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December 5, 2021


Simply extra rum, as after brandy, there’s rum  – and reversely. First up, a wee apéritif…

Trois Rivières 1979 (40%, OB, Martinique, +/-1990)

Trois Rivières 1979 (40%, OB, Martinique, +/-1990) Two stars

Rhum agricole for certain however this was pre-appellation. Hope it isn’t flat useless, I am simply opening the bottle, cross fingers… Color: gentle amber. Nostril: typical OBE on rum, with apparent notes of shoe polish which, I am certain, weren’t there again within the Nineties. Mushrooms, mud, rotting oranges, dried rambutans and banana confit, and actually a number of earth. Which, in reality, is frightening… Mouth: it acquired dry and drying, too mentholy, too liquoricy, slightly fleshless, scrawny, now you do nonetheless really feel that this has been nice. Like, twenty years in the past. No, severely, gathering outdated bottles is cool, however consider me, your funding is rarely completely safe. Previous bottles, whether or not whisky, brandy or rum, aren’t significantly better than Bitcoins, they only take extra room. End: nicer! Mouthwash and pine liqueur, with slightly honeydew. Feedback: I ought to have opened this thirty years in the past however then once more, there have been no d*rty blogs again then ;-). Though I might have began a web page on our expensive outdated ‘Minitel‘.

SGP:471 – 72 factors.

Off to Cuba (love Cuba)…

Havana Club 25 yo (40%, La Distillerie Générale, Cuba, 35 cl, 790 bottles)

Havana Membership 25 yo (40%, La Distillerie Générale, Cuba, 35 cl, 790 bottles) Four stars

Some loopy ‘unbiased’ stuff by Pernod-Ricard, who as anybody would know, do deal with Havana Membership. These 25 years are the typical age right here, relatively than the age of the youngest element. Higher simply attempt it, the tales being a tad unlikely and, effectively, dissonant. Color: orange amber. Nostril: the Cuban lightness, the oranges, this sense of nosing Grand-Marnier, these tiny touches of crystallised tangerines, these notes of burnt caramel that, in my awful expertise, will probably be present in any Cuban rum… And, guess what, no whiffs of ‘Cuban cigars’ by any means. Mouth: gentle however delicate and sophisticated, with superior touches of burnt sugars (muscovado, demerara), then café latte and Swiss sizzling chocolate (Caotina, allez). It’s actually skinny nevertheless it does make you consider Juana Bacallao, that utter star from La Havana which I final noticed on the Buena Vista Social Membership round 5 years in the past. End: not lengthy, however splendidly caramelly. Feedback: except I ‘m flawed, this one would dethrone my former favorite Cuban, which was Santiago de Cuba 11 years outdated (WF 85). However we’ved acquired the Santiago 25 on the cabinets…

SGP:640 – 86 factors.

Mauritius 2010/2021 (52.9%, Single Barrel Selection for The Whisky Exchange, Mauritius, moscatel cask finish, 305 bottles)

Mauritius 2010/2021 (52.9%, Single Barrel Choice for The Whisky Alternate, Mauritius, moscatel cask end, 305 bottles) Three stars and a half

From Grey’s distillery apparently. I am nonetheless scuffling with my rums from Maurice/Mauritius, I’ve to say, and a end in moscatel will most likely not assist. Color: amber. Nostril: fudge, heat cane syrup, then flowers (lilies, ylang-ylang), then relatively enormous notes of pineapple and keenness fruits. That is all extraordinarily fragrant and fairly beautiful, hope the palate will not be sugary – or lightish. With water: peonies far and wide, with wee whiffs of mothballs, musk, outdated wardrobe, mink, outdated woman’s perfumes… Mouth (neat): loopy fruity palate, on enormous raspberries, mulberries, prickly pears (enormous, completely enormous) and liquorice allsorts. With water: simple, fruity, and albeit gewurztraminer-like. Turkish delights, rose jelly, litchi… End: good size, extraordinarily fruity. Extra Turkish delights and roses. Feedback: not my most well-liked model, as a malt fanatic, however let’s be sincere, there’s some stamina in there, and an insane fruity floralness.

SGP:740 – 84 factors.

Foursquare 2005/2020 (61.1%, Wealth Solutions, The Colours of Rum, Barbados, cask #112, 272 bottles)

Foursquare 2005/2020 (61.1%, Wealth Options, The Colors of Rum, Barbados, cask #112, 272 bottles) Four stars

What a sequence! Not a rum day with out Foursquare. Color: gentle amber. Nostril: very Foursquare, that’s to say all on desserts, both burnt or ‘pure’. Typical mid-light, mid-heavy model, so very self-blend. Maybe slightly an excessive amount of coconut too, however let’s have a look at… With water: varnish and ‘new-sawn plywood’, then wee greens, asparagus, salsify… These greens are including to the distillate’s physique, in any other case it will be slightly too skinny IMHO. Mouth (neat): a thinnish physique, as at all times, however all the remainder is relatively good, as at all times. Bananas and roasted nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, sesame, black nougat… With water: praline galore and a nougaty extravaganza. How very Foursquare, with no correct esters in sight. I imply, esters that you’d style upfront. End: lengthy and light-weight. Some varnishy touches, tangerine juice… Feedback: impeccable, simply not completely attractive. This thinness in your tongue…

SGP:541 – 86 factors.

Karukera 6 yo 2014/2021 (61.8%, OB for LMDW, Guadeloupe, cask # 10R12N1, 122 bottles)

Karukera 6 yo 2014/2021 (61.8%, OB for LMDW, Guadeloupe, cask # 10R12N1, 122 bottles) Four stars

From a sherry brandy cask, which was most likely an oloroso cask within the first place. I suppose we’re speaking brandy de Jerez, proper? Color: amber. Nostril: enormous liquorice. Love liquorice. Superb liquorice, plus star anise and clearly a sense of artisanal pastis. I’ve to say I’ve at all times been a fan of Karukera – and of artisanal pastis. With water: cedar and sandal wooden, thujone, wormwood, celeriac and gentian. How rooty is that this? Mouth (neat): wham, fashionable meaty, virtually Chambertiny liquoricy arrival. Then increasingly liquorice, menthol, and eucalyptus. Virtually stuff by Domaine Leroy when you ask me. With water: excellent, if a tad concoctiony however is not that the destiny of many a modern-style spirit? Enormous liquorice and mint. End: very lengthy, very mentholy. Maybe slightly ‘an excessive amount of’ at this level. Aniseed and fennel. Feedback: virtually pastis at cask energy, you’d virtually consider this was made in Pontarlier, relatively than in Guadeloupe. Excessive spirit which I like so much, however you would not down a bucket of it.

SGP:471 – 85 factors.

A final one please, and let’s make it one thing particular…

Port Mourant 31 yo 1989/2021 (47.3%, Greenheart Collection, 218 bottles)

Port Mourant 31 yo 1989/2021 (47.3%, Greenheart Assortment, 218 bottles) Five stars

From Port Mourant’s wood nonetheless when it was nonetheless at Uitvlugt. Even utter loudmouths/windmills can not make rum crazier than this. Bla-bla-bla… Color: amber. Nostril: awe and resins, heat waxes, propolis, liquorice lozenges and pure tar liqueurs. That is deep, delicate, stable and heavy, all on the similar time. No, it is chic. Mouth: heavy oak, heavy pinewood, robust liquorice, cough syrup, mentholy ointments, all-crazy resins, that is the equal to JJ Burnell’s hardest basslines with the Stranglers. Chances are you’ll examine ‘One other Camden Afternoon’. De nada. End: lengthy, liquoricy, with some extraordinary steadiness between the lime, the mint, the liquorice and the resins. Thirty-one years, thoughts you! Feedback: as a malt lover, I simply adore this. Some unbeatable ueber-malternative-y rum.

SGP:462 – 91 factors.

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