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Duncan Taylor are a Whisky and Rum bottler from Aberdeen, Scotland. They have been selling their rums in distinctive flask style bottles for a number of years now.
Like another Independent bottler, Mezan they keep a very similar presentation for each rum. With them releasing so many rums, some differing only by a cask number it can make deciding on what to buy quite tricky!
Until recently the only chance of attending a Rum Festival in the UK was at the annual UK Rumfest based in London. In late 2011 Jonathan Rees had a Eureka! moment to create a Rum festival in Cardiff.
From humble beginnings and numerous increasingly sized venues the Cardiff Rum Festival is now in its 5th year. This years event is the most ambitious yet and promises to be the biggest and best to date.
Berrys’ or Berrys’ Bros and Rudd are an Independent bottler. We have featured their offerings on this site on a few occasions already. This is the second Berrys’ St Lucia rum to be reviewed.
They bottle a wide variety of rums from familiar rum producing islands and nations. Ocassionally they dip their toe in less well established islands, such as Fiji. Here we have a rum from an island which is growing its reputation and becoming well respected in the rum world.
HSE or Habitation Saint Etienne are an agricole rhum distiller based on the French speaking island of Martinque.
Habitation Saint Etienne was modelled after “La Maugée”, a sugar refinery covering over 400 hectares from Gros Morne to Saint Joseph in the early 19th century.
In 1909, the property came into the possession of the Simonnet family who developed the distillery activity until its decline at the end of the 1980s. The estate was taken over in 1994 by Yves and José Hayot, who relaunched the Saint-Etienne brand.
The fifth edition of the 1931 series which is now celebrating 84 years of Rum Making on the island of St Lucia. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the UK will see any of this stock as they have struggled to make enough to satisfy demand particularly in US. I’m not going to give this issue anymore time – suffice to say this is the second rum producer in the past few months to have disappointed me by not making their product available in the UK. I’m no longer interested in the reasons or excuses.
Red Bonny Dark Rum a rum which has been on my rader for quite some time. I did expect to pick it up at a bit of discount at some point but that just never materialised.
Costing around £23 for a 70cl bottle with an ABV of 40% this is not a terribly expensive rum. It has surprisingly held a very rigid price online. I fully expected one of the larger supermarkets to stock this rum at some point but this doesn’t look like it is going to happen either!
Penny Blue VSOP is a rum from the island of Mauritius. The Penny Blue brand so far, have been a range or rather batches of “XO” rums. Each slightly different to the next.
They have also released a more expensive Single Cask Penny Blue and have now produced this VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale – a term used mainly in Cognac marketing) rum. Initially the VSOP was only available in Mauritius, it is now available in the UK for £24.
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