Nov 202014
Oceans Rum Atlantic Limited Edition 1997

  A rum potentially seventeen years old, undone by trying to be all things to all drinkers. (#188 / 63/100) *** Ocean’s Rum Atlantic Limited Edition 1997 is made (or at least aged) in the Canary Islands, not the first place you’d think about when considering a rum of any kind.  Probably thinking that less was not more, and more might be good enough, the makers came up with this rather startling combo of components hailing from seven (yes, seven) different rum-making locations, and trotted out the 43% result as the “Atlantic” Limited Edition (the meaning of the 1997 is [Click here for the full review…]

 Posted by on November 20, 2014 at 7:34 am
Nov 122014
Rum Nation

Anybody who has read my work will know something of my admiration for Rum Nation, a company that came to my attention back in 2011 and which I’ve followed ever since. As Yesu Persaud springs to mind when thinking of DDL, or Luca Gargano is indelibly associated with Velier, Fabio Rossi, the CEO of Rossi & Rossi, is the man whose name is synonymous with Rum Nation. The Venetian family of Rossi has been in the business of spirits and general trading for a long time, even though Rum Nation has only been in existence since 1999. Its sister company [Click here for the full review…]

 Posted by on November 12, 2014 at 1:52 am
Nov 062014
Bacardi Reserva Limitada (Founder's Blend) Rum - Review

Don’t bash the bat until you’ve given this rum a fair shot.  Because it’s damned good. (#187 / 74/100) *** Many – myself among them – believe that one of Bacardi’s more unappreciated rums is the 8-year-old, and I’d argue the Reserva Limitada joins the club…and even dials it up a few notches. The company may sell more rum than anyone else, has enormous (and heavily criticized) tax breaks and subsidies to keep its costs down, is a global juggernaut of the entry-level rums, but at the upper end of the scale has a real bad rep with rum lovers [Click here for the full review…]

 Posted by on November 6, 2014 at 1:16 am
Oct 292014
Bristol Spirits Caroni 1974 34 Year Old Rum - Review

This is the first review in a set of about six which deals with Caroni rums.  I’m unabashedly starting with the oldest, which is a top-notch rum with few disappointments and flashes of greatness underpinning a rock solid performance.  (#186 / 78/100) *** Even before heading to Europe in October 2014, I resolved to sample what I could from the now-defunct Caroni distillery in Trinidad which regrettably closed in 2002.  Part of this is simply curiosity, mixed with a collector’s avarice…but also the high opinion I formed years ago when I tried the A.D. Rattray 1997 edition, and was an [Click here for the full review…]

 Posted by on October 29, 2014 at 9:24 pm
Oct 242014
Spirits of Old Man Special Cask Rum No.3 - Guyana 16 Year Old Rum - Review

    You’ll want to coat your tongue with fire suppressant material before drinking, because once you start, the Uitvlugt 16 year old grows fangs, the liquid attacks your face like a junked-out xenomorph, and life gets a whole lot more precious. (#185. 64/100) *** Curiosity.  That’s what got me here: simple curiosity.  I’ve never tried anything by Old Man Spirits, but man, I thought, how can you even begin to argue with that cool distillery, and the strapping libido of 62.9%, which is powerful enough to make Cadenhead and A.D.Rattray take a respectful step backwards and cross their knees. [Click here for the full review…]

 Posted by on October 24, 2014 at 9:33 pm
Oct 202014

It’s no surprise that I start the “Makers” section of this website with Velier.  Perhaps no other company since Rum Nation has so captured my attention the way this one has, and with both it’s about their focus. The scotch makers like G&M, Cadenhead, A.D. Rattray and Bruichladdich also produce year-specific, limited editions of rums, but their product lines are somewhat diluted by not concentrating solely on rums but on the whiskies which are their primary products (at least in my opinion).  Velier in contrast has made its name primarily by doing something quite different  – they issue all of [Click here for the full review…]

 Posted by on October 20, 2014 at 2:33 am
Oct 162014
Velier Uitvlugt 1997 17 Year Old Full Proof Rum - Review

An exceedingly well-made, clean, relatively light rum with remarkable depth of flavour and beautiful mouthfeel. (#184; 78/100) *** Velier, as its barrels mature in Guyana, issues annual releases when they feel they are ready, much as Rum Nation and other craft rum makers do.  This presents a particular and peculiar problem to rummies, because there is no consistency to any of them: in other words, while a DDL El Dorado 21 Year Old will be more or less the same no matter when you buy it, a Velier PM 2013 release will not be the same as a Velier PM [Click here for the full review…]

 Posted by on October 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm
Oct 122014
Damoiseau Rhum Vieux Millésimé 1980 18 Year Old - Review

  *** A deeply rich and remarkable rum – 1980 was a damned good year for this company (#183. 83/100) *** When one buys a raft of intriguing aged rums and then samples several dozen more (especially after a protracted absence), the issue is which rum to start reviewing first. Since my intention on this go-around was to run through several Caroni rums from Trinidad, as well as to give more weight to agricoles from the French West Indies, I decided that one of the best of the latter deserved some consideration.  And that’s this sterling Damoiseau. The Bellevue au Moule estate [Click here for the full review…]

 Posted by on October 12, 2014 at 8:05 am
Oct 122014
The Lone Caner's Back

  *** All “Wizard of Id” references in the photo aside, I must admit it’s good to return to reviewing. The steady, continuing hits on the site, the continual online and offline questions I get and then the explosion of interest after the reddit post went up, all lit a fire under my nether regions.  Plus, after a year in the Middle East, you would not believe how much I missed writing. So I cut a deal with my wife that once a year I’d attend a European Rum Festival (Berlin, London or Madrid), and made a private deal with [Click here for the full review…]

 Posted by on October 12, 2014 at 7:47 am
Jul 152014
Rum Nation Jamaica 1986 Supreme Lord VI 26 Year Old - Review

  Rich sipping rum of remarkable complexity and flavour, one of the best I’ve ever had out of Jamaica. (#182. 80/100) Rum Nation’s Supreme Lord VI (the Jamaican 26 year old 2012 edition by any other name) is as good as its 2010 brother, if not actually surpassing it. It shows what can be done with an aged rum if time and care and patience – and some artistry – is brought to bear.  I loved the Supreme Lord V, which I reviewed a while back – and I must say, the VI does dial it up a few notches. [Click here for the full review…]

 Posted by on July 15, 2014 at 8:29 am