Compagnie des Indes (French East India Company) are a relative newcomer to the Independent bottling scene. They have however, released a frightening amount of rums over the past 2 years. The brainchild of Florent Beuchet who has a long history in the Drinks Industry having been the brand manager for Banks Rum and also helping his father run a small absinthe distillery in his native France.
A Demerara rum from Whiskybroker. Whisky Broker seem to be a company that goes down the Ronseal route of promotion by doing “Exactly what it says on the tin”. So apologies for the slightly long title for this particular review. They have declined to give their first rum bottling a snappier title.
Smooth Ambler Revelation Rum hails from Greenbrier Country, West Virginia via Jamaica. Smooth Ambler Spirits both distill and independently bottle older spirits when they see a suitable opportunity.
Revelation Rum is an example of when an older rare spirit or spirits have become available. They are most famous for their range of Old Scout whiskies. This is the first rum they have bottled.
Barceló are on of the big three named rum producers of the Dominican Republic. I say named because Oliver & Oliver another big Dominican rum player produce a variety of rums under various different guises.
In 1929 Spaniard Julián Barceló arrived in Santo Domingo and founded Barceló & Co. In 1974, Don Julián Barceló handed over the reins to his nephew Miguel Barceló and in 1980 Ron Barceló Imperial was born.
In a world dominated by click bait “lists” we will keep things very simple. Each year we will award ONE rum as our Rum of the Year.
The rum which will be crowned as Rum of the Year must have been released that year. It also must be commercially available to the average rum consumer. Any rums which were available prior to 2016 are ineligible. Likewise any bottlings that were extremely limited or are unavailable as of today are also out.
Doorly’s is an historic Bajan rum brand now owned by Foursquare Distilery. It was the first branded rum to be exported from the island of Barbados. Bulk rum was exported in casks long before Doorly’s,
The Doorly’s brand has been in existence since 1908. This however, is a new expression.