3x Berry’s Finest Fijian Rum 2001

Today we have a small cross-tasting of three Fijians of Berry Bros & Rudd. All are bottled at 46%, should come from the same 2001 batch and differ from one another by one year of ageing. For more on Berry’s, click here. More on Fiji can be found in the previous reviews and here. Berry Bros & Rudd…

Pellegrini Fiji “Enfant Terrible” 2003 13YO

Another rum from one of Fiji’s two major vintages, 2001 being the other. Unlike the Cadenhead’s Fiji South Pacific Distillery 2003 13YO, it has been sold out already. However, many people prefer 2001 over 2003 anyways. Personally, I can’t decide between the two. We will encounter all available vintages in due course. Before that, let’s check…

Interview with Florent Beuchet (Compagnie des Indes)

Florent Beuchet, the man behind Compagnie des Indes, was a sport and stopped tasting from our delicous future purchases to answer a few questions. As he’s probably well known in the rum scene by now, let’s jump right in! Florent, what was your motivation to start Compagnie des Indes? After working in New York for almost…

Cadenhead’s Fiji South Pacific Distillery 2003 13YO

Let’s taste a rum from a country (and distillery) which is still a bit under many rum drinkers’ radars. It is a style which I enjoy quite a bit but it is also very distinct and definitely not to everybody’s liking. Today we have the Cadenhead’s Fiji South Pacific Distillery 2003 13YO. The Bottling The…

4 Blind Reviews

Some time ago my friend Thomas from Rumboom sent me (and a few other guys) two blind samples. Of course I do not want to withhold my notes from you. Motivated by him, I will try to do this more often from now on. The additional samples come from an earlier blind tasting by Eric. Thanks a…

Velier Basseterre Vieux 1997

Let’s take a small detour to Guadeloupe, the only logical sequal to the Martinicans from the previous reviews. Today’s rum is the Velier Basseterre Vieux 1997. The Bottling Even though the label reads Basseterre (a city on Saint Kitts and Nevis), the Velier Basseterre Vieux 2007 actually comes from Basse-Terre, the western half of Guadeloupe. On the back label we…

A bunch of Agricoles from Martinique

Welcome back to another cross-tasting! This time we have a bunch of agricoles from Martinique, two vintage or Millésime rhums and two more from Depaz. Let’s see whether they have something on the ball. J.M. Vieux 2002 (46,3%): This is a ten year old rhum from J.M., the northernmost distillery on Martinique in Macouba. What’s special about them…

Mai Tai made with Pellegrini Mabaruma 2000 13YO

Welcome back dear reader, last week I had the honour to introduce a Mai Tai for Barrel Aged Thoughts’ second MAI Tai (Mai is the German word for the month May). On his blog, Flo introduces another Mai Tai every day for the entire month. For the original article (in German), click here. This is simply an English…

Neisson Vieux Single Cask 2004

Here it is, the first Rhum Agricole on this site. What else than a single cask rhum could I possibly have chosen for this occasion!? Today we have the Neisson Vieux Single Cask 2004. The Bottling Established in the Carbet commune in 1931 by the Neisson brothers, the distillery is one of the few remaining distilleries…

Compagnie des Indes Indonesia 2004 10YO vs By the Dutch Batavia Arrack

Today we have something quite unusual. It is a battle between two Indonesian rums; or should I say Arracks? Anyway, the contenders are the Compagnie des Indes Indonesia 2004 10YO and the By the Dutch Batavia Arrack! The Bottlings Arak is a term that is commonly used to describe different spirits. Depending on the country, people…

A triple of 2000 Rockley/ Blackrock W.I.R.D.s

Dear reader, after all the positive feedback I have got over the last couple of months since starting this blog, I came to the conclusion that weekly reviews might not be enough. That’s why you will be getting something extra. From now on, every second Monday (or so) will feature either a small cross-tasting, notes from blind-tastings, a…

Whiskybroker W.I.R.D. 2000 16YO

May the 4th be with you! Another Rockley/ Blackrock style rum from Barbados’ West Indies Rum Distillery (W.I.R.D.). Distilled in June 2000, it comes from the same batch as the Duncan Taylor W.I.R.D. 2000 15YO but got to age for another year. It is the Whiskybroker W.I.R.D. 2000 16YO. The Bottling This bottling is part of…