The rums, in order

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 sometimes 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.

Although initially one of the founding members volunteered to send us samples from his private stocks on an ongoing basis, many of us also agreed to exchange samples of our own long-hoarded, jealously guarded bottles.  Many of the first 75 or so reviews came from such sources.  However, as time went on, the effort and time seemed to be too much for most, and by 2018 I simply began acquiring rums that fit the criteria on my own account, through online sales, exchanges, friends and private arrangements. Certainly the “official” group is no longer doing it — but the idea and the practice is, I believe, of worth, and so it will continue here.

There will be some overlaps with rums that have been reviewed already, at some point. All rums written about 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.

  • 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). Some historical notes and opinions will make their appearance if appropriate.

(*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 often next to impossible to find, the conflict of interest question regarding free samples does not arise.  In any case, the purpose is not to make a case for or against the rums, but to describe them and relate something of their heritage.)



  4 Responses to “Rumaniacs”

  1. If you are writing as a resource, to “describe them and their heritage” why bother with an opinion or scoring at all?

  2. Exciting stuff, Lance. Looking very much forward to experiencing this new, less verbose side of you. Although I for one do prefer the old, elaborate style 🙂


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