The Curious Bartender’s Rum Revolution

It’s time for another book review by Johannes, our Rum Aficionado. This time he is introducing us to Tristan Stephenson’s “The Curious Bartender’s Rum Revolution”. It’s Stephenson’s fifth book so far, after publishing very successfully on cocktails, whisky, gin and coffee. The hardcopy version was published in 2017 and sells for around 16€. It has 256…

Appleton Joy vs Appleton 21YO

It’s duel time again and this time the contenders are two official bottlings from Appleton. Both are of comparable age (25 versus 21 years) and abv (45% vs 43%) but differ in price by a factor of ~2.5 (175-230€ vs 75-85€). As you’ve probably already read in the title, we have the Appleton Joy and…

Velier Mount Gilboa 2008 9YO

I’ve written this review a few weeks ago and just had this rum in a blind-tasting. For the laughters: I couldn’t say with certainty what I was tasting. But then again, neither did my pals whom I have shared this bottle with. Once again, this showed how difficult blind-tastings really are. The Bottling After the Velier…

J.Bally 1999 18YO Brut de Fût

The last tasting session was not a great success for me. The happier I am to introduce you to another very special rhum, the J.Bally 1999 18YO Brut de Fût! The Bottling After the J.Bally 1998, this is only the second Brut de Fût released by J.Bally ever! If you haven’t read last week’s review or are unfamiliar…

The J.Bally range

While everybody’s focus always seems to be on the exclusives and special vintage bottlings, e.g. the J.Bally 1999 18YO Brut de Fût or the 1998 released a bit earlier, it is often instructive to check out the standards as well. Especially when the exclusives are rather special. To be honest, I have no clue how…

Spirit of the Cane – The Story of Cuban Rum

Welcome back dear Rum Aficionados! Today I am very happy to introduce you to the Rum Aficionado, Johannes Breit, who will get his very own little section on book reviews on this blog. Personally, I do not know a single person who has read more on rum than Johannes so I am honored that he…

Velier St. Lucia 2010 7YO

I have written relatively extensively about St. Lucia but for some strange reason I have yet to introduce its island’s rums! Let’s start with the latest addition by an independent bottler (IB), the Velier St. Lucia 2010 7YO! The Bottling This rum is part of the “Khong” series, a selection of Velier bottlings which all…

Damoiseau Full Proofs (1989, 1991 & 1995)

Damoiseau is the only remaining distillery on Grand-Terre, the eastern part of Guadeloupe. It is the youngest but also the largest distillery in terms of total output (about 3.2 million litres a year) on the island. Headed by Hervé Damoiseau, they produce a very light rhum style and, more interestingly, also distill from molasses from time to time when…

A few new Neissons

Today we examine a large part of the (new) Neisson range. Their previous range was great already, as were their special bottlings. I’ve heard that the new range might be even better. It’s about time we find it out for ourselves. But first some background information. The plantation of the Neisson family dates back to 1922,…

The Darién Gap

The Darién Gap is a swampy region in the Pan-American Highway around the Colombian and Panamanian border. The 100-160 km long gap impedes road building and poses huge environmental cost. For the funnsies, let’s try a few rums I usually wouldn’t review. In all fairness, most of them might be suitable companions for a nice cigar….

Caronis from 1997

1997 was the year of non-Velier Caronis with a lot of magnificent rums such as the A.D. Rattray Caroni 1997 17YO, the Duncan Taylor 1997 16YO or the The Rum Cask 1997 18YO, to name just a few. Similarly, it shouldn’t be very surprising that there were also a few black sheep among them. The Vallinch…

Compagnie des Indes New Yarmouth 2005 12YO

Today we have the first rum from New Yarmouth by an independent bottler that I get to try. To take it away: Compagnie des Indes digged out a real treasure here. Kudos to Florent Beuchet at this point! The Bottling The French independent bottler Compagnie des Indes needs no further introduction, New Yarmouth on the other hand probably…