Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum

Having recently sampled seven rums, the Diplomatico Single Vintage 2000 really does stand out by a long shot but I do also like the Matusalem 15 Year Solera Gran Reserva. As much as I like my single malts, I sense that rum is going to be my primary winter tipple which, by the way, goes especially well with good chocolate. A good rum offers what I can only describe as the most comforting of aromas and tastes you are ever likely to come across. For the definitive history of rum check out the very excellent Wayne Curtis on And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in 10 Cocktails.

My recent acquisition Laphroaig An Cuan Mor I found to be rather disappointing — the smokey peatiness so characteristic of Laphroaig has in my view been smothered.