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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 Both rums were originally made up of rum from Trinidad.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.
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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