Interactive map – Distillers mobilize day after day against Covid-19

By Alexandre Vingtier & Baptiste Bochet As the Covid19, the map we created is without borders. This is a non-exhaustive map that was created to show the will and intent of our worldwide industry regarding helping others. By creating this map we intended to thank distillers, brands,…

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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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Habitation Long Pond White, a loving heart, and… a punch in the face

Yet another white rum released by Habitation Velier. As a reminder, a previous collection saw the release of a white Habitation Velier Port Mourant. A master stroke given the production costs associated to white rum… It is well known that high ester rums also serve as ingredients…

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Back to the past with Plantation The Collector

Doesn’t Steve Remsberg look a little like “Doc” in Back to the Future? Let’s present The Collector in 3 steps: Origins Steve Remsberg, one of the main rum collectors in the world, still has a few bottles of his favourite rum, an old Jamaican rum dating back…

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Cañero: proudly Dominican!

Founded by Barcelo, this distillery only processes Dominican sugar cane. Fun fact: in the early 19th century, 180 distilleries were active in the Dominican Republic! Cañero features a solera 12 as its common base, but also benefits from additional ageing (between 6 and 9 months) in Normandin-Mercier…

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Botran Cobre is not just a spiced rum!

What does “Botran Cobre” mean? Those unfortunate who picked German as a second language may ask this question… Well, “cobre” means copper in Spanish. The base is a blend of young and aged rums (matured in accordance with the Solera system), the older one being 20 years’…

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Saint James Bitters: Stephen Martin launches his own bitters

Our dear Global Brand Ambassador, Stephen Martin has rolled up his sleeves and has presented his favourite brand with a bitters worthy of its name! He asked himself the legitimate question “Why should signature cocktails be made with bitters produced by a brand that competes with our…

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Saint Lucia Distillers celebrate local artists

Let’s put it bluntly, the content hasn’t changed, but the packaging has. Colours, colours and more colours characterise this limited edition created by artist Llewellyn Xavier. Chairman’s Reserve – Original limited edition by Llewellyn Xavier 70 cl – 40% Distribution: Dugas

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Botafogo: This is sugar, this is Portugal!

These spiced rums, aptly named “Botafogo” (which means “set on fire” in Portuguese), are built around Jamaican spirits mostly. Botafogo Spiced Rum has two versions. From one to the other “heavy rum” levels vary, so do the spices and… so does the price of course! The packaging…

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A dictator wearing a kilt!

Here’s a style suggestion for the ladies from Dictador at the next Whisky Live event! There’s a lot of kilt in this Dictador line called “2 Masters”, due to the whisky finish in special casks. Obviously, the first “Master” is the one created by brand Dictador’s own…

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Kiyomi : Pure Beauty of Okinawa

Personally, I like it when rum is dirty… This white rum is called “Kiyomi”, which means “pure beauty”, the distillery is called “Helios”, named after the Greek god of the sun… Distilled in column stills, Kiyomi is made from molasses. We are told that the sugar cane…

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Treating yourself with New Grove

This new New Grove Savoir Faire from Mauritius is a treat. Aged in 2009 Limousin oak casks hand-picked by LMDW. The flavour range is described as “infinite”, including 360° fruits and more… Magic from the Island of Mauritius… New Grove – Savoir Faire (Single Cask #395) 2009…

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Mhoba’mbastic!

In the SiSwati language, “Mhoba” means… sugar cane! Furthermore, this South African pot distilled rum is made from pure sugar cane juice! The cane comes from the farm… What farm, pray tell? Well, the farm… at the Mhoba Rum Distillery! Sugar cane cutting is performed manually. Using…

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Naga Triple Wood: triply powerful

Naga is an Indonesian rum made by fermenting molasses with Javanese red rice yeast and ageing distillates in Jati and Bourbon casks. After the initial maturation process, Naga is then aged in cherry wood casks, which increases its pre-bottling alcohol content, at which point this former double-cask-aged…

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Plantation Rum: Ferrand engages in a stylistic exercise

Plantation cleared the 6-metre bar with their Extrême series (already in its 3rd season). So little was our surprise when the team told us that one of the brothers used to be a shot putter – no pun intended! You’re not very familiar with Plantation’s Single Casks,…

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Cane Island deals the cards

… and wins a few awards in the process. Cane Island has been around for a while, but it’s the talk of the town because, from now on, Bruant Distribution will be responsible for making sure the brand is available in all of France’s “good spots”. The…

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An orange label does not necessarily mean Velier!

This is the Indies column, so let’s talk about an independent producer… Oops! They’ve done it again… Le Gus’t have a policy of allowing young wildlife (I mean “rums”) to grow up (I mean “age”) in their natural habitat (I mean “in a tropical environment”). In this…

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Trois Rivières launches its “The Bar Editions Range”

Trois Rivières rums are expanding their presence in the mixology and bar world by offering a new range of rums – exclusively to bartenders. Daniel Baudin, cellar master at Trois Rivières, has surpassed himself in proposing these new products: “55 Origins”, “Double Wood”, “Cannes Brûlées” (Charred Canes)…

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Rhum fest paris 2019 : more than 50 countries on stage !

Save the date if you haven’t already: Rhum Fest Paris is taking over the Grande Halle du Parc Floral de Vincennes from 13 to 15 April. Now in its sixth year, Rhum Fest Paris is bigger than ever: more stands, more brands, more rum, more activities and…

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HSE Rums: The Fount of All Understanding 3/3

Read part one of the interview here Meeting between Cyrille Lawson, one of HSE Rum’s figureheads and Cyrille Mald, for a frank exchange on the production secrets that lie behind HSE’s treasures. Cyrille Mald: You said that at the molecular level, if you add water, this increase…

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HSE Rums: The Fount of All Understanding 2/3

Read part one of the interview here Meeting between Cyrille Lawson, one of HSE Rum’s figureheads and Cyrille Mald, for a frank exchange on the production secrets that lie behind HSE’s treasures. Cyrille Mald: Let’s move on to the second batch: The Marquis de Terme 2, which…

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HSE Rums: The Fount of All Understanding 1/3

Meeting between Cyrille Lawson, one of HSE Rum’s figureheads and Cyrille Mald, for a frank exchange on the production secrets that lie behind HSE’s treasures. We may as well be totally complicit in addressing all these little mysteries, possibly as never before, and reveal the secrets behind…

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Mount Gay Black Barrel Tasting with Cyr. Mald

Mount Gay is located in the north of the island, in the parish of St Lucy, on a mount which used to be called Mount Gilboa and was renamed Mount Gay in honor to our namesake Sir John Gay Alleyne, and is the oldest of the four…

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HSE: The Program of Cheerfulness

The most certain mark of wisdom is cheerfulness.¹ ¹ Montaigne, Essays These are 5 new HSE expressions, which wisdom dictates will bring you certain enjoyment. HSE Cuvée 2016, White Rum – 50° Rich on the palate (naphtha and citrus caviar) becoming enchanting (mango, white pepper). Hints of…

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Two Indies Rum: Looking Beyond The Clichés

When the acclaimed single malt producer from India, Amrut Distilleries, decided to produce the country’s first natural rum crafted with Jaggery, they knew it wasn’t going to be an easy road ahead. In an exclusive interview Ashok Chokalingam, International Brand Ambassador and Head of Sales, Amrut Distilleries…

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HSE Rums: Two Cask Strengths that give all they’ve got!

HSE Rums unveil two products: two Cask Strengths to complement the “Expert Cask” range. After fifteen or so years of research and development, HSE brings us two rums whose aromatic profiles are quite distinct, thanks to the different technical characteristics of the selected casks. Indeed, the origin…

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Year after year – the 24 Days of Rum Christmas calendar

It is this time of the year again where the team from 1423.dk – World Class Spirits delights us with a special treat for Christmas – the 24 Days of Rum calendar. True rum fans are already well-familiarized with the calendar as this year’s release is the…

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William Hinton: the agricole rum made in Madeira finally available in France

Bruant has taken over the distribution of products by William Hinton, one of the five agricole rum distilleries on the island. This distillery produces a remarkable white rum bottled at 69%, resulting from natural fermentation, available in very limited edition. But the major item in their permanent…

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Mount Gay, the summit of Barbados

On this island, the birthplace of rum, as Barbados has been called for centuries, Mount Gay is a must-see landmark. This coral island, as flat as a pancake or almost – its highest point, Mount Hillaby “culminates” at 336 m – Barbados offers little in the way…

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South Africa’s Rum Revolution

For a country that produces some 2.2 million tons of sugar per season, South Africa was slow in entering the rum game. Happily, its craft-rum revolution is now well under way, with micro distilleries fast multiplying. Deep South Produced in Kommetjie since 2017, Copeland small-batch white rum is…

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Clairin rums have gained a little more wisdom!

Did I say “more wisdom”? More time certainly! What do I mean? Three Clairins, two Michel Sajous and one Casimir, spent 19 months in different Caroni casks! The ageing of Clairins is an ancient practice that started being documented as early as the XIXth century, although unfortunately…

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Habitation Velier: Jamaica and Barbados running a tight ship!

Since he treated us to a high ester Habitation Velier HLCF, Luca Gargano has kept releasing  lighter versions with less esters and less alcohol ! HLCF alcohol: 68.5%, esters: 550 g/hlpa; LROK alcohol: 67%, esters: 375 g/hlpa; LFCH alcohol: 60,5%, esters: 200 g/hlpa. Can’t complain, taste is…

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A1710: a string of Perles!

2018 vintages by the shoveful! Talking about the new blends by A1710: Nuée Ardente and Soleil de Minuit… Let’s begin with Nuée Ardente 44.8%, a blend of 7 rums aged for 10 to 18 years. More woody notes and character, a direct result (we’ve been told) of…

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Plantation Rum : On your marks, get set, go!

Thinking of the way Plantation communicates with their audience, everything is carefully thought out… The brand has a specific aura, their packaging is well-designed, their backstory nicely crafted: as a result, you always feel like opening their new bottles, which they release at a (not too) sustained…

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Asia’s hottest rum

Cambodian distillery Samai (which means “modernity” in Cambodian) has released two rums. How Samai Gold is made: ferment molasses, distill it in a copper still and make it age for at least one and a half years, using a sherry cask for the finishing touch. Bottle it…

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Dictador in lower sixth

16-year-old, peach-fuzzed Dictador, described by its producer as having notes of coffee and almond, is coming to an off-licence near you. This Dictador ambitions to supplant its 12-year-old younger brother and become the main kid on the block, claiming power for itself in true dictator style… An…

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Caroni’s 100th anniversary celebrations

Caroni started distilling, blending and bottling rum in 1918. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the lost distillery, Velier and LMDW have released an 18-year-old Caroni Replica, bottled at 51.4% (90° proof). With its vintage label, this bottle is “a replica of one of the only bottles…

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Admiral Rodney triples its fleet

Cabin boy, get ready, there isn’t one but three Admiral Rodney’s mooring at quay. FYI, George Rodney, a.k.a. Georgie, won the battle of the Saintes in 1782. Due to my poor nautical vocabulary, I’ll stop using this “anchor tatooed on the arm” style in the rest of…

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Chairman’s Reserve 1931 is back, stronger, more unique!

For your reference, Chairman’s Reserve 1931 is a limited edition by Saint Lucia Distillers, a group distilling on the small island of Saint Lucia, south of Martinique. Six editions  have succeeded each other year after year, but from now on Chairman’s Reserve will be a continuous blend,…

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Maison La Mauny: V. O. for Very Original

From now on, Maison La Mauny Signature du Maître de Chais will be sold under the name “VO Signature du Maître de Chais” -VO for Very Old, because of the ageing period (at least 3 years)! Maison la Mauny have given this original creation a new package…

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Hampden’s ménage à trois with La Maison & Velier!

Hampden has appointed LM&V, a joint venture of Italian company Velier and French company La Maison du Whisky, as its official distributor! The distillery had been ageing its rums since 2010, with a view to releasing an official bottling, and now the time has come to release…

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Trois Rivières: when Martinique takes a dip in Connemara Lake

Trois Rivières goes swimming with… diving bottles! Trois Rivières goes swimming with… diving bottles! First instalment of the “Trois Rivières Finish Collection” series, this rhum spent over 8 months in total in Teeling “small batch” whiskey casks –Teeling being a nice Irish whiskey company based in Dublin.…

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In Gargano Veritas

This is a dream combination, Foursquare meets Hampden, Barbados meets Jamaica… Coffey column in the first case, double retort pot still in the second. In fact, this is a blended rum -as are most rums produced by Foursquare / Doorly’s -, but, this time round, instead of…

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HSE Rums: Two great vintage white rums coming your way

HSE Rums have brought out two new products this autumn: their first plot-specific rum and a 2016 cuvée. Beware! Great vintages coming your way! HSE – Rhum blanc Agricole – Parcellaire #1 A handful of very lucky people were able to taste this at the last Rhum…

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Neisson comes back with a stylistic exercise

Neisson has released a Neisson Blanc « Parcelles en conversion bio » bottled at 52.5%. This rum has been made by using sugarcane from lots that are about to become organic farming certified. Momentarily, there are therefore three 52.5% versions, which gives us an opportunity to compare them. Don’t…

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Marseille Rhum Fest 2018, Rum Laboratory

After two years of roding, Marseille Rhum Fest is returning with an ambitious program. Meeting with his co-organizer Cyrille Hugon. Rumporter: After RFP’s success, why did you create RFM? Cyrille Hugon: Our success in Paris has allowed us to reach a nationwide audience. On social media you…

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Plantation Digs Into Long Pond Archives for Extreme Series No. 3

A recent scan of the U.S. Government spirits label database turned up two new Plantation Extreme series releases, “ITP” and “HJC”.  Both were distilled in 1996 using a John Dore pot still at Jamaica’s Long Pond distillery, which Plantation now co-owns. Since then, they’ve aged for 22…

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El Pasador de Oro, the perfect gift for your brother-in-law?

Once again, Guatemalan rums are distinguishing themselves. And once again, it’s about sugarcane honey, when the freshly pressed sugarcane juice is warmed slowly until the water evaporates and only concentrated sugar remains. Called “virgin cane honey” in the original Guatemalan rum vocabulary, the product is then fermented…

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Manutea, for the Polynesian ti-punches

Manutea hails from Tahiti and represents everything we like, like the single variety O’Tahiti, the juice, the slow reduction… what more does one need? The two versions, 40% and 50%, have two very different aroma profiles, which raises the interest of Manutea even further. When we taste…

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Pirate’s Grog : Two Englishmen in Honduras…

Les Whiskies du Monde offers a new line of a little rum hailing from Honduras – and more accurately – from the heavenly island of Roatán, 60 kilometers from the northern coasts of the country. Roatán is surrounded by one of the world’s largest coral reef, the…

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A1710 and the real gems

The little Martinican distillery never ceases to amaze. It celebrates its first anniversary this year and is about to launch two new white rums called “La Perle Rare” (the real gem), at 52% and 52.5% ABV, both produced from sugarcane grown on an organic land (ECOCERT certified),…

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Conde de Cuba : The sweet count

Conde de Cuba was named after an important figure of the island, Francisco Dionisio Vives y Planes, whose title was given by Ferdinand VII, king of Spain. The distillery named Sevilla (like the Spanish city… are you still with us?) then named its rum in his honor.…

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Pagès-Védrenne ready to take on Marie-Galante

Pagès-Védrenne, the almost century-old liquor maker, has acquired the distribution rights of Bielle distillery in metropolitan France. After Jamaica with Red Bonny (see the special mixology issue of Rumporter), the French company is courting the Antilles with the Bielle, a great rhum agricole. With the B2B market…

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The aptly-named Favorite!

La Favorite, a rum producer on the rise among rum lovers, has set aside 5,000 bottles of its 2009 vintage, previously available at Club Expert Dugas. Let it be known that trade expos are not the best place to discover new spirits, what with the smell of…

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Saint James celebrates 20 years of the AOC with a new vintage

For the 20th anniversary of the AOC and following the recent election of Saint James’ oenologist Marc Sassier as chairman of AOC Martinique (from now on, we should call him Mr. Sassier or Mr. Chairman!), the rum maker has launched the brand new Single Cask 1997 in…

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Neisson pulls out all the stops as its 85th anniversary

Armade, or the 4 decanters of the Apocalypse, are enough to get your bank privileges suspended! The squadron of 4, which assembles the oldest vintages of the producer, has been imprisoned inside crystal decanters, for the greatest pleasure of collectors and wealthy drinkers alike! It should be…

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Trois Rivières and Maison La Mauny score twice

Staying at the top is hard. Trois Rivières knows that and always launches new products very carefully. Before even announcing their latest new rhum, let’s remember that “L23”, the letter and first number in its name rings a bell in many rum lovers’ minds. Last year, Trois…

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Worthy Park’s awakening. Are you worthy of Worthy Park?

The Worthy Park distillery is the only genuine “single estate” rum producer in Jamaica. Single estate means that “WP” is the only estate to independently produce 100% of its rum, from planting its own sugarcane to bottling, as well as fermentation and distillation—failing which it can’t be…

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Chamarel goes solo

Distillery Chamarel launched four limited-edition offerings: one new single cask and three original finishes. The latter are made of a 100% fresh sugarcane rum aged 6 years in French oak casks. The rum is then split between three different types of casks, each with its own characteristics,…

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Ron de Jeremy : new Limited Edition, XXXO

A new reference and the latest entry in the award-winning super-premium Ron de Jeremy Rum portfolio : Ron de Jeremy XXXO The 2017 Limited Edition Ron de Jeremy XXXO is a single batch one-time only rum which takes the smooth Ron de Jeremy ride to new heights.…

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From the Canefield to Cane Land

A couple of months ago, we (Rumporter) heard about the opening of a new distillery located in Baton Rouge, New Orleans. On that behalf we had to investigate and found out that indeed a brand new distillery started producing rum in this southern state of the USA…

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Chairman’s Reserve Unveils Its New Packaging

In March 2016, Groupe Bernard Hayot announced their acquisition of St Lucia Distillers, and now with the news of this packaging update we are starting to see the signs of the new owner’s influence coming though

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Rhum Fest Awards 2017: The Winners!

Rhum Fest awards : This year, the organizers felt it important to consider the sugar content and have further sub-grouped the rums.

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HSE unveils Ragtime!

HSE further complements its range with its Ragtime but before talking about the product, let’s talk about the name… Ragtime is an African-American musical genre and a precursor to jazz, with its origins in 1900s America. Listen to an excerpt from Scott Joplin below: Not bad, eh?…

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HSE, the magic of vintages and barrels

In the 19th century, Habitation Saint-Etienne was one of Martinique’s main sugar mills. Like many others, it was converted into an agricole rum distillery at the end of the same century, and ceased production in 1988.

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Mahiki Coconut Rum Liqueur

When Tiki Bars and Rums Brands Collide… Mahiki Coconut Rum Liqueur has been around for a long time and has been previously presented in several different ways.

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Havana Club Tributo 2nd Edition

The second instalment of the Tributo Collection, a series of the finest rums from Havana Club’s aged reserves, was recently unveiled at the Cuban Habanos Festival and will have a limited release of 2,500 bottles globally.

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Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend

Gruppo Campari have released the Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend, a 25-year-old limited edition rum, which celebrates Joy Spence’s 20th anniversary as Master Blender.

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Old Man Rum Expressions No 1

October 2016… A unique rum was revealed to the world at the Boutique RumFest in London. An expression of rum that has a rather amazing providence, but is both extremely small batch and not released by a multinational drinks corporation.

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Club Rum Amsterdam

A new rum festival : Club Rum Amsterdam – Interview

The spring of rum seems to never to come to an end. As 2016 has been already very rich with the emergence of Manchester, Marseille and Athens as new rum reasons to travel,  2017 is keeping the pace. After Poland has just declared its flame for rum, Amsterdam managed to…

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The JM Armagnac Cask Finish rhum comes out on top!

Good news for rum in general and French rhum in particular: following last year’s 7 year old Isauter from Réunion, it is J.M of Martinique who has most recently won the Spirits Selection 2016 Trophy at the awards held in Tequila, Mexico at the end of August.

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Mount Gay, noblesse oblige

Barbados, dubbed the birthplace of rum, required a lord to play the role of its illustrious representative, a role that history gave to Sir John Gay Alleyne, particularly since Mount Gay is the oldest rum distillery in the world. And yet it could have been given many…

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