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Mount Gay established in 1703 report that they are the oldest rum brand in existence. Which is arguable. What cannot be argued is that they are one of the top producers of authentic rum in the Caribbean.
Alongside Eclipse – Mount Gay Extra Old (Mount Gay XO or even MGXO) is their most recognised and most respected rum. A blend of Pot and Column molasses it is seen as a benchmark in the birth of true sipping rums.
Up for review is a Port Morant rum from the Diamond Distillery by Bristol Classic Rum.
Bristol Classic Rum have over the years released a number of editions of Port Mo(u)rant rums. All releases seemed to stem from a stock of rum dating from 1990 and 1999.
To date I have reviewed a number of Bristol’s rums and those have included two Port Mo(u)rants from the 1990 stock. To even things up I have also acquired some of the 1999 stock.
Kill Devil are and ever increasing range of Independently bottled rums from Whisky bottler Hunter Laing. Unsurprisingly perhaps Whisky based online retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt have been stocking their rums from the outset.
As a curious rum consumer and a lover of Independent bottlers I’ve found myself with a good few bottles and samples.
The El Dorado Rare Collection will likely need little introduction. This is a rum from the Enmore EHP (Edward Henry Porter – original owner of what was the Enmore Estate) Wooden Coffey Still.
Which is one the most heralded stills in DDL’s portfolio. It is capable of producing a number of different marques of rum from light to heavy and is featured regularly in both El Dorado’s and other independently produced blends.
The first collaboration between Velier and Foursquare Distillery, Barbados. This will certainly not be the last. With Velier no longer issuing their acclaimed aged Demerara rums from DDL, Luca Gargano has began sourcing rum from other distilleries to release under the Velier banner.
Don Q Signature Release for 2016 is a Single Barrel rum from 2005. Don Q are amongst a number of producers who are making noises about “no addtives” in their rum. They freely invite you to test their wares as they know they have not added anything.
Despite this I still notice a lot of scepticism in the rum community concerning Don Q rums. Much of this based on the fact they produce multi column distilled rums. All I will say to those sceptical about their rums is try one, especially their Anejo or Gran Anejo.
A Solera aged Demerara rum from Italian Independent bottler Rum Nation. Sounds intriguing This is a release from back in 2012 – they have released subsequent vintages in later years.
Rum Nation buy bulk blends of Demerara rum aged for approximately 5 years. This bulk rum is from the Port Morant and Versailles Wooden Pot Stills at Demerara Distillers Limited in Guyana.
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