Caroni Light Style

Caroni used to produce two vastly different styles. The one we know and love today is what we’ve got to know as the “Heavy” style, a high ester expression which they distilled with their very short single column still or by placing plates to make a cut at the appropriate point (and time if you…

Velier Caroni 2000 17YO EU versus US version

Last year, Velier released their first and so far only US exclusive Caroni, a 17 year old heavy rum from 2000. Since you cannot let the EU come out empty-handed, we get our own version as well. Today we shall compare the two bottlings and judge how they compare to the other Caronis from 2000…

The Spirit of Rum

Today I am presenting the brand new book release “The Spirit of Rum” by Giovanna Moldenhauer. It was published in May 2018, costs around 12€ and has 143 pages. After a short introduction, the book starts with a chapter on the “Etymology of the word rum and its origin”. Interestingly, it mentions that the word…

New Yarmouth 2005 in Cask Strength

Happy Father’s Day! Few rums have surprised us as much as the Compagnie des Indes New Yarmouth 2005 12YO last year. It is about time that we check out the available cask strength versions! After the 55% version of  Compagnie des Indes‘ New Yarmouth has been received very well and sold out relatively quickly the obvious questions…

Clairin – The Spirit of Haiti

Things just work a bit differently in Haiti. Screwed by history and a lack of institutions, it just seems as if time has stopped in Haiti at some point. Many things are just more basic and traditional. At least with rum production, that is often times seen as a plus. The country is home to…

Bellevue (Damoiseau) 1998

Over the last couple of years we have received more 1998 Bellevues than we can count. However, these don’t originate from Marie-Galante’s Bellevue Distillery but from the Damoiseau Distillery, which is located on Grande-Terre. There’s a funny connection between the two distilleries though: Bellevue’s distiller Hubert Damoiseau is the cousin of Hervé Damoiseau, who is…

Letter of Marque Hampden “DOK” 2009 8YO

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…