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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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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 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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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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Maxence Traverse of Honi Honi talks about the growth of rum in Asia

As rum consumption increases and interest in the spirit gains global traction, naturally, it’s seeping into Asian markets. To find out a little more about what’s happening with this rising star abroad, we interviewed Hong Kong based French bar owner, Maxence Traverse. With about thirty years 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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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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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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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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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…

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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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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…

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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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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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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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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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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…

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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…

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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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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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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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