100 products

Overproof Rum

    • Reduced
    2008 Adelphi Clarendon Single Cask 12 Year Old Cask Strength Rum (700ml)
    JAMAICA
    Reduced from $240.00
    $199. 99 Bottle
    $2399.88 Dozen
    ABV: 56.8%

    Jamaica's Clarendon Distillery (est.1949 and initially owned by the Monymusk Sugar Factory) is a large plant, home to about 5-6 column still marques and about 20 pot still marques. Amongst these is Monymusk, named after one of the oldest sugar cane plantations in Jamaica, located in Lionel Town, Clarendon. To confuse matters, there's also a brand called 'Monymusk', but that has only been around since 2012. The historical connection remains, as Clarendon is located on six acres in the Monymusk Estate. About 90% of the total output goes to Diageo's Captain Morgan and Myers brands, which in total accounts for about 60% of all Jamaican bulk rum exports. In short, Clarendon is a hybrid set up - on the one hand churning out industrial column still distillate for global brands, while on the other creating various esoteric and highly-regarded light and heavy ester pot-distilled rums. Obviously, this selection falls into the latter category. Although Adelphi aren't giving much away, it's rumoured that this was fully matured in a refill Madeira cask. At a potent 56.8%, it promises to deliver an all-natural and truly evocative Jamaican experience. From a run of 402 bottles.

    • 91
    Balcones Cask Strength Texas Rum (750ml) - 58.5%
    Waco, Texas, UNITED STATES
    $160. 00 Bottle
    $1920.00 Dozen
    ABV: 58.5%

    Balcones are better known for their sizeable single malts. Few are aware that they diversified into rum back in 2013. It's taken a while to get the formula right, but this is getting closer. Initially dense, woody and closed, the aroma needs time to pick up steam, developing with notes of dried mango, molasses cake, cinnamon and ginger bread. Bristling wood spices and nipping alcohol come with the territory, however classic Demerara flavours like fruit cake, cinnamon, bitter dark chocolate and dry molasses only gain definition at the last. While it shows impressive staying power, overall, this remains an understated, unadulterated style that could be mistaken for a rum-finished version of their single malt (perhaps they've matured this in x-single malt casks?) For that reason it should entertain malt whisky drinkers and rum enthusiasts in equal measure. 58.5% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered

    • 95
    Black Tot Master Blender's Reserve Cask Strength Rum (700ml) - 2021 Limited Edition
    $250. 00 Bottle
    $3000.00 Dozen
    ABV: 54.5%

    Another first class blending achievement, this time with an Australian twist.

    While comparisons with the inaugural release are inevitable, the Master Blender's Reserve is not simply a slightly older version of last year's 50th Anniversary rum, but a different composition altogether. Different countries, still types and ages have contributed with Head Blender, Oliver Chilton opting for a 'fruitier' expression. It also celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the last rum ration given to the Australian Navy after separating from the Royal Navy, although Australians serving on British ships could still receive rum - in 1921 this was also forbidden. Adding substance to the sentiment, 6.7% of the blend is from Beenleigh Distillery (ten years aged in Queensland and four years continentally).

    At its heart is the 'perpetual' base spirit (14% of last year’s 50th Anniversary release), re-casked into ex-sherry butts and blended with rums between 9 and 24 years old from Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica. These make up the majority of the blend. Even from a 20ml sample they come through powerfully on the nose which has a drier, well-aged Demerara-like feel, developing dense aromas of fruit cake, bush honey and zesty peel matched by nutmeg, vanilla, ginger and cinnamon. Stay with it longer and you'll discover even more. The early palate stages are a little understated - call it elegant (this is anything but an overly-sweet contemporary style). Off-dry flavours of liquorice, roast nut, coffee, brown sugar, dried banana, leather and spice dovetail into a long, fanning flourish of intense, estery complexity. That sensational late burst seems to be Chilton's signature, and it unfolds in slow motion, drawn out with molasses cake, warming cinnamon and bittersweet dark chocolate as well as hints of exotic fruits. The alcohol is less and less discernible with each sip, inverse to the stunning persistence of flavour. 6000 bottles are available globally, however Australia's allocation will be closer to several hundred. Decanted from the casks with zero added sugar and no chill filtration, for full transparency, refer to the details and ratios of the blend below. 54.5% Alc./Vol.

    The Blend

     21.1% - 11YO Trinidad Distillers, Trinidad (Column Still)

    18.5% - 10YO Trinidad Distillers, Trinidad (Column Still)

    17.7% - 10YO Foursquare, Barbados (Pot / Column Still)

    14.1% - Black Tot 50th Anniversary (Perpetual Blend)

    13.5% - 17YO Demerara Distillers, Guyana (Column Still)

    6.7% - 14YO Beenleigh, Australia (Pot Still)

    5.3% - 9YO Hampden, Jamaica (Pot Still)

    2.8% - 24YO Trinidad Distillers, Trinidad (Column Still)

    0.3% - Original Royal Navy Blend (Perpetual Blend 1800 - 1970)

    Other reviews... I'm always finding it rather moving when very altruistic distillers and master blenders accept to part with their own reserves. By the way, for the first time distinguished Master Blender Oliver Chilton has added some Australian rum to the Black Tot composition; could that be Beenleigh? Other than that, it's all a 'British' rum with Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad. Colour: gold. Nose: you would almost believe you could read through this one on the nose, finding the Jamaican(s), Trinidadian, Bajan… It's pretty estery, diesely, with some meatiness (bacon) and quite some liquorice and star anise, then overripe bananas and fermenting pineapples. Touches of olives, which I always find very Jamaican (although I've never checked if they were growing olives in Jamaica) and a handful of raisins. With water: gets drier, on many herbal teas and even more liquorice (sticks). Very fresh allspice mix. Mouth (neat): ultra-classic rich British-style rum, with heavy liquorice, petrol and rotting topical fruits, and a spiciness that may stem from the Australian. Just a very wild and silly guess. With water: very good, a notch lighter perhaps (Barbados?) with those raisins coming to the front and a few violet sweets in the background. But liquorice keeps running the show. Finish: rather long and quite salty. A little more pipe tobacco, molasses, prunes and raisins. Comments: excellently constructed and very 'British Navy' indeed.  Why not also do a French Marine Nationale rhum, one of these days? 87 points - whiskyfun.com

    ...The length on the finish is just right and the flavours linger for long after the liquid has evaporated. As mentioned already this is quite an intense rum so you will probably take time between each sip to savour the finish. I certainly have anyway. As is often the way my previous years bottling is long gone. So I can’t do a head to head comparison. I do know that this is definitely in the same league as the 50th Anniversary and I really have no hesitation in giving a rum as good as this full marks. Another great addition to the Black Tot cannon. Great stuff. 5 stars - thefatrumpirate.com

    Notes from the bottlers... Cinnamon sticks, cooking in brown butter, with nutmeg and cloves. Overripe mangoes and baked bananas, with dusty dark chocolate. More citrus notes build in the glass - satsumas and freshly squeezed navel oranges blend with juicy nectarine and cooked honey. In the background, a dense oily note complements the zesty flavours and merges with herbaceous notes of mint and lemon thyme. Taste: At first, a huge hit of concentrated orange and mango juice, with fresh mint and golden brown caster sugar. The sweetness evolves into milk chocolate and salted caramel, while the fruit seems to become denser, bringing in flavours of guava and passion fruit. Another sip brings orange blossom, balanced by runny honey. Finish: Clementine and mandarin make up a citrus salad, evolving with a pleasing dryness reminiscent of thyme and oregano. Right at the very end, a hint of diesel oil.

     

    • 95
    British Navy Pussers Rum 151 Overproof Navy Rum (700ml)
    GUYANA
    $130. 00 Bottle
    $1560.00 Dozen
    ABV: 75.5%

    Note: the cork is susceptible to breaking when removing the stopper from this product. You may need a cork screw to remove the remaining cork from the neck of the bottle. Have a substitute cork or stopper on standby.

    Matured for three years in first-fill Bourbon barrels and released at an eye-watering strength - as it was traditionally shipped to the Royal Navy victualling yards in Deptford, Gosport, and Devonport for blending and dilution. The nose opens with pungent Indian spices and evolves to molasses-drenched fruit cake, papaya, peel-heavy marmalade, dates, coffee beans and dark chocolate in a punchy but classic Demerara whiff that's ultimately Armagnac-like. Tasted without dilution, the flavours are intense, alcohol-charged, bittersweet, tropical, estery, resiny and complex. Tactile and almost unctuous to finish, striking a deeply satisfying balance in spite of the extreme ABV, this high-octane, gorilla of a rum guarantees to blast tropical cocktails into the stratosphere. Nothing has been added before bottling. (We recommend tasting, but not drinking it straight). 75.5% Alc./Vol.

    • Nick's Import
    British Navy Pussers Gunpowder Proof Navy Strength Rum (700ml)
    GUYANA
    $105. 00 Bottle
    $1260.00 Dozen
    ABV: 54.5%
    A classic British Navy style, inspired by the recipe used to produce the tot given to sailors as their daily ration until Black Tot Day, 31 July 1970. The reference to Gunpowder Proof is explained by the following history snippet: Prior to the invention of the hydrometer, the Royal Navy ship’s “Pusser” shutdown claims of watering down sailors’ daily tots by dousing a bit of gunpowder in the rum and attempting to light it. If the mixture ignited, the rum was “at proof.” If it didn’t, the Pusser might find himself tossed to sea.

    Amongst x-seamen, the consensus is that Pusser's is about as close to the authentic British Royal Navy edition as you can get. A true sailor's delight! 54.5% Alc./Vol.
    Bundaberg Overproof Rum (700ml)
    Queensland, AUSTRALIA
    $64. 99 Bottle
    $779.88 Dozen
    ABV: 57.7%

    The polar bear may seem a curious emblem to originate in Bundaberg, the heart of sunny Queenslands sugar cane country. The designer of the distinctive square Bundaberg bottle believed it was the perfect symbol for a drink that would “ward off the wickedest cold.”

    The process followed in the production of Bundy O.P. (and indeed, most rum) is an intersesting one. At the factory in Bundaberg, the sugar cane (a tall, stout, perennial grass, Saccharum officinarum) is cut up and crushed between rollers, and the juice therefrom runs off into tanks. The water in the juice is evaporated and the remainder becomes a syrup which is boiled in a vacuum container. From this operation comes sugar and an uncrystallizable mass of a deep brown colour and treacly appearance, which is molasses. This is fermented and when distilled, rum is the result.At 57.7% alc/vol. Bundy O.P. is indeed perhaps best reserved for medicinal purposes. It delivers a deep, powerful spirit hit that warms the heart and rectifies the throat. Our recommendation: Turn the heater up, wrap yourself in blankets, pour an O.P. and sweat it out!

     Click here to learn more about Rum.

    2007 Compagnie des Indes Belize (Travellers Distillery) 13 Year Old Cask Strength Rum (700ml)
    BELIZE
    $250. 00 Bottle
    $3000.00 Dozen
    ABV: 62.1%

    Located on the eastern coast of Central America, Rum is the national drink in Belize - no surprise, as the country's sugar cane is of the highest standard, representing a considerable volume of exports.The local rum industry is dominated by 'Travellers Liquor' (est. 1953), a distillery based in Belize City. Specializing in molasses based rums and mainly supplying independent bottlers, the company gained its name from the success it achieved in serving travellers along the main route to and from Belize City. This natural strength release from French independent "Compagnie des Indes was drawn from a single cask at natural strength.

    Notes from the bottlers... Nose: Sandalwood, cinnamon, and a symphony of sweet spices. A floral touch of elderflower, the prelude of an intense mouth. Mouth: Powerful with still both the spicy and floral notes. It is a very well- balanced rum, its high abv makes for a contained powerfulness. Finish: Long and expressive, roasted subtle notes of 75% cacao. 62.1% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
    Goslings Black Seal 151 Proof Rum (700ml)
    BERMUDA
    $130. 00 Bottle
    $1560.00 Dozen
    ABV: 75.5%

    A family business for over two centuries, Gosling's was founded in 1806 by James Gosling and is Bermuda's oldest business house and largest exporter of locally made product. Originally called 'Old Rum', the company's flagship 'Black Seal Rum' was not sold by the bottle until after World War One, when it was packaged in Champagne bottles (the most widely available bottle at the time) and sealed with black wax, hence the name which has stuck. Over the years, Black Seal Rum has become synonymous with the Bermuda region - it is an essential ingredient in the local fish chowder, adds the island flavour to the 'Bermuda Rum Swizzle', as well as being the tempest in Bermuda's favorite cocktail, the 'Dark 'n Stormy'.

    Goslings currently produce rums at three different proofs. Despite the 75.5% of Gosling's Black Seal 151, this is remarkably smooth.

    Other reviews... Don't be afraid of the 151 on the label. This is actually a delicious sipper, with the same chocolate and port wine flavors as its 80 proof sibling. It also works wonders in Zombies and Jet Pilots. - rumratings.com

    • 89
    Inner Circle Black Dot 33 Overproof Rum 75.9% ABV (700ml)
    Queensland, AUSTRALIA
    $99. 99 Bottle
    $1199.88 Dozen
    ABV: 75.9%
    The repackaged Inner Circle Black Dot is a new recipe, as well as new label and bottle shape. The key points are that it's now 100% Australian Rum, pot distilled and hand crafted at Beenleigh distillery. The old Black Dot was a blend of Australian and Fijian Rum. Also, it's now a minimum five years old, blended with some ten year old for smoothness and greater mouth feel.

    Tasting note: Deeper and darker than Green Dot, the high ABV is immediately apparent: prickly wafts carry aromas of cinnamon, vanilla wafer, sticky date and peppercorns. Tastes like more column still than pot still with a supernova of bittersweet flavours that's somehow light on its feet: Vanilla cream and dark chocolate on entry, the mid palate is oily and mouth coating then finally estery through the finish. The aftertaste is fairly brisk for all its strength. 75.9% Alc./Vol.
    • 92
    Inner Circle Green Dot 5 Year Old Navy Strength Rum (700ml)
    Queensland, AUSTRALIA
    $79. 99 Bottle
    $959.88 Dozen
    ABV: 57.2%
    This is the 'new formula' Green Dot, considered a significantly better rum than its predecessor, being a minimum of five years old, blended with a dash of ten year old for added depth of flavour. For a long time reserved exclusively for CSR's Board of Directors, rather than being distilled in Fiji, it's now 100% Australian and produced at the Beenleigh distillery and bottled at high ABV.

    Tasting note: Flawless amber gold. Attractive aromas hinting at cream sponge cake, honey crackles, vanilla wafer and light molasses. Entry is gently bittersweet with near zero burn. Middle stage offers appealing coffee, raw sugar and vanilla flavours. Ends clean, delicate, warming and medium long. Very accessible at natural strength. 57.2% Alc./Vol.
    Kill Devil Single Cask Belize (Travellers Distillery) 14 Year Old Cask Strength Rum (700ml)
    BELIZE
    $250. 00 Bottle
    $3000.00 Dozen
    ABV: 67.3%

    Not many rums can be found labelled with Travellers Distillery as their source. Established in 1953, it produces a variety of different liquors, specializing in molasses based rums, mainly supplying independent bottlers. The company gained its name from the success it achieved in serving travellers along the main route to and from Belize City. This edition is from Hunter Laing, better known for their indie whisky selections. Produced in a column still in 2007, just 188 bottles have been released under the Kill Devil label at a massive natural strength of 67.3%. Very limited stocks.

    Kill Devil Single Cask Guyana 16 Year Old Cask Strength Rum (700ml)
    GUYANA
    $260. 00 Bottle
    $3120.00 Dozen
    ABV: 59.9%

    If you're looking for 'malternatives', this range is as good as any for single malt fans to leap into. Hunter Laing are whisky bottlers, fortunate enough to acquire stocks of aged rums from places such as Guyana and Jamaica, and the word amongst rum bloggers is that they're really beginning to make a mark in the rum world. A handful of the 230 bottle outturn of this cask strength Guyenese beauty have arrived. Produced at the Diamond Distillery via a pot still in 2003 and bottled at 59.9% without added colorants or chill filtration, expect a a big, bold rum.

    Notes from the producers... Colour: Amber. Nose: dark chocolate, cardamom, cinnamon, spices. Taste: Complex notes, dried fruit, dates, raisins, oak. Finish: Long lasting.

    • 94
    Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum (700ml)
    Caribbean,
    $130. 00 Bottle
    $1560.00 Dozen
    ABV: 69%
    A blend of rums from Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica in the overproof dark style. This replaces Plantation’s 'Original Dark Overproof' Rum which was a Trinidad exclusive.
    "O.F.T.D." stands for "Old Fashioned Traditional Dark". In its conception, Alexandre Gabriel, Master Blender for Plantation Rum, brought together six rum luminaries. After many tasting and blending sessions, they formulated a rum ideally suited for use in top-shelf Tiki and tropical cocktails.

    Tasting note: Deep topaz, beams from the glass. Super aromatics, with banana fritter, dried mango, dates and molasses up front. Air contact adds pipe tobacco, balsa wood and dark chocolate. Intensely caney / grassy entry followed by raw sugar, liquorice strap, fruit mince pie and all-spice. The alcohol is kept in check. A keenly balanced overproof rum with profound depth and staying power. 69% Alc./Vol.

    Other reviews... Some of the world’s best rums are being made by a man who cut his teeth on Cognac, Alexandre Gabriel, owner of Maison Ferrand. Not long after reviving that brandy house, Gabriel turned his attention to rum, creating Plantation and endowing it with a Cognac distiller’s sense of balance, elegance and variety. OFTD (Old-Fashioned Traditional Dark), created with input from rum specialists including cocktail historian David Wondrich and tiki expert Martin Cate, is a blockbuster. Earlier Plantation dark rums had relied exclusively on Trinidadian stocks, but OFTD instead blends Jamaican rum’s oily funk with Guyana’s focused intensity and Barbados’s lithe grace—all in a powerhouse package at 138 proof. This is a mixing rum that will stand up to even the stoutest of punches. - www.wineandspiritsmagazine.com
    Scheer Velier 11 Year Old MMW Wedderburn Continental Aged Cask Strength Rum (700ml)
    JAMAICA
    $250. 00 Bottle
    $3000.00 Dozen
    ABV: 63.9%
    These fascinating Scheer-Velier bottlings were originally released as comparison sets (Tropical and Contintental aged bottlings). The concept was to showcase the differences between Continental versus Tropical aging. As the name suggests, they were created in collaboration between Dutch independent bottler 'Scheer', and Master Blender and renowned rum guardian and advocate Luca Gargano of Velier.

    Totally aged in Europe, the contintental version was produced from a blend of two casks filled in 2008 and 10 casks filled in 2007. With an end result having an ester content of 243.5 grams per hectolitre of pure alcohol, these are big rums with strong personalities. Give this Wedderburn Monymusk plenty of time to open up. 63.9% Alc./Vol.
    Scheer Velier 14 Year EMB Plummer Continental Aged Cask Strength Rum (700ml)
    JAMAICA
    $260. 00 Bottle
    $3120.00 Dozen
    ABV: 64.8%
    These fascinating Scheer-Velier bottlings were originally released as comparison sets (Tropical and Contintental aged bottlings). The concept was to showcase the differences between Continental versus Tropical aging. As the name suggests, they were created in collaboration between Dutch independent bottler 'Scheer', and Master Blender and renowned rum guardian and advocate Luca Gargano of Velier.

    Produced from a blend of twelve casks distilled in 2004 aged entirely in a continental climate in Europe, this is part of the Plummer (EMB) category of rums produced by the Monymusk distillery. Weighing in with an ester content of 129.9 grams per hectolitre of pure alcohol. 64.8% Alc./Vol.
    That Boutique-y Rum Company O Reizinho 3 Year Old Batch 1 Cask Strength Rum (500ml)
    Madeira, PORTUGAL
    $140. 00 Bottle
    $1680.00 Dozen
    ABV: 52.6%

    Another rum oddity: made from sugar cane juice, produced on a single pot still rather than a column at Madeira's 'O Reizinho' distillery (meaning “The Little King”). No surprise then that ex-Madeira wine casks were employed for its maturation. Little known outside of Madeira, reportedly, Portuguese Rhum Agricole or 'Agricola da Madeira' is on the rise. Boutique-y's batch 1 is composed of 1936 bottles at 52.6% Alc./Vol.

    Other reviews... From what I’ve been able to find O Reizinho cask their rum at a very low 50% abv and the rum increases in abv with aging due to the water loss over time – this is all to do with climate, where a lot of spirits lose water and alcohol as they mature but some locations cause water loss at a greater rate thereby increasing the abv of the spirit. Also, such a low abv will give an increase in the water soluble components in the cask such as sugars and any residual wine that’s imparted into the cask so a 3 year maturation may seem short but the result could be interesting....This is hilarious stuff, I’ve never had a rum with this profile before and it really took some getting used to indeed. Once you’re in the zone with it though then things are really enjoyable. Sure, I certainly wouldn’t give a glass of this to someone and be all “This is what rum is like”, but I’d give them a glass of it and be all “Hey, look what rum can be like”. - rumtastic.com

    That Boutique-y Rum Company Engenhos Do Norte 7 Year Old Batch 1 Cask Strength Rum (500ml)
    Madeira, PORTUGAL
    $120. 00 Bottle
    $1440.00 Dozen
    ABV: 48.8%

    That Boutique-y Company is showing a flair for sourcing rums from places you wouldn't expect - like Portugal - this one distilled at Engenhos do Norte on the island of Madeira who otherwise produce brands like 'Rum North', 'Branca' and 'Zarco'. Incidentally, Madeira is one of the few places outside the French islands that can use the term agricole legally. Produced from sugar cane juice, milled by steam engines (hence the label), and distilled through column stills, Batch 1 is an outturn of 1395 bottles at 48.8%. Expect a fruity rum with lots of freshness on the nose and more vanilla on the palate, finishing with a hint of salinity and mixed spices (pepper).

    Other reviews... It’s initially dry and peppery, but also crisp, tasting of marshmallows, and tart white fruits like guavas, Thai mangoes, unripe pears, soursop, papaya, watermelon and pineapple. There’s a nice thread of lemon underneath it all, cumin, vanilla, and a nice touch of brine and olives.  This all leads to a conclusion that is short and easy, redolent mostly of sweet watery fruit with a last musky brine taste, and some more lemon zest. 

    In a peculiar way, it reminds me less of a French Island agricole than of a grogue from Cabo Verde. There’s a sort of easy crispness to the experience, with the herbal notes evident but not as strong and clear and focused as a Martinique rhum is. For centuries Madeirans drank their rhums unaged and white — of late they have begun to try and develop an aged rum industry and expand beyond the local market which thus far has consumed everything the small distilleries produce.  The development of real blending and ageing skill is still some years in the future, and thus far it’s only the small IBs like Boutique-y that have brought their rums to our attention. But I think that we should keep an eye out for the rhums from Madeira, all of them.  Based on the few I’ve tried, these guys know what they’re doing, know how to make a good rhum, and will be going places in the years to come. - thelonecaner.com

    That Boutique-y Rum Company Diamond Distillery (Port Mourant) 9 Year Old Batch 1 Cask Strength Rum (500ml)
    GUYANA
    $160. 00 Bottle
    $1920.00 Dozen
    ABV: 55.9%

    A molasses based rum with a great big personality: fiery, full and flavoursome. The Port Mourant still, was (unsurprisingly) at the Port Mourant estate which was established in 1732. The process of nationalisation of the sugar industry lead to a centralisation of the various stills located around the country. First it was transferred to Uitvlugt, then in 2000 to its current home at Diamond Distillery along with all the other heritage stills and a modern multi-column set up (hence the transport-themed label). Single cask examples are generally the reserve of independents. In this very limited Boutique-y bottling, those sweet tarmac and burnt rubber notes have been nicely balanced against time in oak. 55.9% Alc./Vol.

    Notes from the bottlers... Nose: Soft vanilla and ripe banana lead among plenty of winter spice and salinity. Charred oak adds a defined and muscular backdrop, which a little milk chocolate rises through. Palate: A buttery mouthfeel sparkles with complex molasses spice and sweet red chilli heat. An earthy oak core reveals roasted fruit, more sea salt and sticky toffee. Finish: A little engine oil adds an interesting touch to a long finish.

    That Boutique-y Rum Company Secret Distillery #3 (Monymusk) 14 Year Old Batch 2 Cask Strength Jamaica Rum (500ml)
    JAMAICA
    $180. 00 Bottle
    $2160.00 Dozen
    ABV: 55.5%

    This Boutique-y edition is sourced from Jamaica's Clarendon Distillery (est.1949 and initially owned by the Monymusk Sugar Factory). It's a large plant, home to about 5-6 column still marques and about 20 pot still marques. Amongst these is Monymusk, named after one of the oldest sugar cane plantations in Jamaica, located in Lionel Town, Clarendon. To confuse matters, there's also a brand called 'Monymusk', but that has only been around since 2012. The historical connection remains, as Clarendon is located on six acres in the Monymusk Estate. About 90% of the total output goes to Diageo's Captain Morgan and Myers brands, which in total accounts for about 60% of all Jamaican bulk rum exports. Monymusk is thus only a tiny fraction of what the distillery is producing.

    A style described as "very elegant" by the bottlers, in fact, on a level with dogs riding the London Underground in suits and bowler hats reading broadsheets... Perhaps. At least, that's what the label implies. Is it delicious and rare? Hailing from the distillery after 14 years of continental maturation, this batch defies a convention: that the darker the rum the better the taste. Expect sweet, savoury notes and a hint of spice plus punchy orange zest, a toastiness from the cask and a pineapple-led finish. 374 bottles. 55.5% Alc./Vol.

    2013 Transcontinental Rum Line Jamaica WP (Worthy Park) 5 Year Old Navy Strength Jamaica Rum (700ml)
    JAMAICA
    $165. 00 Bottle
    $1980.00 Dozen
    ABV: 57.18%

    Launched in 2016, 'Transcontinental Rum Line' is a new brand from the French retailer, LMDW (La Maison du Whisky). Aimed at seducing lovers of high-end rum, the colourful packaging is inspired by rum trader's trips between the New World and the Old Continent. Evaporation rates were found to be lower when barrels were matured en route, rather than in the hot Caribbean climate, hence the trips were considered to have an economic advantage.

    Similarly, LMDW's bottlings are first aged first in a tropical climate for 4-5 years then for up to 12 months in Europe. The cooler conditions slow the maturation process. This natural strength Jamaican edition is from the highly regarded Worthy Park distillery which re-opened in 2005. 57.18% Alc./Vol.

    2015 Velier Beenleigh Arid / Desert Ageing 4 Year Old Cask Strength Australian Rum (700ml)
    Queensland, AUSTRALIA
    $240. 00 Bottle
    $2880.00 Dozen
    ABV: 59%

    Rum chasers seeking the unusual and collectable will snap up this first edition from Luca Gargano of Velier fame and the Australian distillery Beenleigh. It's a molasses based rum that was first distilled in a column, before being re-distilled in a pot-still. Notable on the label is that this was subject to an 'Arid / desert maturation' in first-fill ex-bourbon casks - obviously not in Queensland, but in the dry South Australian Riverland region. Bottled in 2021 at a natural strength of 59%, nothing has been added.

    • 93
    • Nick's Import
    Woods 100 Old Navy Rum (1000ml)
    GUYANA
    $119. 99 Bottle
    $1439.88 Dozen
    ABV: 57%

    Authentic, high-proof Caribbean rum in a super value one litre bottle.

    Guyana is justly famous for its rich, heavy Demerara rums, named for a local river and produced from both pot and column stills. These can be aged for long periods (25-year-old varieties are on the market), but are more frequently used for blending with lighter rums. First served to English sailors in Jamaica in 1655, Woods was created for use by His Majesty's armed forces, remaining a mainstay of British naval life for over 300 years. Now produced at Guyana's Daimond Distillery using black strap molasses and the last wooden stills in the world, the blend contains both pot and (mostly) column distilled rums aged between 1.5 and 3 years. Probably the darkest rum on the market today, this brown sherry to treacle coloured spirit needs time to build on the nose and palate, and despite the mega alcohol is deceptively light on entry, but fans out with fantastic depth, suggesting molasses cake, treacle and liquorice strap before finishing with notes of coffee cake, chico lollies and dark chocolate. Arguably more dry than sweet, without the pronounced 'bitter sweetness' you might expect at this potent strength, it winds up dripping with treacle, molasses cake and chewy oak. The nose is a little shy, and don't go looking for complexity, but it will add a prototypical Demerara quality to Tiki cocktails. Old school sailors will keep it neat or add sweet mixers to taste. 57% alc./vol.

    Other reviews... 4.5 Stars - diffordsguide.com

    Gold Medal - Dark Rum up to 7yo - 2015 The Rum Masters

    2017 Habitation Velier Mhoba South Africa Pure Single Cask Strength Rum (700ml)
    SOUTH AFRICA
    $230. 00 Bottle
    $2760.00 Dozen
    ABV: 64.6%

    Something very unusual for rum lovers here. For those new to the series, the Habitation Velier selections represent the world’s only range of Pure Single Rums (think of them as the rum equivalent of single malt whiskies) - in other words, rums from a single distillery, distilled exclusively in pot stills. Every one is a reference point for each distillery’s unique pot still. The rums are entirely aged in the tropics, ensuring a natural, accelerated maturation compared to European or 'continental' ageing. The downside is a higher angel's share.

    Continueing Velier's vision is this expression from Mhoba in South Africa, the result of a partnership between Luca Gargano and Robert Greaves, the founder of Mhoba. Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Onderberg district of Mpumalanga, Mhoba harvests the Nkomazi variety of sugar cane from a farm adjacent to the distillery. The cane is hand cut and pressed by an in-house mill. The cane juice (not molasses) is fermented in part by a local baking yeast as well as wild yeasts. Distillation is conducted with a pot still designed by Greaves. The particularity of this still is to favour a maximum reflux in order to develop heavy and particularly aromatic distillates.

    Aged for four years in ex-bourbon casks at the distillery in the tropical environment, the share the angels take is over 22%. As usual, Velier have bottled this without reduction, at 64.6% with 246.1 gr/HLPA of esters.

    Balcones Cask Strength Texas Rum (750ml)
    Texas, UNITED STATES
    $160. 00 Bottle
    $1920.00 Dozen
    ABV: 62%
    First offered in 2013, Balcones traditional double distilled rum is made from the finest molasses available. Combined with their in-house cooperage program, consisting of a variety of oak species and multiple toast profiles, the result is a bold and robust rum with rich deep fruit flavours and warming notes of vanilla and caramel. A rum to excite both the rum purist and committed whisky drinkers alike! 62% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
    Barrell Craft Spirits BCS Private Release J657 'Joe's Playlist Track #6 Whoosier Tiki' Cask Strength Jamaica Rum (750ml)
    JAMAICA
    $250. 00 Bottle
    $3000.00 Dozen
    ABV: 65.82%
    The base rum for this blend is from Jamaica and makes up 65%. The marrying and finishing were done in an Indiana Rye Cask. Comes bottled at an atomic strength of 65.82% Alc./Vol.
    Barrell Craft Spirits BCS Rum 13 Year Old Cask Strength Rum (750ml) - Release 01
    Caribbean,
    $499. 00 Bottle
    $5988.00 Dozen
    ABV: 62.1%

    The casks used for BCS release #1 rum were on an Atlantic voyage that spanned almost a year before they reached Kentucky. Rather than issuing them as single barrels, experiments with countless combinations came up with this outstanding blend of vintage rums from Barbados, Jamaica and Guyana. It looks to be a real gem from BCS. The bad news is, we have next to nothing from an outturn of 483 bottles. 62.1% Alc./Vol.

    Notes from the bottlers... Nose: Strong notes reminiscent of tepache, a Mexican fermented beverage made from pineapple rinds. Others emerge - fruity notes of green grapes and lime hull, earthy notes of oyster shell and potting soil, and very Jamaican vegetal notes of Kalamata olive, caper, pine needle tea, scallion, and pollen. Palate: Comparatively gentle, the Guyanese lending demerara syrup, purple plum, and crème de cassis, the Barbados bringing characteristic florals and spice: rosehip tea, cinnamon, and star anise. These notes are held together by a fresh maritime character -- seaweed, sea salt, and a little glycerine richness. Finish: The Jamaican hogo is back, as is the tepache, but it’s also spicy, with notes of ginger, turmeric, and catnip. Lychee makes an unexpected appearance.

    • Reduced
    Barrell Craft Spirits BCS Rum 14 Year Old Cask Strength Rum (750ml) - Release 02
    JAMAICA
    Reduced from $499.00
    $450. 00 Bottle
    $5400.00 Dozen
    ABV: 64.7%

    Jamaican rums can be endlessly rewarding in their complexity but a challenge to blend. BCS have ensured each of the distinct aromas shine with a focus on berry fruits and peppers. Patience and a splash of water reward the drinker with boundless entertainment: innumerable tropical fruits, maritime minerals and heady florals. Extremely limited stocks. 64.7% Alc./Vol.

    Notes from the bottlers... Nose: The esters are so concentrated and varied that the aroma presents first with the unmistakable monolithic smell of funky Jamaican rum. Slowly, the Barbados and Demerara rums drive a wedge into the funk and focus the profile first around berries and flowers. There’s a fatty element at times reminiscent of tahini or browned butter. A kiss of wood spice, sauna and nutmeg is present. Palate: The alcohol keeps the sweetness in check, the tannins are modest and sandy. Tthe flavors mirror the nose: Blackberry, rosehip, nutmeg, tahini. The mineral side really shines and gives a maritime feel: crushed oyster shell, kelp, fried clams, dry vermouth. Finish: The tropical fruits pop, with lime zest, lychee, navel orange, and pineapple. Some soft resinous touches of mastic and pine pitch. A hint of savory enoki mushroom and sweet crab meat.

    Black Gate Single Cask Overproof Rum (700ml)
    New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
    $120. 00 Bottle
    $1440.00 Dozen
    ABV: 51%
    A new high strength Black Gate, double distilled in a traditional all copper, direct fired pot still and matured for two years in a 100 litre re-coopered cask that previously held Australian Tawny Port. Expect an all-natural, big and bold molasses based rum with toffee and caramel flavours. 51% Alc./Vol.
    • 96
    Black Tot 50th Anniversary Cask Strength Rum (700ml)
    Caribbean,
    $240. 00 Bottle
    $2880.00 Dozen
    ABV: 54.5%

    Stepping away from whisky for a moment - possibly the only other wood-aged spirit capable of arousing the same passions comes from ‘the reed which brings forth honey’ (without the help of bees)– mainly because it’s capable of a similar dizzying complexity and diversity that whisky achieves.
    Here's one that comes with a strong "buy now", and for more than one reason.

    This is the fourth instalment from Elixir Distillers under the Black Tot label and marks the 50th Anniversary of the abolition of the Royal Navy's daily rum ration. To commemorate “Black Tot Day”, Head Blender, Oliver Chilton together with co-founder Sukhinder Singhhas created a limited edition Caribbean rum and bottled it at navy strength. It includes some incredibly old and genuinely rare stocks, noted marques for the (majority) Guyanese rums, including distillates from a wooden pot still to a multi-column still with age statements from 9 to 42 years. A splash of the original Royal Navy rum, continuously blended in wooden vats from the early 1800s through to 1970 has been thrown in for good measure.
    Here's the full breakdown:

    28% 12 year Guyana – Demerara Distillers – Savalle still
    27% 9 year Guyana – Demerara Distillers – Savalle still
    15% 11 year Barbados – Foursquare – pot/column still
    11% 10 year Trinidad – Trinidad Distillers – column still
    8% 9 year Jamaica – Hampden – pot still
    6% 10 year Guyana – Demerara Distillers – Port Mourant still
    4% 23 year Trinidad – Caroni – column still. CLOSED DISTILLERY.
    0.5% 42 year Guyana – Uitvlugt – Port Mourant still. CLOSED DISTILLERY.
    0.5% Original Royal Navy Rum – world blend

    The vision wasn't to make a replica of the original navy rum or copy new Caribbean expressions, but to create something that sat in between. Also, Sukhinder prefers older and richer old-school navy style rums while Chilton likes fresher and funkier modern rum. They started with the four pillars of Royal Naval rum – the islands of Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad. Samples were then pulled from casks and rums were blended.

    Two thirds of the liquid went into glass – the rest went back into casks. This will be an ongoing project with a new rum each year, each starting from the previous year’s blend. But as much as we look forward to tasting those bottlings, deep down, the rum lover and collector in us knows this is the one to get (besides, it's not guaranteed you'll see the same proportions of now semi-mythical Caroni and Uitvlugt in later iterations). Flavour wise, it's streets away from industrial-scale saccharine rums. If you prefer 'adult' rums to 'drinkable' but overly-sweet and monotonous modern styles, this will be worth every cent. 5000 bottles are on offer globally. Get in before everyone else wakes up.

    Tasting note: Mahogany colour. Brooding depths to the layered nose: Molasses cake and liquorice strap. Plantain and drier vanillas. Fruit cake, cinnamon, nutmeg and bitter cocoa. The sugars are evenly matched against the funk and freshness. Unravels with stunning length as the alcohol pulsates the taste buds. Sweet and dry, old and new, wrangle together; liquorice strap meets grassier / fruitier notes. Raisin cake meets bitter dark chocolate. Rancio and resiny oak give an hors d'age Armagnac feel to the finish, followed by walnut slice, dried banana, cinnamon and ginger bread. Rebounds with mocha, dried fruits (raisin / date) and brandy cream sauce and lasts for minutes. A contemporary rum with an old soul that demonstrates Chilton and his blending team are at the top of their game. 54.5% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered. Zero sugar added. 5000 bottles.

    Other reviews... I’ll be entirely honest and say this has ticked every box for me. Whether is it a faithful recreation of the rum drank pre-1970, I’m really not that bothered to be honest. It’s a fantastic blended rum. 5 Stars - thefatrumpirate.com

    Official tasting notes... Nose : We are greeted with cinnamon sticks, sprinkled with nutmeg, toasting in the oven. Then a deep richness, akin to caramel-glazed apple tart, with some citrus elements rolling in. There is also barbecued pineapple and grapefruit zest, balanced by notes of melting chocolate raisins and freshly ground Jamaican blue mountain coffee. With more time, a hint of well-aged spirit emerges, reminiscent of dusty books in a historic library. Palate : From the first sip, the palate is almost overrun with the combination of liquorice sticks and vanilla bean paste. As the flavours coat the mouth, lime juice married with 80% cocoa dark chocolate appears, which slowly deepens to brandy-poached pears. A backbone of dried mint and tarragon is married with natural sweetness and a touch of nuttiness, in the form of bananas and walnuts. Finish : Long and lingering, with flavours of mint chocolate chip ice cream and soft liquorice, dipped in sherbet. The rich flavours of a whole-milk latte topped with cream dissipate to leave a pleasant dryness, leading to another sip.

    1990 Cadenhead's MEV Enmore Distillery 26 Year Old Cask Strength Guyanese Rum (700ml)
    GUYANA
    $370. 00 Bottle
    $4440.00 Dozen
    ABV: 57.2%
    An indie release that rum purists will be pleased to get their hands on is this exceptionally old Enmore. Distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2017 as part of Cadenhead’s 175th Anniversary celebrations, it was limited to one bottle per customer at Cadenhead's stores in the UK, so as you'd expect, there's very little to go around for Australian rum lovers. As an original distillery bottling it's quite collectable.

    The 'MEV' marque stands for 'Main Enmore Versailles'. According to one source, "Many of the 1990 Enmores wear this mark, which suggests that the Main Rum Company probably imported or bought a lot of rum at that time." As the marque suggests, this was distilled using the Versailles Single Wooden Pot Still, located at the Enmore Distillery at the time of distillation in 1990 (the still was moved to the Uitvlugt Distillery in 1995 and subsequently to the Diamond Distillery in 1999). The rum was shipped to Europe for maturation by Cadenheads. Very limited stocks. 57.2% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
    1993 Cadenheads MPM Uitvlugt Distillery Single Cask 25 Year Old Cask Strength Guyana Rum (700ml)
    GUYANA
    $499. 00 Bottle
    $5988.00 Dozen
    ABV: 49.9%

    'ICBU' was the marque used to identify rums from the Dutch owned Uitvulgt Distillery. While Uitvlugt continues to operate as a sugar refinery and producer of molasses, the equipment used for rum production reportedly ceased operation in 2000 and was moved to the El Dorado Distillery. Not surprisingly, Uitvulgt's have become quite collectible.

    In this instance, the “MPM” moniker appears to be a Cadenhead convention, and probably stands for "Main Port Mourant" or some similar variation – conveying that the rum is from an Uitvlugt pot still. Cadenhead's release is from a single barrel, filled in October 1993, matured in Campbeltown, Scotland and emptied in early 2019 with an outturn of 204 bottles. It's a non chill filtered / all natural rum.

    Notes from the bottlers... Nose: Grassy; haylofts and very oily. Hints of varnish, raisins, dried orange peel and marzipan. Palate: big rum, some ginger powder, kiwi fruits, brown bread toast with salted butter. Lychee, popping candy and lemon juice. Finish: Faint tropical fruits give way to more grassy, herbal notes. 49.9% Alc./Vol.

    2009 Cadenheads Alcoholes Finos Dominicanos 11 Year Old Cask Strength Dominican Republic Rum (700ml)
    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
    $150. 00 Bottle
    $1800.00 Dozen
    ABV: 55%
    A high strength column distilled Dominican Rum from indie bottlers, Cadenheads.

    Notes from Cadenheads... Nose: Coconut oil, banana chips, vanilla pods. Flavour: Honey and pineapple juice. Finish: Treacle scones, brown sugar and liquorice. 55% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.

    2001 Cadenheads Trinidad Distillers 19 Year Old Cask Strength Trinidad Rum (700ml)
    TRINIDAD
    $240. 00 Bottle
    $2880.00 Dozen
    ABV: 55%
    Another brightly presented, all-natural column distilled rum from Cadenhead's Single Cask collection.

    Notes from Cadenheads... Nose: Demerara sugar, mango and pineapple. Flavour: Thick butterscotch sauce and root ginger. Finish: Cinnamon, pecans, fresh pineapple juice. Non chill filtered. 55% Alc./Vol.
    Cadenheads Green Label Overproof Jamaican White Rum (700ml)
    JAMAICA
    $140. 00 Bottle
    $1680.00 Dozen
    ABV: 63%
    Great to see high proof white rums making there way to our shores. Those from the island of Jamaica are considered the "Queens of funk", a title earned for their high ester count that can yield aromas and flavours of pineapple, overripe banana and stone fruits. Just 102 bottles of this non chill filtered Cadenhead's beauty have been released. Its plush green and canary yellow packaging evokes tropical rum punches and Tiki cocktails. Because it's so powerful, mixologists liken its use to salt in cooking. Says one: "Sometimes you need a little salt; it makes everything better. I’ll often add a quarter-ounce or a few dashes of overproof white rum to cocktails that need a little oomph.” Very limited stocks.

    Notes from Cadenheads... Nose: Sweet, honey roasted peanuts, melon, candied ginger, fennel, rosemary and faint cherry cough medicine. Flavour: More ginger spice with caramel, apple struddle. Pistachio nuts, clotted cream and soft spearmint with warming spice. Finish: Very herbal with lingering soft spice, black pepper, star anise, corriander and fennel before becoming more fruit - satsumas and grapeskins.
    2005 Cadenheads TMAH Trinidad Distillers 12 Year Old Cask Strength Rum (700ml)
    TRINIDAD
    $180. 00 Bottle
    $2160.00 Dozen
    ABV: 67.4%
    Another collectable celebrating Cadenhead's 175th Anniversary - as noted on the box and medallion hang tag. This one from Trinidad Distillers was column distilled and weighs in at a whopping ABV. Established by Angostura back in the 1940s, the venture was mostly producing rums from imported molasses. As to what 'TMAH' stands for on the label remains a mystery. What is certain is that at 67.4% Alc./Vol., this is going to be an absolute beast. Kudos to Cadenheads for continuing to seek out and bottle these completely unadulterated Caribbean gems. Comes non chill filtered.
    2006 Cadenheads MBFS Foursquare Distillery Single Cask 12 Year Old Cask Strength Barbados Rum (700ml)
    BARBADOS
    $199. 00 Bottle
    $2388.00 Dozen
    ABV: 63.2%
    Consistently praised as a producer of some of Barbados's finest rums, the Foursquare distillery is also the home of famous brands like Doorlys and R.L. Seale. This mix of column and pot still rums was finished for two years in an x port cask that previously contained Kilkerran single malt. Released in 2019 at natural strength as a limited single barrel run of 246 bottles, Australia has received a small allocation.

    Notes from Cadenheads... Nose: Fresh pine, chestnuts, autumnal forest floors and a hint of strawberry yoghurt. Flavour: Pecan pie, maple syrup, soft dark fruits, brambles, raspberries and blueberries. Finish: Kilkerran port cask influence comes through, soft smoke, fresh cut wood, dark cherries and raspberry syrup. 63.2% Alc./Vol.
    1991 Cadenheads TMAH Trinidad Distillers 25 Year Old Cask Strength Trinidad Rum (700ml)
    TRINIDAD
    $350. 00 Bottle
    $4200.00 Dozen
    ABV: 64.3%
    Craft-indie bottler, Cadenheads offer another atomic-strength rum packaged as part of their 175th Anniversary Collection (each bottle also has a little commemorative metal hang tag). The rum was sourced from Trinidad Distillers, a large operation established in the 1940s. When Angostura's founders arrived in Trinidad they initially out-sourced rums to make their world famous bitters. However the son of the founder, Don Carlos, always intended to create his own rum. It wasn't until 1947 that the great grandson of the founder, Robert Siegert (with Mr Gomez and Thomas Gatcliffe) built the first distillery in Port of Spain. Boasting seven column stills, TD today produces over 18 million litres annually, mostly for export. The Lone Caner rum blog reports "...most of the molasses they work with originates outside of Trinidad – in Guyana, Panama and the Dominican Republic. In any event, Angostura as a company has little to do with it."

    Laid into cask in 1991 this exceptionally old expression arrives at a remarkable natural strength of 64.3% Alc./Vol. (The meaning behind the designation "TMAH" on the label is not stated). Non chill filtered. Very limited stocks.

    Other reviews... A rum like Cadenhead’s 21 year old is a curious beast. Dissecting its profile and coming up with tasting notes is not like having the elements line up and present themselves one after another, like some kind of surreal audition or a debutante’s ball... I had been softened by several forty percenters, sampled prior to cracking this one, and was consequently somewhat unprepared for the force with which the TMAH assaulted my beak (it was sharp and deep, and should absolutely be left to stand for a while before nosing). I could barely discern any molasses background at all, in between furiously swirling notes of rye bread, salt biscuits and salt butter. Not much caramel here. But patience, patience – it did get better. After opening up, it smoothened out a good bit and simply became an intense drink rather than a skewering one – and one could gradually tease out thin threads of honey and nougat, and sweeter notes of vanilla, cherries…and a little spicy note of marzipan. That didn’t soften the arrival, of course. It was a little less than medium bodied, this rum – even thin, which I didn’t care for – and it detonated with a hurricane force level of taste, scattering shrapnel of sweet and salt in all directions. Dates and figs came to mind, more crackers, a sharp aged cheddar (but not as creamy). Adding water helped here: almonds, nutmeg and slivers of dried fruit emerged, but slowly, thinly, as if terrified of being bludgeoned to death by the alcohol. “Chewy” would not describe the experience exactly, but it comes close. Appropriately enough for such a full proof glass of high-test, the finish was enormously long, a sarissa of lingering flavours of nutmeg and vanilla and light sharp red fruit (pomegranates?). Cask strength, overproof, full proof or whatever – it was certainly a rum that demanded attention... the encounter as a whole is quite something. And, it must be conceded, occasionally painful. - thelonecaner.com
    1996 Caroni 23 Year Old 'Tasting Gang' Full Proof Blended Trinidad Rum (700ml)
    TRINIDAD
    $599. 00 Bottle
    $7188.00 Dozen
    ABV: 63.5%
    Carribbean rum doesn't come much rarer or more collectable than Caroni. Various bottlers have secured casks over the years and the last remaining stocks are slowly being released. This edition was composed by a team of twenty three European Caroni enthusiasts who met in Cognac - hence the sub title: "Tasting Gang". After sampling 173 barrels, they settled on a blend of 22 casks. All the rums selected were distilled in 1996 and matured on Trinidad before being moved to Guyana where they remained in situ until 2019 losing 85% of the liquid to evaporation. This extraordinary collaborative effort was incrementally released by Luca Gargano of Velier. Based in Genoa, Gargano has a reputation for uncovering the world’s finest (and most obscure) rums. This represents the 38th and second last edition. 5083 bottles are on offer world wide. Australia has received a tiny allocation. Once these are gone, they're gone forever.

    The Caroni Estate Distillery (est. 1918), closed in 2003 and is now sadly, demolished. It was built on the site of an old sugar factory and for a period supplied rums to the British Navy. At the time, there were some eight to ten other sugar factories operating, each producing different types (and qualities) of rums, bought up by merchants and sold to rum shops all over the island.

    Caroni gradually increased the quality of its distilling process, moving on from its original cast iron still to a wooden coffey still, until 1945 when they acquired a copper still which was followed by a single column in 1957 and then a four column Gerb Herman still in 1980. Rums from the estate gained a reputation for being particularly flavoursome.

    1996 Caroni 23 Year Old 'The Last' Full Proof Heavy Trinidad Rum (700ml)
    TRINIDAD
    $650. 00 Bottle
    $7800.00 Dozen
    ABV: 61.9%
    In 2004, professional rum chaser Luca Gargano discovered a warehouse filled with barrels of Caroni's legendary heavy-ester rum. Since then, the last remaining stocks have been slowly released to global markets. This 39th bottling marks the culmination of Gargano's series, and the final Caroni from Velier. Distilled in 1996 and aged in Trinidad until 2008, then at Demerara Distillers Ltd in Guyana until 2019, the end compostion was made up from 24 barrels. 5522 bottles are on offer world wide. Australia has received a tiny allocation. Once these are gone, they're gone forever.

    Established on the site of the sugar factory for which it was named, Caroni was famously a key ingredient of British Navy rations. Its famous 'Heavy' rums help to make up the signature flavour. Sadly, with the decline of the local sugar industry, distillers became more dependent upon imported molasses, making distilling less economical. In 2001 the Trinidadian government sold a 49% share in the holding company to Angostura, then in 2003 Caroni was finally closed forever. 61.9% Alc./Vol.
    • 95
    1996 Caroni Extra Strong 21 Year Old Cask Strength Rum (700ml)
    TRINIDAD
    $350. 00 Bottle
    $4200.00 Dozen
    ABV: 57.18%
    While the Caribbean has a long history of rum, a significant part of this history has been irretrievably lost. Trinidad once boasted more than 50 distilleries. The number dwindled to eight by the 1950s and now only Angostura remains. The decline was mostly due to the demise of the local sugar industry (Trinidad now imports molasses for rum production).
    This increasingly rare bottling represents a small part of that era.

    The Caroni Estate Distillery (est. 1918), closed in 2003 and is now sadly, demolished. It was built on the site of an old sugar factory and for a period supplied rums to the British Navy. At the time, there were some eight to ten other sugar factories operating, each producing different types (and qualities) of rums, bought up by merchants and sold to rum shops all over the island.

    Caroni gradually increased the quality of its distilling process, moving on from its original cast iron still to a wooden coffey still, until 1945 when they acquired a copper still which was followed by a single column in 1957 and then a four column Gerb Herman still in 1980. Rums from the estate gained a reputation for being particularly flavoursome.

    After the 2003 closure, some Caroni casks made their way back to the U.K. We're pleased to be able to offer an allocation of what is unquestionably a true collector's and connoisseur's delight. Once these are gone, they're gone forever. It's also one of the oldest Caroni's to hit our shelves, bottled at natural strength.

    Tasting note: Polished copper. Wafts of alcohol give way to profound aromas of vanilla bean, raw sugar, molasses and sticky date. The massive attack manages to balance all of the above in a slow-motion cascade, the sugars weaving in and out of the encroaching oak in a sustained, bittersweet sensation. Another side of Caroni, demonstrating just how well its rums can age. 57.18% Alc./Vol.
    1998 Compagnie des Indes Trinidad (Caroni) 22 Year Old Cask Strength Rum (700ml)
    TRINIDAD
    $699. 00 Bottle
    $8388.00 Dozen
    ABV: 57.5%
    Carribbean rum doesn't come much rarer or more collectable than Caroni. Various companies have secured casks over the years and the last remaining stocks are slowly being released. This very old expression from French bottler, 'Compagnie des Indes' is a single barrel that yielded 287 bottles at natural strength. 57.5% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.

    The Caroni Estate Distillery (est. 1918), closed in 2003 and is now sadly, demolished. It was built on the site of an old sugar factory and for a period supplied rums to the British Navy. At the time, there were some eight to ten other sugar factories operating, each producing different types (and qualities) of rums, bought up by merchants and sold to rum shops all over the island. Caroni gradually increased the quality of its distilling process, moving on from its original cast iron still to a wooden coffey still, until 1945 when they acquired a copper still which was followed by a single column in 1957 and then a four column Gerb Herman still in 1980. Rums from the estate gained a reputation for being particularly flavoursome.

    • 96
    Compagnie des Indes Trinidad 16 Year Old Cask Strength Rum (700ml)
    $299. 00 Bottle
    $3588.00 Dozen
    ABV: 63.5%
    Tasting note: Sourced from Trinidad Distillers Limited. Here's an arresting rum bouquet; reticent at first, but builds in an astonishing, eye-watering development of feijoa, peach, elderflower and papaya-like aromas. Air time adds hints of plantain, crushed pine buds and rock’n’rye liqueur. Fabulous bitter-sweet attack is intense, resiny and piney with a crisp alcohol bite. Mid palate showcases a Trinidadian bomb: fresh-yet-fruity with peach and feijoa tart, elderflower and estery green grassy notes. Plantain and bitter dark chocolate round off a raw and punchy combination of unadulterated fruit, heat and tropical intensity. Wow! Non chill filtered. 63.5% Alc./Vol.
    • 86
    Diamond Reserve 151 Overproof White Rum (750ml)
    GUYANA
    $120. 00 Bottle
    $1440.00 Dozen
    ABV: 75.5%
    This is the updated label previously referred to as "El Dorado" 151.
    Use with caution and keep away from open flames. It may light up your cocktails, literally. Include in Mai Tais, Rum Runners and punches.

    Tasting note: Crystal clear with a silvery blush. Offers up notes of icing sugar, fairy floss and vanilla bean. A sweet entry is followed by a wild flare of spirit. Repeats the aromas with lip numbing intensity. Prickly mouthfeel, the finish is bittersweet, with more texture than overt flavour. Reserve for the punch bowl or dynamite cocktails. 75.5% Alc./Vol.
    • 94
    East London Liquor Co. Ltd Navy Strength Demerara Rum (700ml)
    London, UNITED KINGDOM
    $135. 00 Bottle
    $1620.00 Dozen
    ABV: 57%
    ELLC haven't actually distilled this rum, instead they sourced it from Guyana and bottled it. Produced from 100% Demerara sugar using the world's only surviving wooden column still (which should give away its provenance), it spent over 3 years in x Bourbon casks.

    Tasting note: Deep polished copper / gold with pale straw edges. Exudes superb aromas of brown sugar, vanilla bean and creamy soda in the initial pass, developing hints of milk chocolate, custard and dates. Medium sweet, then delicately bittersweet, sappy through the middle stage. Finish showcases a sensational burst of sugars in the form of molasses, dark chocolate, caramel and pipe tobacco. Fades nutty, buttery, oily and drying with good staying power. 57% Alc./Vol.
    • Nick's Import
    2002 El Dorado Rare Collection Versailles Cask Strength Demerara Rum (700ml)
    GUYANA
    $350. 00 Bottle
    $4200.00 Dozen
    ABV: 63%
    Rum purists will be pleased to get their hands on a trio of limited edition rums from El Dorado's Rare Collection. Launched in 2016, each one features a rum from one of three renowned Guyanese stills. Demerara distillers actually operate nine different stills, capable of producing a range of rum styles. Of significance are the three heritage Wooden stills in the operation, relocated from their original estates: Enmore, with its wooden continuous Coffey Still. Port Mourant, with its wooden Double Pot Still and Versailles with its wooden single pot still.

    On the surface, the Rare Collection mirrors El Dorado’s 12, 15 and 21 year old rums, though the packaging is more conservative with low key colours and an embossed ship on the shoulder of the bottle. The big difference is that these are all-natural, single still, cask strength, unblended and non-chill filtered rums. They're also limited to 3,000 bottles worldwide.

    The Versailles wooden pot still is the only one of its kind operational in the world. This edition was distilled in 2002 and matured in x Bourbon barrels. Bottled in 2015 at 63% Alc./Vol.
    Extremely limited stocks.

    Other reviews... The newish OB! Entirely aged in Guyana, where they have very greedy angels. The volumes go down fast, while the strengths remain high or even go up. Colour: gold. Nose: it seems that it’s a little simpler than the Mezan, but that’s probably the super-high strength. What I seem to find in the background is a bag of vegetables and herbs, such as capers (which is a flower, isn’t it?), and plenty of wood varnish, with an acetone-y side. Let’s dig deeper… With water: as expected, this is more wood-driven than the Ultra-clean Mezan, with a BTAC side (yup) and plenty of tarmac, tarry wood (restored old boat, teak oil), and just ideas of ‘brand new sneakers’. Mouth (neat): huge. Distilled vin jaune, mint essence, artichoke, concentrated walnut oil… All that is spectacular and, I have to say, wonderful. Huge distillate. With water: very extremely good. Please call the anti-rumporn brigade! Finish: very long, big and yet elegant and ‘well-chiselled’, always with a lot of tar (and other tar-like elements, pitch and such). Droplets of lemon in the aftertaste. Comments: like, I mean love it much more than the Port Mourant in the same series. Ça c’est un alcool, monseigneur, as they would have said at Versailles (the castle).
    90 points. -Serge Valentin, www.whisky-fum.com
    • Nick's Import
    1993 El Dorado Rare Collection Enmore Cask Strength Demerara Rum (700ml)
    GUYANA
    $399. 00 Bottle
    $4788.00 Dozen
    ABV: 56.5%
    Rum purists will be pleased to get their hands on a trio of limited edition rums from El Dorado's Rare Collection. Launched in 2016, each one features a rum from one of three renowned Guyanese stills. Demerara distillers actually operate nine different stills, capable of producing a range of rum styles. Of significance are the three heritage Wooden stills in the operation, relocated from their original estates: Enmore, with its wooden continuous Coffey Still. Port Mourant, with its wooden Double Pot Still and Versailles with its wooden single pot still.

    On the surface, the Rare Collection mirrors El Dorado’s 12, 15 and 21 year old rums, though the packaging is more conservative with low key colours and an embossed ship on the shoulder of the bottle. The big difference is that these are all-natural, single still, cask strength, unblended and non-chill filtered rums. They're also limited to 3,000 bottles worldwide.

    Originally owned by Edward Henry Potter, "EHP" was the mark used to identify rums from a distillery near the Enmore Sugar Factory. When the operation closed in 1993, the production equipment was moved to the Diamond Distillery. This edition was distilled in the original two column wooden continuous Coffey still and aged in x-Bourbon barrels. Bottled 2015. 56.5% Alc./Vol. Extremely limited stocks.

    Other reviews... The problem is that DDL have been too optimistic with their prices, as it seems. I had thought these new OBs would sell like Mars bars in Scotland, but the hefty prices (a disease called scotchitus severis) seem to have discouraged most rum lovers, and the bottles remain available from just everywhere on this planet. After all, they’re afraid of nothing, them who just launched a $500,000 50 yo rum. Now that's Guyanan dollars, and that's a 50 yo look-alike - you know, nasty 'anniversary' bottlings that suggest a 'faked' age and all that, some Scots do it as well. Colour: deep gold. Nose: much gentler, easier, without the phenolic base, and with more ‘average’ rum aromas, such as tropical fruits, papayas, pineapples… It’s really lovely, and at times you’re thinking about rhum agricole from Martinique, but there’s also a little too much sweet oak, in the modern Scotch style. Let’s see… With water: wood spices, unsweetened tea, vanilla… Mouth (neat): a bourbon of rum, clearly. Or a light spirit in some very active American oak. Vanilla, maple syrup, orange liqueur, a touch of ginger liqueur… With water: once again we’re between rum and bourbon. It’s fine, and I do enjoy these notes of artisan maple syrup, it’s just that the Versailles kills it. Finish: medium, sweet, bourbony. Vanilla and pineapples. Comments: don’t get me wrong, it’s excellent rum, but the traditional Demeraraness (excuse me?) is a little absent. A strong light rum. 81 points
    Serge Valentin, www.whisky-fun.com
    • 86
    El Dorado 151 Superior Overproof Rum (750ml)
    GUYANA
    $99. 99 Bottle
    $1199.88 Dozen
    ABV: 75.5%

    The El Dorado distillery has assured supplies of its basic raw material, molasses, from locally-grown sugar-cane. The company makes the full gamut of styles, including this 151 proof rum. Use with caution and keep away from open flames. It may light up your cocktails, literally. Include in Mai Tais, Rum Runners and punches.

    Tasting note: Crystal clear with a silvery blush. Offers up notes of icing sugar, fairy floss and vanilla bean. A sweet entry belies the spiritous explosion, repeating the aromas with lip numbing intensity. At this ultra high ABV there’s a prickly, hot mouthfeel, the finish is bittersweet, more texture than flavour, and fairly short. Add to the punch bowl. 75.5% Alc./Vol.
    • Limit Three per customer
    Foursquare Sovereignty Exceptional Cask Selection 14 Year Old Single Blended Rum (700ml)
    BARBADOS
    $199. 00 Bottle
    $2388.00 Dozen
    ABV: 62%

    For anyone seeking high quality 'malternatives' without breaking the bank, look no further than Barbados's Foursquare Distillery. Three exceptional cask selections are put out annually and word has got around. These now move out in a steady stacatto. We've secured small volumes of "Indeliable" and "Sovereignty". The latter marks the 19th addition to the Exceptional Cask series and is a patriotic tribute to Barbados severing ties with the British crown, removing Elizabeth II as the symbolic head of state and becoming a republic as of November 2021. The liquid itself is a heady mix of two distinct single blended rums: One full-term matured in x-Bourbon barrels and a second double-matured - specifically, three years in x-Bourbon barrels followed by eleven years in x oloroso sherry casks. Reportedly, Sovereignty shows significant layers with Foursquare's typically impeccable balance – citrusy and fruit forward, complexed by oxidative and nutty characteristics, no doubt due to the sherry influence. Bottled at 62%, it is the 'big gun' release for 2021, and as standard, comes without filtration or any additives. Collectable.

    Other reviews... Sovereignty is another fantastic rum. Sherry casks can sometimes be overpowering and muting to me. Not in this case. It’s strong but so well integrated, resulting in a rum that has a lot of depth. I tasted it in Barbados and really liked it. Turns out I still do, even when I’m drinking it in Canada. It might sound somewhat repetitive, but this might be the best sherry/bourbon cask Foursquare rum I’ve had. The only competition for that title are the Master Series 1, a private cask selection that was exceptional and Patrimonio. It's getting busy at the top! You’d do well with any of these. - rumrevelations.com

    Notes from the producers... Initial Impressions:Full flavored and complex. Sovereignty shows significant layers with impeccable balance - citrusy and fruit forward while having complex oxidative and nutty characteristics. Aroma: Notes of grapefruit peel, with dark fruits - cherries & blackberries, followed by dark chocolate, cashews, caramelized pineapple and pipe tobacco. Palate: Bold and complex - citrus & fruit notes; pomegranate, toasted almond, hazelnuts. With hints of toasted baking spices - cinnamon & clove. Finishes dry and lightly tannic with rich caramel, tobacco and over ripe pineapple notes lingering.

Show 48 More