Trudiann Branker reinvents Mount Gay

Trudiann Branker, Mount Gay’s new cellar master inducted in April 2019, establishes her style. After five years of instruction under the legendary Allen Smith, Trudiann first honed her hand on the limited series which have revealed her preferences. After releasing the Pot Still Rum, part of the…

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Rum & Sustainability – Virginie de Pouppeville: “Envisaging a future with no volume restrictions isn’t very realistic.”

Virginie de Pouppeville is Quality Manager at BBS (La Mauny, Trois Rivières). As such, she works across the entire production line, from field to bottle. She talks to us about the company’s environmental policy. Rumporter: What measures have you implemented for environmental protection? Virginia Poupeville: We are…

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Rum & Sustainability- “People are our primary concern” – Interview with Alexander Gabriel

Navigating between Charente, Barbados and Jamaica, Alexandre Gabriel is building a small empire wihin the rum industry. Known for his passion for production, he talks with us about his social and environmental concerns andevokes the existing threats, particularly regarding the Caribbean sugar industry. Rumporter: Alexander, you recently…

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Mount Gay goes old school

For over a year already, Mount Gay has been dabbling in a stylistic exercise: the Master Blender collection. After leaping into the future with its “Peat Smoke Expression,” the brand is peddling back in time to delve into the genesis of its distillation. We’re talking about 100%…

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Rum Advent Calendar: Joshua Singh reveals (almost) everything!

The end of the year is approaching and the special rum Advent calendar is back. This year, the calendar is full of surprises … Joshua Singh, the creator, reveals some of them! Rumporter: Joshua, It is year 3 of the Advent calendar adventure. What is new this…

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Glen Moray partners with Saint James Rums to create a new finish

Glen Moray Scotch whisky welcomes a new addition to the Elgin Curiosity range: a single malt finished in agricole rum barrels. After tinkering with a “rum finish” whisky last year aged in Depaz rum barrels, it’s now Saint James’ turn. The Scotch has spent two years in…

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Cocktail recipe: “Creole Sidecar” HSE VSOP agricole rum

What to say about the Creole Sidecar, where HSE VSOP rum finds its full expression? I’ve had several rums from this range and was really impressed during tastings as I discovered the almost woody and toasted notes of some cognacs in this rum. The Creole Sidecar lives…

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Ferrand Plantation Foundation

Disclaimer: this is not a rum bottle! As time goes by, it becomes more and more important to protect rum’s rich heritage. When A. Gabriel and his team selflessly decided to tackle this “problem” headlong, the Ferrand Foundation was born. Based in Château de Roissac, an 18th…

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Scot Anthony McCallum releases a port cask finish rum!

After working for Hart Brothers and Ian Macleod, independent blenders and bottlers from Scotland, Anthony has decided to sail on his own adventures and offer a selection of Scottish whiskies but also a secret Caribbean rum, a 2009 single estate with a port cask finish. House Of…

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Dos Maderas: Nothing better than two casks to get things going again

Dos Maderas, a Bodegas Williams & Humbert brand, has managed to find its place in the sun in the already packed “sweet” rum industry. Blending Caribbean rums and then ageing them in old casks in Jerez, W&H style… You’re probably familiar with Dos Maderas 5 + 5…

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Hampden LROK White: a whitewash victory

This is a limited edition with “xxx” bottles! – is “xxx” a misprint or does it mean “play as long as you win”? Hampden LROK White gives you a great opportunity to compare it to its aged counterpart! Brace yourself for an explosion in your mouth, although…

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Mezan’s Jamaica Long Pond 2000 – Cask Strength

Jamaica Long Pond 2000 is Mezan’s new cuvée, produced by the Long Pond distillery (aged for 3 years on site, and then for 15 years on the continent). Each one of these 4 single casks complies with Mezan’s new charter entitled “Untouched”: unsweetened, uncoloured, and unchill filtered.…

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Appleton comes in a gift box featuring spirits glasses!

Appleton is not the most extrovert Jamaican, nor one to speak louder than everybody else and boast about spectacular gr/hlap’s. Appleton focuses on tastiness, finesse… No wonder this rum comes attractively presented in a gift box featuring 2 tasting glasses whose size meets rum tasting requirements. Appleton…

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Millonario goes one better!

After creating its 10 Aniversario Reserva (ABV: 40%) to appeal to the general public, Millonario is now releasing a Peruvian rum to please those barmen eager to add pep to their cocktails! Millonario 10 Cinquenta (as in 50), bottled at… 50%, has more character, more taste, goes…

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