Dec 082019
 
Ron Carlos Caribbean Style Rum "Black" - Review

If you want to know why American supermarket rums (sometimes called “value rums” which is two lies at once) get such short shrift from so many rum folks, one like this is enough to explain the general indifference. It’s milquetoast, vague, with not a single point of interest, and that’s including the equally lackluster promotion that surrounds it. Let’s start at the beginning.  What is it, who makes it, where’s it from? We must begin with the label, which unfortunately just makes me want to cringe.  No really.  For starters, it’s noted as a “Caribbean Style rum”. That’s about as [Click here for the full review…]


Dec 042019
 
21 Of The Strongest Rums In The World

Ten years ago, overproof rums (which I mentally designate as anything 70% ABV and above even though I’m well aware there are other definitions) were limited to the famed 151s – juice at 75.5%, often lightly aged, and designed as mixing agents of no particular distinction or sophistication. “Something tossed off in between more serious efforts,” I wrote once, not without a certain newbie disdain.  They were fun to write about, but hardly “serious.” But then over the years a strange thing happened – some producers, independents in particular, began releasing rums at serious cask strength and many were powerful [Click here for the full review…]


Dec 012019
 
Mainbrace Rum (Late 1980s)

Rumaniacs Review #106 | 0681 Mainbrace Rum is a Guyanese and Barbados blend released by Grants Wine and Spirits Merchants of London, one of many small emporia whose names are now forgotten, who indulged themselves by selling rums they had imported or bought from brokers, and blended themselves. It is unknown which still’s rums from Guyana were used, or which estate provided the rum from Barbados, though the balance of probability favours WIRR (my opinion). Ageing is completely unknown – either of the rum itself, or its constituents. The Mainbrace name still exists in 2019, and the concept of joining [Click here for the full review…]


Nov 282019
 
Mía White Rhum Agricole (Vietnam)  - Review

It must be something about the French – they’re opening micro distilleries all over the place (Chalong Bay, Sampan, Whisper, Issan and Toucan are examples) and almost all of them are channelling the agricole ethos of the French West Indies, working with pure cane juice and bringing some seriously interesting unaged blancs to the attention of the world. Any time I get bored with the regular parade of rums from the lands of the pantheon, all I have to do is reach for one of them to get jazzed up about rum, all over again. í The latest of these [Click here for the full review…]


Nov 252019
 
L'Esprit South Pacific Distillery White Rum - Review

So here we have a white rum distilled in 2017 in Fiji’s South Pacific Distillery (home of the Bounty brand) and boy, is it some kind of amazing. It comes as a pair with the 85% Diamond I looked at before, and like its sibling is also from a pot still, and also spent a year resting in a stainless steel vat before Tristan Prodhomme of the French indie L’Esprit bottled the twins in 2018 (this one gave 258 bottles). Still-strength, he calls them, in an effort to distinguish the massive oomph of the two blancs from those wussy cask-strength [Click here for the full review…]


Nov 212019
 
Clément Trés Vieux Rhum Agricole 1952

Rumaniacs Review #105 | 0678 1952 – an eventful year.  Queen Elizabeth II ascends to the throne; Black Saturday in Egypt, followed by the overthrow of King Farouk; the US election puts Ike in the White House; the first steps towards the EU were taken with the formation of the European Coal and Steel Community; television debuts in Canada; Charlie Chaplin barred fro  re-entry to the US; “Mousetrap” opens in London (and never closes) – and in Martinique, Clément distills this rum and starts ageing it. So here we are.  We’ve arrived at the oldest rum that is within the [Click here for the full review…]


Nov 192019
 
Clément Trés Vieux Rhum Agricole 1970

Rumaniacs Review #104 | 0677 Unsurprisingly, the 1976 Clément Trés Vieux we looked at a few days ago sells for around €500 or more these days, which to me is a complete steal, because any Velier from that far back is going for multiple thousands, easy.  This, the second-oldest component of the XO sells for quite a bit more – north of €700 (though you can find it for much less in any store that is out of stock, and that’s most of them). And I think that one is also remarkably undervalued, especially since it’s a really good rhum.  [Click here for the full review…]


Nov 172019
 
Clément Trés Vieux Rhum Agricole 1976 20 YO

Rumaniacs Review #103 | 0676 The Clément XO was one of the first top end agricoles I ever tried, one of the first I ever wrote about, and one that over the years I kept coming back to try. It evoked memories and recollections of my youth in Guyana which alone might justify its purchase price (to me, at any rate). There’s something undefinable about it, a trace of its heritage perhaps, the blend of the three rums that made it up, millesimes from what were deemed exceptional years – 1976, 1970 and 1952.  The Clément 1976 is the first [Click here for the full review…]


Nov 142019
 
Cihuatán "Nikté" Ron de El Salvador Limited Edition - Review

Three years ago I tried and later wrote a review of the 8-year-solera Cihuatán rum from El Salvador (bottled at 40%), and noted rather disappointedly that “this was a remarkably quiet rum.”  Essentially, I regarded it with some indifference. At the time, Paul Senft of Rum Journey and I were trading notes and he told me they had a 12 year solera variation slated to be released, and Cihuatán themselves told me they were working on some more limited editions of their own. Well, I moved on, liking but not completely won over by the brand at that point, and [Click here for the full review…]


Nov 112019
 

After a week of soliciting the opinions of the readers of this site, I have, not without some reluctance, returned to the long-standing black-background theme that The Lone Caner has used from its earliest beginnings in 2010. The poll I set up on Facebook suggested an even split between those who liked the white background to those who preferred the black, with comments were about 75-25 in favour of the black. Those who preferred the new look applauded its enhanced readability, while the others felt that there was no difference in that aspect, but something of the intrinsic originality and [Click here for the full review…]


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