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…]


Nov 112019
 
La Belle Cabresse Rhum Blanc Agricole de la Guyane - Review

In case you’re wondering, in the parlance of the Francophone West Indies, the term “cabresse” (or “chabine”) refers to a light skinned mulatto, what Guyanese would call a dougla gyal – not altogether politically correct these days, but French Caribbean folks have always been somewhat more casual about such terms (witness the “Negrita” series of rums, for example) so perhaps for them it’s less of a big deal. The rum in question comes from French Guiana in this case, made there by the same distillery of St. Maurice which also provides the stock for the rhums of that little indie [Click here for the full review…]


Nov 072019
 
Mhoba "Strand 101°" South African Rum - Review

It’s when you smell and then taste the Strand 101° (58% ABV) rum from South Africa’s Mhoba, that you begin to get an appreciation for what this relative newcomer has accomplished in so short a time. The initial punch is all pot still, all righteous reek, all the time — there’s no holding back and it’s just fascinating to inhale. It smells sharply of paint thinner, nail polish, turpentine and rancid fruit left to go bad in the sun…after a tropical rain, with the steam still coming off the ground. It contains the tartness of a lemon meringue pie mixed [Click here for the full review…]


Nov 052019
 

Comment below with whatever your thoughts are on the new scheme.  I’ll leave it up for a few days to gauge user reactions and then make a decision whether to keep it or not.


Nov 042019
 
Mhoba Select Reserve French Cask South African Rum - Review

There was a lot of interest in and written about Mhoba between the UK 2018 and Paris 2019 rumfests, and when one checks out the rums they make, it’s not hard to see why.  It’s from a unique part of the world, has been deep-dived by Steve James in a thee-part-post that could hardly be bettered (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 are here), has a pot still action going on, and the rums themselves are solidly distinct. So we should beware of letting them fall off our mental rum radar in between expos – because they’re good, and, [Click here for the full review…]


Oct 302019
 
Murray McDavid Jamaican 1992 13 Year Old Rum - Review

Few except deep-diving, long-lasting rum geeks now remember Murray McDavid, the scotch whisky bottler that acquired Bruichladdich in 2000, and created a rum label of the same name at the same time. Most who spot the distinctive slender bottles with the steel-gray enclosures and red-patterned labels just see an older independent bottler and move along (some might stop for a taste, especially if they pay attention to the dates on the bottles). The MM line is long defunct, folded into the Renegade line in 2006 – Mark Reynier, the man behind it all, put into practice some of the ideas [Click here for the full review…]


Oct 272019
 
Pre-1970s Royal Navy Rum (~1955)

Rumaniacs Review #102 | 0670 The moniker of Navy Rum is one of the most recognized rum names on the planet, aided and abetted by Pusser’s supposed recreation of the rum after Black Tot Day.  The Black Tot Rum (the old one retailing for a thousand bucks, not the new recreation just released in 2019) certainly helped, and over the years, we have seen the odd old decanter or jug or bottle or what have you, go on sale (the UK government was the seller) – some were actual flagons of Navy stocks that had been left over after 1970s, [Click here for the full review…]


Oct 232019
 
Stolen Overproof Jamaican Rum - Review

For all the faux-evasions about “a historic 250 year old Jamaican distillery” and the hints on the website, let’s not dick around – the Stolen Overproof is a Hampden Estate rum. You can disregard all the marketing adjectives and descriptors like “undiscovered”, “handmade” etc etc and just focus on what it is: a New Jamaican pot still rum, released at a tonsil-chewing 61.5%, aged six years and remarkably underpriced for what it is. The Stolen Overproof has gotten favourable press from across the board almost without exception since its launch, even if there are few formal (i.e., review-website based) ones [Click here for the full review…]


Oct 222019
 
1985 Distilled Old Barbados Rum (Alleyne Arthur / Foursquare) - Review

This is a rum that has become a grail for many: it just does not seem to be easily available, the price keeps going up (it’s listed around €300 in some online shops and I’ve seen it auctioned for twice that amount), and of course (drum roll, please) it’s released by Richard Seale.  Put this all together and you can see why it is pursued with such slack-jawed drooling relentlessness by all those who worship at the shrine of Foursquare and know all the releases by their date of birth and first names. But what is it? Well, to go [Click here for the full review…]


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