Rarity/ Antiquity/ Obscurity Blind-Tasting

Between June and July I took part in a very special blind-tasting organised by Niki, which he fittingly labeled “Rarity/ Antiquity/ Obscurity Tasting”. Niki is known for collecting DDR-rums but apparently many other interesting, old and odd bottlings have amassed in his cabinet over the years. All we’ve got to know beforehand is that none…

Quite a few Worthy Parks

The rum market has been flooded with Worthy Parks by independent bottlers lately. Once more this revealed a relatively well-known pattern: The best casks tend to be bottled first, while the rest is held back for further ageing. Moreover, the great maturities and successes of a couple of relatively young, though at least partially tropically…

Velier Caroni “Guyana Stock” 1994 23YO

Today we have Velier’s latest vintage Caroni. It has been “double matured” in Trinidad and Guyana and comes with a colossal angel’s share of >85%. It’s the Velier Caroni 1994 23YO. The Bottling “Il y a même des gens qui m’ont dit ne pas avoir acheté les premiers Caroni car le prix n’était pas assez…

Rum Nation Jamaica 8YO Oloroso Finish

We stay at Jamaica’s Worthy Park distillery and double the age of last week’s rum. We also add a sherry finish. Let me introduce you to the “Rum Nation Jamaica 8YO Oloroso Finish”! The Bottling Rum Nation doesn’t provide us with the name of the distillery, which they only started doing very recently, but they give us…

Rumexpert Blind-Tasting #11

These are my notes from the latest rumexpert bling-tasting by Thomas G., who has been organising them on a regular basis for quite some time now. We have five rums and had to guess the country of origin, name of the distillery, the bottler, the rum’s age and abv, whether or not is has a special…

The Rum Cask Worthy Park 2009 4YO

It’s time for another rum from “The Rum Cask”. They have built a reputation for releasing high quality rums at very reasonable prices. Today’s bottling is one of their very first releases and no exception, despite its young age. It is the The Rum Cask Worthy Park 2009 4YO. The Bottling This was one of…

Four Fijians from four different vintages

This is another Fiji cross-tasting but this time we compare a bunch of different vintages (vertical tasting) rather than within a vintage (horizontal tasting). Different vintages of course means different washes and production batches. While the distillery’s unique character should be found in all of the rums, we might still expect different nuances in the flavour…