Oct 23
TDL 31 yo 1991 Black Bart (62,7%, Distilia The Golden Age of Piracy 2023, cask #R2455, 205 btl.)

85 points for TDL 1991 31yo Black Bart from WhiskyNotes.be


WhiskyNotes rated our rum TDL 1991 31 yo 62,7% Black Bart from The Golden Age of Piracy at 85/100 points.

Our TDL has once again caught the attention of rum enthusiasts, leading WhiskyNotes to evaluate it alongside six other rums. How was our bottled TDL rum evaluated?



slightly sharp, on herbal oil, hints of eucalyptus and rosemary. Citrus notes – first lemons, later oranges. Then a hint of green olives, some wood varnish and a little sunflower oil. Leather. Not very expressive. Water makes it rounder and brings out a floral touch.

TDL 31 yo 1991 Black Bart - 62,7% - Distilia. The Golden Age of Piracy 2023, cask #R2455, 205 btl.


still a lot of varnished notes, although there is nice vanilla and a little fruit syrup to round it off. Liquorice, pepper, orange peels and hints of leather. Some freshly sawn oak too, bringing it close to the linearity of grain whisky at times. Getting creamy later on, but overall still pretty narrow.


long, with oaky notes, leather and faint sugary notes, but also a lightly bitter herbal note.

In summary, the WhiskyNotes taster expected more fireworks from such an old one when evaluating TDL. Unexpectedly, he was surprised by the strong, woody character of TDL, which he had struggled with before; and our rum TDL 31 yo 1991 Black Bart served as a reminder of that.

If anything the simplicity sets this TDL apart. It certainly has nice elements but I expected more fireworks from such an old one. I’ve had issues with TDL’s firm woody footprint, and this one reminds me of that. Available from Distilia.

Score: 85/100

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