Foursquare 2009 Barbados Exceptional Cask Selection Mark XVII – 60%

Foursquare 2009 Barbados Exceptional Cask Selection Mark XVII – 60% Stats: Blend of pot and column distillates aged a minimum of 12 years in ex-Bourbon casks. This is the 17th release in the ECS and the sixth “vintage” release, indicated by its distillation year. It was bottled at 60% ABV without chill filtration or additives. Conditions: EnjoyedContinue reading “Foursquare 2009 Barbados Exceptional Cask Selection Mark XVII – 60%”

Samaroli 2002 Demerara Rum 14 Year Wooden Pot Still – 45%

Samaroli 2002 Demerara Rum 14 Year Wooden Pot Still – 45% Stats: Distilled in 2002 at Diamond in Guyana, this Demerara rum spent 14 years aging in Scotland before being released in 2016 by Italian independent bottler Samaroli at 45% ABV. This without a doubt comes from one of the heritage wooden pot stills at DDL,Continue reading Samaroli 2002 Demerara Rum 14 Year Wooden Pot Still – 45%

Holmes Cay Mauritius 2005 Grays 15 Year – 50%

Holmes Cay Mauritius 2005 Grays 15 Year – 50% Stats: Independent bottling of a 2005 distillate from Grays Distilling LTD in Pamplemousses, Mauritius, part of East Africa in the Indian Ocean. It aged for 15 years in topical weather in ex-Cognac casks and was bottled at 50% with no additives. This was a private barrel selectedContinue reading “Holmes Cay Mauritius 2005 Grays 15 Year – 50%”

Comparison: Rhumb Runner 2004 Guyana Diamond Distillery (Versailles Still) 13 Year Vs. 14 Year

Rhumb Runner 2004 Guyana Diamond Distillery (Versailles Still) 13 Year – 71.5% Stats: Independent bottling of a single barrel Versailles distillate (single retort wooden still) made at the Diamond Distillery in Guyana in July 2004, aged 13 years and bottled at a whopping 71.5%! Limited to 231 bottles. Background: I was eyeballing this bottle at a localContinue reading “Comparison: Rhumb Runner 2004 Guyana Diamond Distillery (Versailles Still) 13 Year Vs. 14 Year”

Tamosi Karaya 1998 Guyana Demerara Rum Uitvlugt Distillery (Port Mourant Still) 22 Year – 61.1%

Tamosi Karaya 1998 Guyana Demerara Rum Uitvlugt Distillery (Port Mourant Still) 22 Year – 61.1% Stats: Independent bottling of a 1998 distillate from the Port Mourant double wooden pot still. This was made while the still resided at the Uitvlugt Distillery in Guyana, which closed a year later and then was moved to Diamond where itContinue reading “Tamosi Karaya 1998 Guyana Demerara Rum Uitvlugt Distillery (Port Mourant Still) 22 Year – 61.1%”

Chairman’s Reserve Single Batch Release John Dore 1 Pot Still 9 Year Brandy Cask (Austin Rum Society Pick) – 51%

Chairman’s Reserve Single Batch Release John Dore 1 Pot Still 9 Year Brandy Cask (Austin Rum Society Pick) – 51% Stats: St Lucia Distillers single batch release, made from fermented molasses, distilled in 2011 on the John Dore 1 pot still, aged 9 years in Brandy casks, and bottled on March 5, 2021 at 51%. Background: AniaContinue reading “Chairman’s Reserve Single Batch Release John Dore 1 Pot Still 9 Year Brandy Cask (Austin Rum Society Pick) – 51%”

Worthy Park 2007 WPM 13 Year Florida Rum Society Gemini Barrel – 56%

Worthy Park 2007 WPM 13 Year Florida Rum Society Gemini Barrel – 56% Stats: A twin barrel release of 432 bottles selected by the Florida Rum Society, this is a true “estate” rum with 100% of the molasses coming from Worthy Park grown cane. It was pot distilled and aged 13 long years in St Catherine’sContinue reading “Worthy Park 2007 WPM 13 Year Florida Rum Society Gemini Barrel – 56%”

Blackadder 2003 Raw Cask Guyana 15 Year Port Mourant – 48.6%

Stats: Guyanese rum distilled on the double wooden Port Mourant pot still at Diamond in 2003 and bottled in 2018 by independent bottler Blackadder in Scotland. This was presumably aged entirely in continental climate, producing only 232 bottles at 48.6% ABV with no additives or filtration. My first bottle was number 160, second is #161.Continue reading “Blackadder 2003 Raw Cask Guyana 15 Year Port Mourant – 48.6%”

Golden Devil Jamaica (Hampden) 12 Year Single Cask

Stats: K&L Wines Exclusive Single Cask pick under the Golden Devil label of a 12 year, continentally aged Hampden Estate C<>H marque (1300-1400 esters), bottled at 64.1% ABV, with only 290 bottles produced. Nose: Delightful fruit bouquet… fresh pineapple, mango, and banana, not of the typical rotting or overripe funk variety, but more of aContinue reading “Golden Devil Jamaica (Hampden) 12 Year Single Cask”