The rums, in order
- R-001 Trois Rivières 1977 Rhum Vieux Agricole Millèsime
- R-002 Velier Skeldon 1973 32 Year Old Rum (Guyana, 1973)
- R-003 Barbancourt 1977 >25 Year Old (Haiti, 1970s, Veronelli)
- R-004 DDL King of Diamonds (Guyana, 1980s)
- R-005 Barbancourt Reserve du Domaine 15 Year Old (Haiti, 1970s)
- R-006 La Martiniquaise Rhum Pur (Martinique, 1940s/1950s)
- R-007 Nicholson Finest Trinidad Rum (Trinidad, 1970s)
- R-008 La Favorite Rhum Vieux 1990 AOC (Martinique, 1990s)
- R-009 Rhum J. Bally des Plantations Lajus du Carbet 6 Ans (1980s?)
- R-010 Rhum des Plantations St. James 1885
- R-011 Velier UF30E 1985 27 Year Old (Guyana, 2012)
- R-012 Velier PM 1974 (Guyana, 2008)
- R-013 Velier Albion 1986 (Guyana, 2011)
- R-014 Sant’ Andrea 1939
- R-015 Velier Blairmont 1982 29 Year Old (Guyana, 2011)
- R-016 Velier Caroni 1985 Heavy 21 YO Rum
- R-017 Velier Caroni 1982 Heavy 24 Year Old Rum
- R-018 Rhum St. Gilles (Martinique, 1960s/1970s)
- R-019 Old Demerara Rum (UK/BG 1950s)
- R-020 Appleton Estate “Extra” 12 Year Old (1980s)
- R-021 Rhum Barbancourt Réserve Spéciale (1970s)
- R-022 Ron Bacardi Superior “Carta de Oro” Añejo (1970s)
- R-023 Saint James Rhum Vieux Agricole millésime 1986
- R-024 Rhum Saint James (Martinique, 1970s/1980s)
- R-025 Black Joe Jamaican Rum (1980s)
- R-026 Berry Bros. & Rudd 1975 Reserve Demerara Rum
- R-027 Ron Bacardi Añejo 6 Year Old (Puerto Rico, 1980s)
- R-028 El Dorado 25 Year Old (1980 edition)
- R-029 El Dorado 25 Year Old (1986 edition)
- R-030 Alfred Lamb Special Reserve Rum 1949 (URM)
- R-031 Ron Caney Carta Oro Superior 1960s/1970s
- R-032 Ron Caney Añejo Superior 1960s/1970s
- R-033 Bacardi Facundo Paraiso (2013)
Want to see what others have written? All Rumaniacs reviews by the others in the group are available on the main Rumaniacs website. Enjoy
In late 2014, a number of reviewers from Europe (and one nomadic West Indian), formed an informal collective which we will hereafter refer to as the Rumaniacs (not to be confused with the similar malty gaels up north) with a single goal in mind.
The purpose of the group was an attempt to preserve in writing, the memory of rums long out of production – Skeldon 1973, Saint Andrea 1939, J. Bally from the 1960s, DDL King of Diamonds are just a few….rums rare and wonderful (perhaps some not so much in the case of that last), now vanished from the collective consciousness, except in the private stocks of long-time collectors or lucky inheritors, or the memories of old navy men from years gone by who remember with a sigh a particularly grand Caribbean tipple they had in their wild seafaring youth in a shack out on a beach somewhere tropical.
To that end, the sponsor of the group agreed to send us samples from his private stocks on an ongoing basis, which we would review in our spare time as and when we could, and place on a website for public consumption. Like all good ideas, this one grew legs almost immediately, and many of us agreed to exchange samples of our own long-hoarded, jealously guarded bottles. What you will see here in the months and years to come, is the work we all have done to achieve the objective of going back in time and recording our impressions of the old stuff (and hopefully, good stuff).
There will be some overlaps with rums that have been reviewed already, at some point. However, all rums that were provided as samples, will be tasted anew as if for the first time, with no reference to any previously written essays or reviews.
This page links to all the rum reviews which are based on those samples, complete with scoring. After much correspondence, we all agreed to make our point-ratings the same, a scoring range banded as shown below (I have now aligned my own scoring to this).
- 90 + : exceptional
- 85-89: excellent, special rums
- 80-84: quite good
- 75-79: better than average
- 70-74: below average
- < 70 : Avoid.
These reviews are very different from the others that I write – here, I will be shorter, more precise, less verbose (fine, you can stop cheering now). All will be based on free samples* from the sponsor or from sample exchanges, except where indicated. Some historical notes will make their appearance if appropriate. Reviews will appear here, as well as the formal collective’s website.
(*Since these rums are not produced or sold or marketed by any member of the Collective, are no longer being made, are rarely for sale and next to impossible to find, the conflict of interest question regarding free samples does not arise. The purpose here is not to make a case for or against the rums, but to describe them and relate something of their heritage.)