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February 27, 2022


A tanker of rum for Ukraine

St James
Fairly. There’s extra pouring in, which I discover each charming and difficult, since there’s just one Sunday per week. Bah we will not attempt all the pieces anyway, so stress stays relative (so long as our dearest buddies do not hold asking ‘when are you going to style our beautiful Ron de la Revolucion that we mailed you seven years in the past?’…) Bah, let’s have a look at what we’ll have as we speak… This for our Ukrainian buddies, after all.

Conde de Cuba 15 yo 'Extra Anejo' (38%, OB, Cuba, +/-2018)

Conde de Cuba 15 yo ‘Additional Anejo’ (38%, OB, Cuba, +/-2018) Two stars and a half

A really weird semi-circular bottle that I had by no means seen whereas on location. The 38% do not bode too effectively both, however let’s have a look at… Color: deep gold. Nostril: fairly curiously, it will begin like some younger rancio wine, with some sort of ‘grapeyness’ and positively whiffs of previous wine cellar, previous barrels, previous wooden, molasses, sherry vinegar… Then fairly peach jam, bitter fig and onion chutney, then simply café latte and chocolate. Fairly nostril, I’ve to say. Mouth: definitely not disagreeable, with apparent notes of coffee-schnapps and liquorice within the arrival, but it surely’s quickly to lose steam and fall flat, so to talk. End: very quick. Traces of oranges, espresso and chocolate. Feedback: one to sip on the Buena Vista membership whereas smoking an area puro. Not dangerous in any respect, quite the opposite, but it surely’s actually very mild and irritating.

SGP:230 – 78 factors

Chairman's Reserve 21 yo 1999/2021 (66.5%, OB, St. Lucia, Mads Heitmann for Romhatten Cask Selection #5, ex-bourbon, cask #108011999, 229 bottles)

Chairman’s Reserve 21 yo 1999/2021 (66.5%, OB, St. Lucia, Mads Heitmann for Romhatten Cask Choice #5, ex-bourbon, cask #108011999, 229 bottles) Five stars

This child was distilled within the John Dore 1 double retort pot nonetheless. It is very fascinating to study that they have been ullaging it (a.ok.a. consolidating) each two years utilizing sister barrels. Color: reddish amber. Nostril: as anticipated, begins with numerous varnish and acetone, recent pine sawdust and linoleum, earlier than it will get sort of agricole, very advanced, cane-y, with baggage of walnuts and rotting bananas, in addition to somewhat diesel oil and pine sap… Curiously approachable. With water: magnificent, that is nearly some nutty previous oloroso. Sure, I’ve seen it was ex-bourbon. Mouth (neat): improbable petroly and piney oak, some varnish once more, truffle essence, uncooked cocoa, then ten tons of salmiak (or salted liquorice). The 66.5% are extremely simple to deal with. With water: in the direction of higher-esters, olives, capers and much more salmiak. End: lengthy, tight, salty and coffeeish. I do know espresso and salt do not get alongside effectively, to place it mildly, however on this case they do. Feedback: terrific rum from St. Lucia Distillers. Excellent dealing with of some heavy, but very elegant oak.

SGP:363 – 90 factors

French Antilles 2019/2021 'Virgin Oak' (50%, 1423 World Class Spirits for 5th anniversary,  Martinique)

French Antilles 2019/2021 ‘Virgin Oak’ (50%, 1423 World Class Spirits for fifth anniversary,  Martinique) Four stars and a half

This one from Le Galion, the final remaining sugar manufacturing facility in Martinique. They make a ‘grand arôme’ from molasses, so not an agricole, however I am unsure this very one is certainly one of them. Color: mild gold. Nostril: so singular! New rubber boots, cane juice, linoleum once more, a brand new field of cigars, some spent engine oil, crushed sugarcane, some cellulosic varnish… With water: extra olives, kelp, recent concrete, rubber… Mouth (neat): nice enjoyable. Pink grapefruits, chilly sorrel soup, olives, rhubarb, drops of seawater, bits of cured ham, plus some fairly estery pineapples and bananas about to begin rotting. That is very lengthy fermentation, I consider as much as 10 days, which creates this quasi-bacterial sort of profile. With water: calms down somewhat bit. Liquorice allsorts, particularly those which might be stuffed with lemon foam (ha). End: lengthy however not invading. Ought to be nice for making babas. Feedback: I do not know if this qualifies as ‘grand arôme’, but it surely’s completely lovable. Our buddies the Belgians, once more.

SGP:462 – 89 factors

I’ve bought an concept, let’s attempt some rum that was bottled at greater than twice the power of that little Cuban we began this wee session with…

Saint James 'Brut de Colonne' (74.2%, OB, Martinique, Batch #1, 2020)

Saint James ‘Brut de Colonne’ (74.2%, OB, Martinique, Batch #1, 2020) Four stars

This is likely to be somewhat sturdy, however we’re protected as it’s natural. Are we not? Brut de colonne means straight from the column. Colonne créole, naturally, as that is formally agricole. Color: white. Nostril: beautiful recent cane, cane syrup, crushed recent almonds, plantains and white asparagus. Wham. With water: grass and, bizarrely, fairly some agave syrup. In any other case recent marzipan, inexperienced tea and oyster shells. Mouth (neat – cautious now): lemons, touches of smoked fish, olive oil, icing sugar, cane juice ‘after all’, liquorice allsorts this time once more, and… we’ll cease right here, we’d like our tastebuds thoughts you. With water: feels a bit like some readymade ti’ punch. Pretty citrons and crystallised tangerines. End: lengthy, fantastic, recent, even a tad medicinal. Camphor and paraffin, sweetened lemon juice within the aftertaste. Feedback: I discover this fashion superior to Saint James’ ‘Fleur de Cane’. Glorious white.

SGP:562 – 85 factors

Whereas we’re at Saint James…

Saint-James 15 yo 2006/2021 (47%, OB and Velier, Martinique, Tribute to Jean-Claude Benoit)

Saint-James 15 yo 2006/2021 (47%, OB and Velier, Martinique, Tribute to Jean-Claude Benoit) Five stars

Velier and Luca Gargano have been working with Saint James for greater than 46 years. Collectively they’re releasing a sequence of ten totally different vintages to rejoice. Color: amber. Nostril: high of the agricole fashion. Roasted nuts, raisins and cane, plus headier flowers (lillies, wisteria) and a few grassy earthiness. Tiny whiffs of fruit compost plus some very effectively mastered oakiness, a wee bit on the piney facet, which we at all times get pleasure from. Very elegant on the nostril. Mouth: superb. Cedar shavings at first (sucking our pencils at college), then flower jellies and jams (borage, jasmine), somewhat hay-and-mint combine, liquorice wooden, contact of aniseed and verbena, woodruff as effectively… That is each agency and delicate, advanced, extraordinarily interesting and simply lovable. And drinks extraordinarily effectively (generally a handicap certainly). End: lengthy, with this cedarwood that is nonetheless on. The signature could be very earthy/caney, which is beautiful, clearly. Feedback: beautiful choice. We have a number of vintages however we’ll in all probability solely have this one as we speak.

SGP:462 – 91 factors

Properly, no, we’ll have one other one when you do not thoughts. Eenie meenie…

Saint James 19 yo 2002/2021 (47%, OB and Velier, Martinique, Tribute to Jean-Claude Benoit)

Saint-James 19 yo 2002/2021 (47%, OB and Velier, Martinique, Tribute to Jean-Claude Benoit) Three stars

Forgot to say, additionally they did this sequence to rejoice the 25 years of the Appellation Contrôlée Martinique. Color: amber. Nostril: deeper and oakier, extra on backyard peat, potting soil, compost and fir bark, extra on resins as effectively, sandalwood cedarwood, pinewood, you title it. I am discovering many extra jams as effectively, peony jelly (goes tremendously with foie gras), poppy jelly, even geranium flowers, menthol… Mouth: bitter oak within the entrance. Oversteeped black tea, rooibos, damp cigar, liquorice wooden… We have gone past my private limits right here. End: lengthy, extra on bitter oak. A small soapiness within the aftertaste and extra tannicity, and but I have not added any waters. Feedback: I’m an enormous fan of the beautiful, flabbergasting, dazzling 2006, and fairly cherished the nostril of this 2002 (therefore a highish rating), however I am discovering this palate somewhat onerous. I am positive it is me, having mentioned that.

SGP:272 – 81 factors

I do know what I’ll do…

Saint James 6 yo 2015/2021 (47%, OB and Velier, Martinique, Tribute to Jean-Claude Benoit)

Saint-James 6 yo 2015/2021 (47%, OB and Velier, Martinique, Tribute to Jean-Claude Benoit) Four stars

Color: deep gold. Nostril: who may very well be towards menthol, delicate liquorice and ripe banana? Or banana cake with drops of chartreuse inside, honeysuckle, cane juice, roasted almonds and candy/delicate olives (Nyons)? That is what I am discovering. Mouth: it’s fairly humorous that I might discover notes that may be much like these of the 2002, solely brisker, rounder and tighter. Slightly waxy. End: lengthy, extra on espresso, chocolate and chicory, with somewhat menthol once more within the aftertaste, in addition to a waxy facet. And marmalade within the after-aftertaste, and within the retro-olfaction. Feedback: excellent, there.

SGP:551 – 85 factors

Time to maneuver to Jamaica…

Jamaican Rum 13 yo (46%, Cadenhead's Green Label, 2021)

Jamaican Rum 13 yo (46%, Cadenhead’s Inexperienced Label, 2021) Four stars

We’ll name this ‘the lettuce label’. The distillery’s not disclosed. Color: mild gold. Nostril: new tyres and crushed almonds plus engine oil, lamp oil, plasticine and shoe polish. Forgot to say sardines, or Portuguese ‘Paté de Sardinha e Cavala’. I may wolf down 5 kilos of these so long as I’ve good bread on the facet. Oh and good Jamaican rum, resembling this little or no child. Mouth: simple, feeling like a Jamaican mix of top of the range. Is it a single? Vanilla, olives, pine honey, liquorice, salt, desert cream, a drop of seawater, a drop of pilsner beer, some bananas flambéed, some smoked kippers. That is fairly advanced. End: medium, briny. Olives, sardines and vanilla. Feedback: Jamaica’s class speaks, even at 46%.

SGP:453 – 87 factors

Is that this an excellent session or is that this an excellent session? Let’s transfer on…

Long Pond 20 yo (60.1%, Sample X and The Duchess, Jamaica, 127 bottles, 2021)

Lengthy Pond 20 yo (60.1%, Pattern X and The Duchess, Jamaica, 127 bottles, 2021) Five stars

Really some extra witchcraft by The Rum Mercenary right here… Color: white wine. Nostril: I am not too positive, is that this Exxon, British Petroleum or Whole? You bought it, it is vitally benzine-y, in addition to very salty, briny, coastal, and old-ship-like. Tar, spent oils, olives… With water: saffron, brake mud, carbon, tarred olives, anchovies, even urchins… Mouth (neat): whoosh, extra tar, oils, rotting bananas and olives (each inexperienced and black), all that at a murderous power. No, we’ll by no means get used to 60+! With water: again to gentler bananas and varied tropical fruits about to rot. Proper, okay, you are proper, to ferment. End: lengthy, completely salty. Olives stuffed with anchovy paste. I might kill for that. Feedback: large and pretty much as good because it will get. Oh effectively, for instance it, I find it irresistible.

SGP:363 – 90 factors

JMD 24 yo 1997/2021 (59.4%, The Whisky Blues, Jamaica, barrel, 206 bottles)

JMD 24 yo 1997/2021 (59.4%, The Whisky Blues, Jamaica, barrel, 206 bottles) Five stars

Slightly fowl instructed me this may very well be H*****n. No, after all not Hazelburn! Color: gold. Nostril: H. is a bit more acetic, which exhibits right here, somewhat extra on acetone as effectively, and but it will be higher balanced, albeit wider. In different phrases, fairly vinegars and varnishes gently operating the present right here, which I simply love, no have to say, regardless of this wee feeling of ‘new Tesla’. And kelp, and ‘Caol Ila’. With water: carbon, burnt sugars, bitter caramel, previous books (love this), magazines, razorfish and clams… Even chive and garlic! Mouth (neat): ho. Tight, gritty, grassy, ashy, very olive-y. I might have mentioned New Yarmouth or maybe Clarendon, actually, fairly than ‘H’. Biting into orange and banana peel. With water: no, it is fab. A sense of smoked lemons and olives. End: lengthy, identical, going in the direction of ashes. Feedback: stressed and boisterous, this one’s a fighter that simply would not hold quiet. Keep in mind Jamaica is the Islay of rum, minus the bagpipes.

SGP:463 – 90 factors

Long Pond 1998/2021 'CRV' (49.4%, Plantation, Jamaica, Bardstown Fusion series, for Belgium, co-selected by

Lengthy Pond 1998/2021 ‘CRV’ (49.4%, Plantation, Jamaica, Bardstown Fusion sequence, for Belgium, co-selected by Three stars and a half

That is nearly an OB as Plantation homeowners Maison Ferrand do now personal 1/3 of Nationwide Rums of Jamaica, which personal Lengthy Pond Distillery. Capeesh? Oh and this has been completed in ex-bourbon, not in ex-cognac. Color: golden amber. Nostril: a lot lighter than the earlier ones, extra of roasted nuts and heat truffles, which does not imply that there are not any watts in there. Heat brioche, walnut cake, pancakes, roasted peanuts and pecans… It is true that the marque CRV, identical to CQP, would counsel that the ester counts are very low. Mouth: it’s, certainly, a lighter rum, fairly on chicory espresso, walnut wine, maybe pumpernickel bread, at instances we might nearly consider that is good grain whisky. Fairly. Oh, or Cuban rum. End: medium, with somewhat caramel, maple syrup, denser heather honey and simply cane syrup. The bourbon wooden may deal with itself effectively sufficient. Café latte within the aftertaste. Feedback: excellent, it’s the very nice lighter facet of Jamaica. Or, when you like, Jamaica’s Bunnahabhain. Do not shoot!

SGP:540 – 84 factors

Enmore 29 yo 1992/2021 (58.1%, Distilia, Guyana, The Golden Age of Piracy, cask #6, 250 bottles)

Enmore 29 yo 1992/2021 (58.1%, Distilia, Guyana, The Golden Age of Piracy, Anney, cask #6, 250 bottles) Four stars and a half

A tribute to Irish girl pirate Anne Bonny, who had operated within the Caribbean means earlier than Elon Musk (my very own feedback). Color: wealthy amber. Nostril: valuable teas and mentholy herbs at first, then sauna oils and bits of rubber and plastic. I might consider the excessive power sort of blocks it somewhat bit, though these little natural teas do bode effectively, let’s have a look at…  With water: fantastic, with previous humidor, balsa wooden, charcoal, pecan pie, Brazil nuts (not Bolsonaro), a salty tang, a drop of gravy, hen bouillon… Mouth (neat): espresso and Cointreau at first, then burnt wooden and heavy molasses. As soon as once more I might consider water ought to do wonders on this context… With water: turns salty and bouillony as soon as extra. End: medium, salty. Feedback: maybe not precisely on par with the flabbergasting Caroni ‘Blackbeard’ in the identical sequence, however nonetheless very fantastic. It is somewhat onerous to get the correct quantity of water proper (what?)

SGP:362 – 88 factors

Versailles at Enmore 32 yo 1991/2021 (48.2%, Distilia, Guyana, Greenheart Collection, 175 bottles)

Versailles at Enmore 32 yo 1991/2021 (48.2%, Distilia, Guyana, Greenheart Assortment, 175 bottles) Five stars

From the well-known single wood pot nonetheless. Thirty-two years, we’re actually including up right here, are we not? Color: mild gold – extremely mild at 32. Nostril: Christmas tree and verbena, with touches of marrow and toasted wholegrain bread. Then sandalwood, bidis, orange peel, shallots, carrot tops, oysters and potpourri. It’s the complexity that is fairly astounding right here, even when you do really feel that this child’s stepping into all instructions, roughly. Joyful previous rum. Mouth: dry as an Ardbeg and tarry as a Port Ellen. Having mentioned that, no malt whisky may ever get as salty as this, even previous Bowmore barrels ‘rolled within the waters to the puffers’. Olives, anchovies, onion soup, miso, toddy. Nothing fallacious. End: identical for a very long time. The saltiness is unimaginable. Onion soup, leek soup, ramson, anchovies in brine… Can we love this! Feedback: this make is usually referred to as ‘Enmore VSG’. Versailles Distillery/Plantation operated till round 1978 (some say 1968 however there), when their nonetheless was moved to Enmore, then to Diamond when Enmore closed in its flip, in 1993. So in principle, you would discover Versailles from Versailles, Versailles from Enmore (resembling this very one), and Versailles from Diamond.

SGP:463 – 91 factors

Why not have a really final one and fly to Marie-Galante? I imply, fly to Guadeloupe, then take the following boat to Marie-Galante? What would you say?

Bielle 2009/2021 (52.5%, Tamosi Sawaku, Marie-Galante)

Bielle 2009/2021 (52.5%, Tamosi Sawaku, Marie-Galante) Four stars and a half

A barely esoteric bottle, however we have not bought something towards that, quite the opposite. Color: reddish amber. Nostril: extraordinarily agricole, with toasted breads, roasted nuts, a drop of diesel oil, hints of cabbage soup, asparagus soup, mushrooms, sandalwood… Will get then rounder and far jammier, I am discovering bananas, tamarind, quinces… Quinces at all times win it, do they not. With water: very good mentholy essences and woods, particularly eucalyptus, wormwood and verbena. This could battle any headache, simply put one drop on every temple. Mouth (neat): Bielle equals class and that is no exception, even when it is a fairly gentler one. Properly not that light, because the liquorice stays heavy, and so does the cinnamon and the numerous fragrant herbs, particularly lemony ones. Citronella and such, lemon-flavoured white nougat (only a sin)… With water: a tad on the woody facet, however do sandal and cedar really matter? End: fairly lengthy, stuffed with fragrant herbs and softer, citrusy spices. Yuzu jam and kaffir lime curd. Cinnamon and chocolate within the aftertaste, that is the wooden talking out. Feedback: uncommon, good drop from that fantastic little island.

SGP:462 – 89 factors

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