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June 20, 2013


Three newish rhums agricoles from Martinique

Because we have a tropical climate over Alsace at time of writing. Remember rhum agricole is distilled from pure cane juice instead of molasses, which are used most of the time anywhere else and even on the French islands (then it's called rhum traditionnel). And no I’m still no rum connoisseur…

Depaz 'Rhum Vieux' (45%, OB, agricole, Martinique, +/-2013)

Depaz 'Rhum Vieux' (45%, OB, agricole, Martinique, +/-2013) Two stars and a half Vieux means quite young as far as rhums are concerned. Just like 'old' in Scotland ;-). Colour: gold. Nose: gentle and rather fragrant, without being too extravagant. However, the notes of fresh bananas are very vivid and come together with a little coconut (but not too much), raisins, a little chocolate and touches of vanilla fudge. The notes of sugar cane stand out as well, it’s all rather complex for an entry-level golden rhum. Not just for mixing, it seems… Mouth: good attack, not too sweet and not too ‘dirty-ish’ like cheap rhums can be. So no excessive honeyness, rather some fudge again, bananas, pineapples and coconuts, with just the faintest notes of burnt wood. Easy but not cloying. Finish: a little short but balanced, fruity, with a little more honeydew this time. The bananas are back in the aftertaste, including their skins. Comments: surprisingly sippable while I had thought this baby would be for cocktails only. SGP:650 - around 78 points.

Bally 2000 (43%, OB, agricole, Martinique, +/-2013)

Bally 2000 (43%, OB, agricole, Martinique, +/-2013) Two stars and a halfColour: full gold. Nose: very different from the Depaz despite the obvious similarities (sugar cane, bananas…) In fact it’s both the flowery and the spicy sides that are much bigger, there’s a lot of ginger, nutmeg and cloves in there. Also bags and bags of caraway seeds, all that is quite spectacular and unusual. More tinned pineapples after a few minutes, as well as roses and litchis. Something of gewürztraminer? Mouth: indeed it’s fruitier and sweeter than the Depaz, a bit more ha-ha ha-ha (sexy!) but also maybe a little more commercial, whatever that means. Litchis, bananas, pineapples and rather less spices than in the nose. Sweet and kind of lush. Finish: medium, fruity, a little more ‘stewed’. Comments: same vgood quality as the Depaz but the styles are very different. SGP:740 - around 78 points.

Neisson 2005/2012 (45.8%, OB for Velier and La Maison du Whisky, agricole, Martinique)

Neisson 2005/2012 (45.8%, OB for Velier and La Maison du Whisky, agricole, Martinique) Three stars We’re having the Neisson after the Bally despite it’s younger age because the ABV is higher, and because it’s a single cask. Colour: full gold. Nose: this one is warmer, grassier, kind of hotter, much more on coffee and bitter chocolate, as well as tar, black olives and liquorice rolls. All black! Some parts hint more at the Demeraras, and even at aged tequila. It’s the most complex and the most singular of them all. Mouth: bigger and rougher than the others, certainly more complex as well, with eau-de-vies, spices and woods. Sandalwood, liquorice, honeydew, two or three drops of cough syrup, then more icing sugar and even hints of kiwis that make it lighter after a while, even zesty. Other than that, we have the expected bananas, coconut and pineapple. Finish: quite long, fruitier. The fact that the fresh fruits win in the end proves that it’s still young spirit in my experience. Comments: indeed, it’s maybe a tad young and rough but it’s more complex than the previous ones, more racy in a way. SGP:551 - around 82 points.

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