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vomi1011

Posted 4 Jan '21 from Germany with 280 ratings

Several bloggers have already chosen the best rums of 2020.
I like their selection and would also like to know your rum highlights of 2020.
My personal one was the Black Tot 50 and it blew me away.
TOP 3 - Alexandru Marius:
https://www.rumcask.com/the-rum-barrel-alexandru-marius-sandu-2/?fbclid=IwAR3YtPRoOkpoSFlfz6qZ0A5ecpaQ3d4F6YZJPdOqO6sQ3Vl_OrfRYpulFdo
S.B.S Australia 2007
Black Tot 50
Chairman’s Reserve Master’s Selection The UK Rum Club

Marius:
https://singlecaskrum.com/2020/12/31/not-a-rum-of-the-year-list-2020/
1. Rum Artesanal Enmore (Versailles) “REV” 1994 25YO (51,4%) – 94/100
2. The Rum Cask Hampden 1990 30YO (55,6%) – 94/100
3. Silver Seal Uitvlugt (Port Mourant) 1989 30YO (55,8%) – 93/100
4. Velier Hampden 2010 9YO “<>H” -LMDW- 9YO (69,2%) – 92/100
5. Monymusk “Guiseppe Begnoni” 1997 22YO “EMB” (67,9%) – 92/100
6. Rum Artesanal New Yarmouth 2009 10YO (66,9%) – 91/100
7. Corman Collins J.Bally 2000 18YO (56,8%) – 91/100
8. Savanna Grand Arôme 2005 13YO (56,4%) – 91/100
9. Flensburg Rum Company Enmore (Versailles) 1992 27YO (59,8%) – 91/100
10. Kill Devil Bellevue 1998 20YO (58,8%) – 91/100

TheFatRumPirate:
https://thefatrumpirate.com/rum-of-the-year-2020-winner
1.Black Tot 50th Anniversary Rum
2. Worthy Park Single Estate Aged 12 Years
3. Foursquare Rum Distillery Détente
4. Damoiseau Rhum Vieux Millesime 1995
5. Hampden Great House Distillery Edition

Flo:
https://barrel-aged-thoughts.blogspot.com/2020/12/barrel-aged-thoughts-2020-top-10-rums_20.html
1: Silver Seal "Rockley Style" Barbados Rum 33 YO W.I.R.D. 1986
2: Rum Artesanal REV Demerara Rum 25 YO Enmore 1994
3: Rum Artesanal Jamaica Rum 25 YO New Yarmouth 1994
4: Silver Seal PM Demerara Rum 30 YO Uitvlugt 1989
5: Velier Heavy Trinidad Rum 19 YO Caroni 2000 (Employee "Dicky")
6: Velier Heavy Trinidad Rum 19 YO Caroni 2000 (Employee "Nitz")
7: The Rum Cask C<>H Jamaica Rum 30 YO Hampden 1990 (BAT-Abfüllung)
8: Velier Heavy Trinidad Rum 21 YO Caroni 1998 (Employee "Buju")
9: Flensburg Rum Company KFM Demerara Rum 29 YO Enmore 1991
10: Habitation Velier C<>H Jamaica Rum 10 YO Hampden 2010

Ivar de Laat
https://www.rumrevelations.com/post/top-rum-revelations-of-2020
1. Holmes Cay Belize 2005
2. The one and only: Velier Hampden HLCF/DOK 2010
3. Hamilton St Lucia 2005 - 9 year Cask Strength
4. Foursquare 2008
5. Appleton Hearts Collection

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The Rum Barrel

From United Kingdom with 0 ratings Replied 4 Jan '21

Surprised to see my feature on the RumCask site already shared. Black Tot 50 is definitely up there!

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VikingXO

From Denmark with 127 ratings Replied 4 Jan '21

@vomi1011
I agree with you with Black Tot 50. It is so good that I had to buy an extra bottle of it.

If we can nominate a best buy rum I would say Hampden estate 8y. I am still surprised how much you get for the price for 67 Euro (In Denmark)

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Earl Elliott

From Canada with 201 ratings Replied 4 Jan '21

I will have to go with the Zafra 30. I would like to get a sip of the Black Tot 50, but I don't think that will happen as I have never seen it available anywhere in North America.

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Stefan Persson (PREMIUM)

From Sweden with 198 ratings Replied 4 Jan '21

This is the best rum I have tried for the first time in 2020.
I choose to report the best ones in a few different categories.
Latin style: Cubaney Centenario 25-30-year.
Bajan style: Mount Gay 1703 Master Select.
Jamaican style: Hampden Estate Pure Single Jamaican Rum Overproof.
Aged Agricole: Saint James l'Essentiel.
Molasses based white rum: Wray & Nephew Overproof.
Agricole white rhum: Montebello Blanc 50%.

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Alaska Joe

From United States with 38 ratings Replied 5 Jan '21

Mr. Elliot, Black Tot 50 th anniversary Rum is available in North America, Try Bitters and Bottles. Actually I think they have 3 different Black Tot rums available.. They are in California but I’m not sure on their shipping policy. I’ve seen it on the East Coast as well, can’t remember exactly which store, try wine searchers.... sometimes they’ll help you find those hidden gems. Best of luck! AJ

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Kieron wood (PREMIUM)

From United Kingdom with 456 ratings Replied 5 Jan '21

Top 5 Rum of the year for me ..so tough just choosing 5 ...

5.Doorleys 14
4.Hampden 8
3.Damo 2009
2.UKRC chairman's
1.SBS Cuba 2012

Most exciting new find for me is the Ninefold distillery ....

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vomi1011

From Germany with 280 ratings Replied 5 Jan '21

Is the Hampden Estate 7 different from the Estate 8?
It was a very good Hampden year and we saw a lot of great rums.
Therefore, I can't choose the Hampden 8 as my top rum. Great House would be my top rum in the low ester area. I'm also going to do a crosstasting with Mden 1997 and TRC 1990. One of them would be my personal top rum I think.

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The Rum Barrel

From United Kingdom with 0 ratings Replied 5 Jan '21

The Hampden Estate 8 is a new formula and it contains just the OWH marque. I never tasted it, but judging by the marque it will be less funky that the previous blend.

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vomi1011

From Germany with 280 ratings Replied 5 Jan '21

The 7y is a OWH, LROK and DOK blend.
But I still missed the fruity component. It's not as present as I expected.
I should do a crosstasting with the Great House (OWH and <>H blend, 8:2).
Pure OWH would be less fruity I think.

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The Rum Barrel

From United Kingdom with 0 ratings Replied 5 Jan '21

Great House was less intense, more balance of funk, fruit and spice than the 7y.

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martin jeppesen

From Denmark with 246 ratings Replied 5 Jan '21

My 2020 high light’s... not easy, but could be.
- velier Tiger shark (didn’t open my black tot 50 yet, so lets see)
- Hampden estate 8
- CDI Jamaica 5 (fine blend at great value)
just at the end of the year I had one of the all time greatest rum expiriences, but it’s not exactly a 2020 release or new in any way, but I will add it to the list anyway.
- Damoiseau 1980 Full Proof. Holy hell, what a rum.

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vomi1011

From Germany with 280 ratings Replied 5 Jan '21

Tiger Shark is one of my top three navy rums. It's an exceptionally good blend.
Black tot 50 and Pussers 50 are the other two.
Never had the 1980 Damoiseau, but 1995 was also on the list of thefatrumpirate. It was exceptionally good.
I must seriously try the 8y Hampden. It appears in every post. 😄

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VikingXO

From Denmark with 127 ratings Replied 7 Jan '21

@vomi1011 @martin Jeppesen, I like your taste in rums. Tiger Shark is one of my all time favorit. However in few days I will get a Ping 9 sample (35y 1977 Long Pond). I can already say this will be my best in 2021 and perhaps an all time favorit together with Kill Devil Hampden 35y.

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Stefan Persson (PREMIUM)

From Sweden with 198 ratings Replied 8 Jan '21

Martin,
I really envy you that you have had the opportunity to taste the Damoiseau 1980 Full Proof cause I just love the Damoiseau 1986 15yo which I still have
1 1/2 bottle of.
As you and I seems to have quite alike taste it seems like I have to get a Tiger Shark too.

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vomi1011

From Germany with 280 ratings Replied 8 Jan '21

@VikingXO
1977 Long Pond will be woody and concentrated I think. Great stuff, looking forward to your review.
https://leblogaroger.eu/index.php/2018/03/09/long-pond-1977/
My oldest Long Ponds were 24y old from Plantation. They were great, but I'm still a big fan of Velier LP TECA.
I'm going to do a cross tasting with ElD Albion, Skeldon, Enmore 1996 and the Demerara 1996 SVW.
Will be also a new experience for me.
@Stefan
Would love to do a cross tasting with Damoiseau 1980, 1986 and 1989.
1980 should be exceptionally good.
This juice is now weighed in gold and is just as difficult to get as the Velier bottlings

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martin jeppesen

From Denmark with 246 ratings Replied 8 Jan '21

vomi1011 I’m also considering getting the damoiseau 95 after tasting the 80, but I still have an unopend 89 that should be very good as well. Have any of you compared the 95 vs the 89, and in that cause, which did you prefer?

VikingXO I was looking at the ping 9 sample sale, but didn’t get it. A rum of legend. looking forward to your review.

Stefan I think there’s a fair chance you will love the Tiger shark:-) not a bad rum.

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VikingXO

From Denmark with 127 ratings Replied 8 Jan '21

Vomi1011 I have just added my review of the Ping 9 1977. It is truly what I expected. Explosion of flavors. No doubt in my top 3 of my all time favorit. Does it beat the Kill Devil 35y Hampden. I would say no, but they are close. Hampden just got that funky you can’t describe that is so fantastic. But it was truly a rare rum experience. How sad it was only 3 cl.

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vomi1011

From Germany with 280 ratings Replied 8 Jan '21

Sounds great, a fruity and spicy juice. I would not choose a winner between these two.
They represent their own distillery and the 1977 LP is for sure not a high ester rum.
Apricot aroma is sometimes in LP rums. Also the Plantation Extreme 24y has these apricot flavours (moldy wood). I think I can imagine how this one could taste like.
So, your next one is the 35y Monymusk? 😄
https://www.whiskytempel.de/shop/monymusk-1984-35y-tropical-velier-mmw-rum-69-0-7l.html

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vomi1011

From Germany with 280 ratings Replied 8 Jan '21

@Martin
Unfortunately no, I could only find the 89 for over € 300. That was too much for me and I bought three 95s.
https://singlecaskrum.com/2017/11/13/three-damoiseaus/
They could be on the same level.

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martin jeppesen

From Denmark with 246 ratings Replied 9 Jan '21

@vomi1011
Thanks for the link, interesting read. The article linked me to a review of the 1980 from the Lone caner. Didn’t read this before, but seems he had a pretty good time with that rum as well. As he also mention in his review, it’s insane how integrated the high alcohol content is. It’s a pure, compact flavour bomb. If you ever see a sample of this, grab it!

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Alaska Joe

From United States with 38 ratings Replied 9 Jan '21

There are two different bottling of the 1980 Damoiseau.... Any idea of the differences between the two?

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vomi1011

From Germany with 280 ratings Replied 9 Jan '21

Different childs from the same mother.
Velier as always better that the distillery bottling.
https://durhum.com/damoiseau-1980/

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Alaska Joe

From United States with 38 ratings Replied 9 Jan '21

My French isn’t that good, but I will work out the exact translation . I have the distillers bottle, haven’t seem Velier bottle for sale ever. Saving what I got for a very special occasion. Thanks for your help.

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vomi1011

From Germany with 280 ratings Replied 9 Jan '21

https://www.whisky.fr/en/damoiseau-1980-full-proof-4195.html
Is also sometimes in rum auctions.

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