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 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.)



  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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