Spanish Style Rum”

I admit it: I am often times bashing Spanish style rums for being flat, boring, too similar to one another and whatnot. Note that I didn’t even mention the increased likelihood of adulteration and misleading age statements. Anyways, our buddy Niki sent me a few blind samples of only Spanish style official bottlings and today we…

Worthy Park Cask Selection Series #3-5

After the indie Worthy Parks, let’s move on to their new official bottlings. Worthy Park is one of the few distilleries who have really been pursuing the releases of own bottlings lately, with quite some success. The rums of their Cask Selection Series play around with different types of finishes/ double maturations, i.e. they have…

More Worthy Parks

It is time for a bunch of Worthy Parks again. A few official bottlings reached me recently but before we discuss them let’s catch up on some of the IBs. Lately, more and more Worthy Parks are hitting the shelves and why the differences in quality are tremendous at times, there’s something many of them…

Bristol Caroni Sherrywood 10YO: 43% versus 46%

Today we’re having something special for you! For the first time on this blog, you will not only get my impression, but also that of another rum blogger I respect a lot. I am talking about our Belgian friend from Liège (so almost German basically), Roger Caroni! The idea goes back to when he was…

GuySuCo and the Molasses Crisis

Historical Background At the beginning of the 19th century we experienced the first sugar crisis after sugar cane’s boom, which led to the bankruptcy of many smaller sugar estates and hence also the closure of the corresponding rum distilleries. Even though cane sugar can compete with beet sugar on the global market, the reality looks…

Bielle Extra Vieux 2010 6YO (LMDW 60th anniversaire)

We take a trip to Marie-Galante, a dependency of Guadeloupe and hence an overseas department of France. Well, actually we shall just taste a rhum from over there. However, the temperatures over here are also adjusting to what they are over there so we do indeed get some holiday vibes. The Bottling The Bielle Extra Vieux 2010…

Hampden Estate Pure Single Jamaican Rum 7YO

After a long time we are finally having a set of official bottlings again. What’s even better is that they come from Hampden, one of my very favorite distilleries. Today we compare the Hampden Estate Pure Single Jamaican Rum at 46% with its Overproof cousin. The Bottlings While these are official bottlings, even the blind…

2x St Gilles (1950s)

Thanks to several bottle splits I got my hands on a few old rums. We start with a pair of St Gilles from the 1950s but the others will eventually also find their way onto this blog. The Bottlings Unfortunately my background research on these rhums didn’t produce a whole lot. According to Lance, a…

How about these Transcontinental Rum Lines?

I usually don’t see a lot of use in reviewing the line of a single bottler because, well, there’s just not a whole lot to learn from that. Cross-tasting the rums of a single distillery between and even more so within vintages makes much more sense to me. Nevertheless, I participated in a larger bottle…