May 102014
Velier Skeldon 1973 Full Proof 32 Year Old Rum – Review

  It’s official.  Velier has raised the bar for super premium rums, with an extraordinary 32-year old blast from the past that will excavate a punt-wide trench in your wallet if you ever find one. (#181. 87/100) The 544-bottle run of the Skeldon 1973 Old Demerara Rum has, since being released in 2005, become something of an object of cult worship.  In 2012 a single bottle went for sale on eBay for close to  €500. I searched for three years before I found a gent in France willing to part with his (and at a cost I’m glad my wife [Click here for the full review...]

 Posted by on May 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm
Apr 172014
Velier Port Mourant 1974 Full Proof 33 Year Old Rum - Review

  A worthy addition to the Port Mourant canon. A magnificent, excellently rich and fruity full-proof rum.  (#180. 81/100) *** Allowances should be made for my personal palate: I do believe that rum deriving from the Port Mourant still in Guyana may be among the very best available, largely because the distillate runs through the only wooden still in the world. This provides the rum with a depth of flavour and richness that I have consistently scored high in all its iterations: Berry Brothers & Rudd 1975, the El Dorado 21 and 25 (PM forms part of the blend), Bristol [Click here for the full review...]

 Posted by on April 17, 2014 at 4:30 am
Mar 312014
10 Reasons to Prefer Rums...

Poor rums. They always get a bad rap. That piratical background, the snootiness of the whisky world (and my friends, who cast me the pitying glances reserved for congenital defectives, every time I trot out a new and favoured libation). The classiness perceived of all things British. The purported complexity of the Scottish brew, the Russian tipple, or the Mexican hooch. We who sing of the pleasures of the cane just don’t get no respect. Sometimes I feel like a go-player in a chess world. But you know, for a long time whiskies, tequilas, vodkas et al, took back seat [Click here for the full review...]

 Posted by on March 31, 2014 at 9:23 pm
Mar 192014
Three Italian Fantasias

  These three rums are aged curiosities. There’s one from the 60s, and two from the 70s. Information on their origins is maddeningly obscure. The labels are crap, and the corks aged and faded and cracked by decades of rough handling. There’s never been a review of any that I was able to find, and their makers are likely long gone. Yet these three bottles exist, and if for no reason than their history, I review them here, make what remarks I can, score them as best I’m able. Italy in these days is no stranger to rums, of course. [Click here for the full review...]

 Posted by on March 19, 2014 at 7:46 am
Feb 252014
Velier Blairmont 1991 Full Proof 15 Year Old Rum - Review

  A paradox of rum, marrying a lighter than expected profile with a stunningly intense full proof taste, compliments of the House of Luca (#179. 81/100)  *** When I first poured a shot of the Velier Blairmont 1991 15 year old rum into my glass (after having waited over a year and a half for the privilege), I immediately remarked its colour: a straw coloured light amber rum. After sampling five other Veliers in the past year, all of which were dark, brawny, bearded beefcakes, this came as something of a surprise. According to the literature on the bottle, seven [Click here for the full review...]

 Posted by on February 25, 2014 at 9:39 am
Sep 062013
Ron Barceló Imperial - Review

  A subtle, supple rum, undone by a lack of courage (#178. 68/100) *** Consider for a moment my score on the Barceló Imperial. A 68 rating for me is a pretty good rum. For a premium product, it’s something of a surprise – so here I should state straight out that that score reflects primarily its lesser proof, not its intrinsic quality. Frankly, it should have been higher. When I originally read the Barceló Imperial review from Josh Miller at Inu A Kena, I immediately fired off post on his site to ask him whether he got the 38% version [Click here for the full review...]

 Posted by on September 6, 2013 at 9:24 am
Aug 122013

Those who know me personally (both of you, ha ha) are aware that I’m upping anchor to another part of the world. After living and/or working on five continents, I’m relocating to the Middle East as of August 2013. This implies not only a total readjustment of my family life, but a consideration of the impact it will have on the updates I can make to this site. In fine, I will have to cease writing rum reviews on a consistent basis for the foreseeable future, as sourcing alcohol of any kind will be next to impossible (and I don’t [Click here for the full review...]

 Posted by on August 12, 2013 at 10:43 am
Aug 092013
DDL Superior High Wine - Review

  The DDL Superior High Wine is not superior and not a wine, but will get you high without breaking a sweat. (#177. 58/100) *** One of the first rums I ever had as a young man was this one, and the last time I drank was it nearly thirty years ago, when I was thinking of dropping out of University, depressed about my future, and downing a whole raft of shooters in a small beer garden one still, hot afternoon, with a bowl ’ice and my one-armed friend from UG. A few weeks later my life changed and put [Click here for the full review...]

 Posted by on August 9, 2013 at 5:03 am
Aug 052013
Wood's 100 Old Navy Rum - Review

  Rich, simply flavoured, overproofed Navy-style rum that has a skinnier corpus than expected (#176. 60/100) *** There’s nothing much I can tell you about Wood’s Rum Distillery itself because there’s not much online about it (and my books barely speak to the big names so what hope is there for the small ones?), but the brand did exist for over a century before being acquired by William Grant in 2002 – these are the boys who also own Sailor Jerry and the OVD rum brands and supposedly dabble in minor whiskies like Glenfiddich and Balvenie (or so rumour has [Click here for the full review...]

 Posted by on August 5, 2013 at 4:11 am
Jul 292013
Berry Bros. & Rudd Barbados 13 Year Old Rum - Review

Good all round Bajan rum from Berry Brothers & Rudd, that’s worth its price and is a good note on which to close your day. (#175. 70/100) *** What a relief it was to try this well-aged rum, and to find that its Fijian 8 year old cousin which I had tried some weeks back was indeed something of an iconoclastic aberration. There’s not much I could say about a line of rums of which I have only ever sampled three, and it would have been wrong to extrapolate based on such a small sample size. So it’s a happy [Click here for the full review...]

 Posted by on July 29, 2013 at 3:37 am
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