Cologne Spirits 2018 Part II

Today we continue with my impressions from the second day of the Cologne Spirits. For the first day, click here. Saturday Friday’s session was tough and I contemplated whether to go for a quick run or not. The bad conscience of breaking Lent had to fight a (very mild) headache and the sudden snow. Surprise,…

Cologne Spirits 2018 Part I

Last weekend we got to check out the Cologne Spirits, the most recent addition to the increasingly popular Rum fairs. Located in Germany’s most beautiful city, the general framework for a meeting with my rum buddies from all over the country was set. Or so we thought. Out of about 15 people, three have been…

Damoiseau 1953 31YO

This time we taste a rum that has been bottled before I was born. Bottled, not distilled! Crazy stuff. It’s the Damoiseau 1953 31YO. The Bottling If you ask me, I think it is rather crazy that you are still able to buy this rum, even if it is at four digits (I’ve seen it…

Nicaraguan Rum, Labour Conditions, and Western Apathy

Rums from Nicaragua are as far away from being my favorites as it gets. There’s virtually nothing in their profiles that is to my liking. As a result, I have stopped getting samples and tasting them altogether at some point. My most recent exposure to Nicaraguan rum was when we’ve had the Kill Devil Nicaragua…

Rum: A Social and Sociable History

Today I am presenting the book ‘Rum: A Social and Sociable History’ by Ian Williams. Ian Williams was formerly the UN correspondent for “The Nation” and is the author of several books of which this is the only one on rum or the subject of  spirits in general. Let’s start with the basics. The book was published in…

Velier Albion 1983 25YO

Welcome back to Single Cask Rum. My abstinence continues but I thought I should come down handsomely and discuss another ‘legendary’ rum. I am talking about the Velier Albion “AN” 1983 25YO. The Bottling The Albion Estate was a sugar plantation along Guyana‘s Berbice river founded by William Innes. Dating back to 1802, they most…

Samaroli Hampden 1993 21YO

After having the rum that Silvano Samaroli considered the best spirit he has ever bottled and the most recent ester bomb from Hampden, we take the next logical step and taste a rum that is by many connoisseurs considered to be the best Hampden ever. It’s the Samaroli Hampden 1993 21YO, or Samaroli Hampden Full Proof…

Velier Hampden 2010 7YO

Welcome back dear reader! Let’s skip the usual empty phrases and taste the Velier Hampden “<H>” 2010 7YO. The Bottling At least for now this is the last rum of Velier’s Khong series I shall review. After all only two of them are missing: One I haven’t tasted yet and one I didn’t really like. Coming from…

Samaroli West Indies Dark Rum 1948

After the Baur au Lac Llandovery Estate Old Jamaica Rum it’s time for another very special bottling and piece of rum history. The great Silvano Samaroli labeled this ‘one of the best spirits he has ever tasted’ and coming from him, I am inclined to believe that this rum truly is something magnificent. But let’s see…

An Interview with Cadenhead’s Mark Watt

It’s Lent, meaning that I will take a break from rum and alcohol in general until Easter. I am not a religious person but I believe that taking a break like this is very important from time to time, especially if you’d call Rum (or Whisky or whatever) your hobby. To keep the blog running during the…

Velier Caroni “Eataly” 2000 17YO

Alaaf my friends, it’s Fastelovend! Special times call for special rums and that’s why we shall have a look at the Velier Caroni 2000 17YO today, a single cask rum that has been bottled exclusively for Eataly. The Bottling Eataly is one of the largest retailers of Italian consumption goods in the world, offering restaurants, foods, drinks,…

Some Savannas

Savanna might be one of if not the most aspiring rum distillery these days, together with St. Lucia‘s St. Lucia Distillers and Barbados’ Foursquare Distillery. At least since the Savanna HERR 2006 10YO it jumped onto people’s radars. But not only their most extreme expressions are worthy of a deeper exploration, they have some other pretty interesting…