Emily Says . . . . ‘John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum’

In her fourth feature under ‘Emily Says . . .’, the voice to the Manchester bar scene in Emily Puckering looks at the Barbadian classic from John D. Taylor; Coming from a bartenders experience, rum is one of the most frequently ordered drinks, whether drinking it neat, with a mixer, or as many find themselvesContinue reading “Emily Says . . . . ‘John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum’”


“Many are the ships wrecked due to Neptune’s wrath. Drink to his better nature and pray that his storms are stilled”. I do love a good marketing slogan! They capture the brand in one or two sentences, and with the above coming from Neptune rum, you don’t half expect something to blow you away! WithContinue reading “Neptune”


18 rums together. A hard task for many a rum lover, but spare a thought for Alfred Lamb, wine connoisseur and entrepreneur, who blended 18 back in 1849 to create the staple that we know call Lamb’s. It might sound like a simple story, but some of the best and well-known names are simple, andContinue reading “Lamb’s”

Taylor’s Velvet Falernum Tasting Notes

Falernum is essentially a sweet syrup used in various tropical drinks (think Zombies and Swizzles).  One of the more well-known brands used in the bartending arena is Taylor’s Velvet Falernum. First created by John D Taylor of Bridgetown, Barbados in 1890, the liqueur is made with a combination of sugar cane, lime, almond and cloves.Continue reading “Taylor’s Velvet Falernum Tasting Notes”

Mount Gay

Every great story begins with a time and a place. One such story involves a brand that is familiar to most, Mount Gay. Created on the Caribbean island of Barbados, the land that back in 1703 called rum ‘kill-devil’, a gentleman named Sir John Gay, a respected leader and businessman who worked tirelessly in service on theContinue reading “Mount Gay”

Cockspur Rum Tasting Notes

If you look into a brand you expect to see the usual kind of story. A process of distillation is involved which to put simply means separates the good stuff from the bad stuff. Does it ever cross your mind though to think who started all this? Especially when it comes to the distillation ofContinue reading “Cockspur Rum Tasting Notes”

Virgin Gorda Tasting Notes

What do you think of if I said the word blended? Whisky maybe? How about rum? You might ponder at this one, rum production isn’t as widely known compared to whisky so you could easily say yes to this without realising. Virgin Gorda is one of the first mainstream rums to be blended from three differentContinue reading “Virgin Gorda Tasting Notes”