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Plantation O.F.T.D is another trip into history from the French producers. Following on from the Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple rum, O.F.T.D. which stands for Old Fashioned Traditional Dark is another attempt at recapturing the rum glories of old.
The rum seems to be a replcacement for the brands older Original Dark Overproof rum. This means that both the Overproof and standard proof Original Dark rum have been given an overhaul. Both rums were originally made up of rum from Trinidad. I personally didn’t care much for either and went as far as suggesting the standard Original Dark was no better than supermarket rum such as Tesco’s Dark Rum – which is also a Trinidad “blend”. As a result neither rum scored particularly highly.
Cacique is a rum brand from Venezuela. Home of Pampero and Santa Teresa. Produced by Destilerias Unidas S.A, (DUSA). The distillery best known for arguably the most recognisable Venezeulan rum brand – Diplomatico. The brand is now owned by industry giant Diageo. Quite what relevance Cacique 500 has I’ve been unable to find out? I guess it might be some kind of anniversary, perhaps.
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.
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