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
Jul 142013
 
SMWS R3.4 Barbados 75.3% 10 Year Old Rum - Review

  This feels and tastes mean, largely because it is. Remember how the St Nick’s 12 purred love and red roses down your gullet? Not this baby. This one wants your tonsils for lunch. And yet, that doesn’t quite invalidate it as a decent product. I mean, just because it treats you like life on Keith Richards’s face isn’t an automatic disqualification…I just call it inspired insanity, and have (much to my own surprise) given it the highest rating I’ve ever awarded to a 75% overproof. (#174. 76/100) *** “Makes you strong like a lion”, the label remarks, in one [Click here for the full review...]


 Posted by on July 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm
Jul 092013
 
Murray McDavid Nicaragua 10 Year Old Rum - Review

  Butch mixed in with a bit of Ziggy Stardust. (#173. 63/100) *** Whisky fans will know all about Murray McDavid, which is part of Bruichladdich, those fine folks who make the many inconsistent (if always interesting) Renegade Rums. It’s actually possible that this rum was a precursor to the whole Renegade line, being made somewhat earlier (mid-2000s) and adhering as it does to many of the principles of those rums: casks sourced from the Caribbean,aged in Scotland and finished in a wine of some kind. Nicaragua is of course the home of a very decent range of rums, the [Click here for the full review...]


 Posted by on July 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm
Jul 052013
 
Rum Nation Demerara Solera  No.14 (2010 Release) - Review

A Demerara rum that may not be a true solera in spite of its name. Lovely, affordable, interesting rum. (#172. 71/100)  *** With this review, I have finally, after nearly two years of getting around to it, come to the end of the Rum Nation line of rums I bought all in one fell swoop, after being introduced to the series at Kensington Wine Market’s Raucous Rums tasting back in 2011. Since that time I have become an unabashed fanboy of Fabio Rossi’s products, and wish I could get more of his yearly releases: largely because I have not tasted [Click here for the full review...]


 Posted by on July 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm
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