The Barrel Sample: Mhoba High Ester 68% ABV

Today I have a sample of unaged full bodied rum from Mhoba Distillery located in South Africa. It’s sugar cane juice based, with the cane coming from their own estate. Fermented for around 3 weeks with dunder (stillage) added in order to enhance the ester count and batch distilled in their handmade pot stills at … More The Barrel Sample: Mhoba High Ester 68% ABV

The Barrel Sample: Hampden Great House Distillery Edition

Hampden Great House Distillery Edition (HGHDE) from Hampden, Jamaica was launched earlier this year and it already sold out. Put together by Vivian Wisdom, Hampden’s Master Distiller, HGHDE is a blend of two marques with the first one being the predominant one: OWH (Outram W Hussey) with an ester count of 40-80 gr/hlaa <>H (Diamond … More The Barrel Sample: Hampden Great House Distillery Edition

The Barrel Sample: El Dorado Rare Collection Versailles 2002

El Dorado have launched limited edition rums called Rare Collection to highlight some of their marques and stills, just like the old Velier Demerara did. This one was distilled at Diamond Distillery (Guyana) in the Versailles Wooden Pot Still in 2002 and was a release of 3000 bottles. They are supposed to be additive-free, but … More The Barrel Sample: El Dorado Rare Collection Versailles 2002

The Barrel Sample: Ninefold Barrel Aged Pure Single Rum Edition #1

This is the first single cask release from Ninefold Distillery, located in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. Dr. Kit Carruthers, who runs Ninefold Distillery, was kind enough to provide me with one of the cutest miniatures I’ve seen which contains juice from the said cask. Technically this is the second aged rum from Ninefold, the first … More The Barrel Sample: Ninefold Barrel Aged Pure Single Rum Edition #1

The Barrel Sample: Foursquare Triptych – Velier

The second in the Foursquare Distillery (Barbados) – Velier (Italy) collaboration. Molasses based, pot and column still distilled, a blend of 3 different vintage rums aged in 3 types of casks: 2004 – ex-Bourbon – 12 year old 2005 – ex-Madeira – 11 year old 2007 – virgin oak – 6 year old Bottled at … More The Barrel Sample: Foursquare Triptych – Velier

The Barrel Sample: The Duchess – Barbados Oldest Distillery 19 Year Old (Mount Gay)

The Dutch independent bottler The Duchess once again brings a very old and interesting rum on the market – an 19 year old Mount Gay, part of the Tropical Hummingbirds Series. Mount Gay, from Barbados, is arguably the oldest rum distillery in the world with documents of its existence tracking down all the way to … More The Barrel Sample: The Duchess – Barbados Oldest Distillery 19 Year Old (Mount Gay)

The Barrel Sample: The Duchess – 18 Year Old Foursquare

This is probably the oldest (oak maturation wise) Foursquare (Barbados) I have ever tried. Comes from The Duchess, a Dutch independent bottler I’ve reviewed before on my website, and it’s part of the Hummingbirds series. Molasses based, a blend of pot and column still distillates from 2001, aged for 8 years in the tropics and … More The Barrel Sample: The Duchess – 18 Year Old Foursquare

The Barrel Sample: Port Mourant White – Habitation Velier

Part of the Habitation Velier range which consists of unique, pure pot still distillates from around the Carribean. As the name suggests, my sample of rum was distilled at Diamond Distillery, Guyana, in the legendary Port Mourant Double Wooden Pot Still. With a congener level of 537.59 gr/lAA, it’s molasses based, (wooden) pot still distilled … More The Barrel Sample: Port Mourant White – Habitation Velier

The Barrel Sample: Foursquare 2006 – Velier

The very first collaboration between Foursquare Distillery and Velier, Richard Seale and Luca Gargano. Molasses based, pot and column still blend, aged for 3 years in ex-Bourbon casks and further matured for 6 more years in ex-Cognac casks all in the tropical climate of Barbados. Bottled at 62% ABV with a limited number of 2400 … More The Barrel Sample: Foursquare 2006 – Velier