The History of Rum Lives in a New Orleans House – The Remsberg Collection

Walking through the front door of Stephen Remsberg’s modest New Orleans house is akin to entering Valhalla. But rather than fallen Norse warriors, the inhabitants are historic rums, many predating U.S. prohibition: The original bottles poured for the first daiquiris and the rum Donn Beach used in…

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…

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…

How to convince a whisky enthusiast to switch to rum

It’s not as hard as you think. Dare to reveal to a whisky connoisseur that you prefer rum. And observe their reaction. Can you see it, the irony sparking in their pupil ? And the mockery raising one corner of the mouth, the anxiety of frowning nostrils? Notice…

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…

Luca Gargano and Jamaica, a true romance

If there is a key figure in the rum world, that person is Luca “Ruruki” Gargano! The introduction into the French and European markets of new Yardies bottled by the Genoa-based company has given us an opportunity to find out more about the love affair Ruruki has had…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

what’s India drinking

Although the effect of demonitization, declaration of a new dry state and the recent Supreme Court decision to ban liquor shops within 500 meters of national and state highways has been detrimental to the growth of spirits industry in India, according to latest reports, three Indian rum…

Alexandre Vingtier : Geographic Identification, yes we can !

There is something new in terms of transparency, regulation and protection of rum producing areas, a subject of great interest to connoisseurs and professionals alike. Without question, the French have been at the forefront of controlled appellations and global protection of these areas; all French rums have…

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…

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…

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…

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),…

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.…

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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