The Barrel Sample: R.L. Seale’s 12 Year Old

Not much introduction is needed, this is the newest addition to the core range from Foursquare Distillery (Barbados). The R.L. Seale comes as a 10 year old and now also as a 12 year old rum, although the later is not available in Europe this being a U.S. release. Molasses based, a blend of pot … More The Barrel Sample: R.L. Seale’s 12 Year Old

The Barrel Sample: Grander Barrel Series Rye Finished Rum – Batch 1908R

Grander sources aged rums from Las Cabras Distillery, Panama and bottle them. This particular release is finished in rye casks, apparently from Heaven Hill (Rittenhouse, Pikesville eyc.) with a limited amount of 1680 bottles released. Molasses based, column still distilled and aged for 12 to 15 years in ex-Bourbon casks followed by 8 months in … More The Barrel Sample: Grander Barrel Series Rye Finished Rum – Batch 1908R

The Barrel Sample: Privateer Thick as Thieves Rum – The Whisky Exchange

Was looking through my samples to see what I can write about and I was surprised to realise I forgot about this one. Privateer Thick as Thieves is a single cask chosen by the former Privateer (USA) distiller, Maggie Campbell and Dawn Davies exclusively for The Whisky Exchange. Molasses based, column still distilled, aged for … More The Barrel Sample: Privateer Thick as Thieves Rum – The Whisky Exchange

The Barrel Sample: Berry Bros. & Rudd Foursquare 2010 Sauternes Finish

Here’s a sample of a bottling that seems to be sold out in the UK since its autumn 2021 release. This is a Single Cask selected by London merchants Berry Brothers & Rudd that has been distilled and partially aged at Foursquare Distillery in Barbados. Molasses based, pot and column still distilled in 2010 and … More The Barrel Sample: Berry Bros. & Rudd Foursquare 2010 Sauternes Finish

The Barrel Sample: Reinassance Rum 2018 Fino Cask – The Whisky Exchange

I’m having a look at the sample I received for the freshly released Reinassance Rum that was finished in a Fino Cask and was bottled exclusively for TWE. Reinassance is a fairly new rum producer from Taiwan. The molasses used as a base for this offering comes from local Taiwanese sugar cane and it was … More The Barrel Sample: Reinassance Rum 2018 Fino Cask – The Whisky Exchange

The Barrel Sample: S.B.S Mauritius 2010 Moscatel Cask – The Whisky Exchange

And now here is my second mini-review for the samples I received from the S.B.S bottlings chosen by Dawn Davies exclusively for TWE. S.B.S Mauritius comes from Grays Distillery, Mauritius, is molasses based, distilled in 2010 using a column still and aged on the island (probably using an ex-Bourbon cask) before being taken to Denmark … More The Barrel Sample: S.B.S Mauritius 2010 Moscatel Cask – The Whisky Exchange

The Barrel Sample: S.B.S French Antilles 2020 Port Cask Grand Arome – The Whisky Exchange

Here is one of my mini-reviews for one of the samples I received from the S.B.S bottlings chosen by Dawn Davies exclusively for TWE. S.B.S French Antilles comes from Le Galion Distillery, Martinique, is molasses based (rather than cane juice which is Martinique predominant), fermented for an extended amount of time, as it is a … More The Barrel Sample: S.B.S French Antilles 2020 Port Cask Grand Arome – The Whisky Exchange

The Barrel Sample: Berry Bros & Rudd Diamond 2010 – 2021 Islay Cask Finish

Berry Bros & Rudd are a wine and spirit merchant based in London who also act as independent bottlers. Here I have a sample of a Guyanese rum finished in a former ex-Williamson (Islay whisky) cask. Molasses based, distilled at Diamond Distillery in unspecified stills, aged for 10 years in Guyana in an ex-Bourbon barrel … More The Barrel Sample: Berry Bros & Rudd Diamond 2010 – 2021 Islay Cask Finish

The Barrel Sample: The Duchess Trinidad 11 Year Old

The Trinidad comes from a distillery many haven’t heard of – Ten Cane Distillery. Ten Cane Rum was introduced in 2005 by Moet-Hennesy Louis Vuitton and it was meant to use artisianal processes such as pot still distilling and tropical ageing but it never took off and so in was fully discontinued in 2015. This … More The Barrel Sample: The Duchess Trinidad 11 Year Old

The Barrel Sample: The Duchess Australia 13 Year Old

The Australia is a collaboration with Beenleigh Artisan Distillery who came to The Duchess IB in order to have them release one of their barrels. Molasses based, pot & column still distilled in 2007, aged 10 years in Australia and 3 more in Europe using cask no. 38 which was an ex-Bourbon. Bottled in 2021 … More The Barrel Sample: The Duchess Australia 13 Year Old