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
Jul 012013
Ron Centenario 5 Year Old "Selecto" - Review

Passive,easy, light, indifferent, with a finish as short as this review (#171. 56/100) ***  Put aside my issues with underproof rums in general, and the five year old rum made by Centenario Internacional SA out of Costa Rica comes off as a reasonable rum, quite soft, and in line with many of their other jelly-kneed products: which is to say, pleasant and perfectly drinkable, but ultimately uninspiring (to me). As before, I simply note that I’m unclear who the rum is made for, since it’s too weak to appeal to an aficionado or to make a mix where strength is [Click here for the full review...]

 Posted by on July 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm
Jun 252013
Brugal 1888 Ron Gran Reserva Familiar - Review

A subtle, complex, tasty sipping rum (#170. 70/100) *** You don’t see many of the Brugal rums here — I’ve only ever reviewed one of them, years ago when I was starting to populate the site: that one got a review, a shrug and a meh (which in retrospect may have been a touch condescending, as was my initial scoring), and I remember it principally because of its really lovely finish. The 1888 Ron Gran Reserva Familiar is something else again, and perhaps it’s sad that we don’t get to see more shops carrying it, ‘cause it’s a pretty nifty [Click here for the full review...]

 Posted by on June 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm