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Peach and pear, with grassy (almost malty!) notes in support. A good kick of brown sugar and black pepper. Well-aged rhum agricole from Martinique's J.Bally, presented in their distinctive pyramid-shaped bottle. We wonder if the reasoning behind the shape is similar to those teabags that are pyramid shaped...?
Color: dark mahogany
Aroma: intense, spicy notes, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Taste: complex aroma with dominating note of wood.
Finish: Long Lasting.
This is a good agricole with 45% alcohol.
A 12 year-old agricole? Sign me up!
I loved the nose. But the rum itself is just too sharp. It holds onto its agricole brine just a bit too much. And despite enjoying this slowly over the course of an hour, and it still didn't fully mellow or open up additional flavors not present at the beginning.
This "Pyramide" is recommended, if you find a good deal for it.
Excellent presentation and of course the pyramid bottle.. Unfortunately the cork snapped clean in half as the wax seal was being gently removed ! Lovely amber colour in the glass , strong alcohol vapours with pears , almonds , grass and a touch of spices and a bit of caramel. Its a rum that smells better than it tastes at present. Left in the glass for ages sipping occasionally hoping for the vapours to dissipate. Sips ok , still strong and not too many flavours appearing.
This is no J.M or Damoiseau unfortunately.. tried with ice , waste of time. Only saving grace was it did get better the nearer I got to the bottom of the glass..
It would be a 6 but I'm so impressed that I think it deserves a 7, because I'm always so severe with Agricole that this one may have changed my mind. The alcohol is strong, it may need some air in the glass. Almond and sweet sugar in the mouth, no burn and not acid at all, it was a pleasant experience. Wouldn't buy a bottle but I would drink it again.
Enjoyed a bottle of J. Bally 12y while vacationing in Martinique. Very nice and unique bottle and label design. Plenty of floral notes followed with grass, pear and oak to your nose and palate. Strong but extremely short burn at the end. Rhum Agricole lovers can easily add 2 points to my score.
The bottle is why this rhum earns a place on my shelf. The nose and the taste is alright, but no more. It’s quite sharp but there is nothing else that’s special.
Picture: My Martinique shelf (excl. Rhum J.M)
une très belle version du " classique des caraïbes".
Racé mais doux, boisé mais pas Parkerisé. Canelle, épices, cane.
Je ne connais pas très bien le reste de la collection, mais celui-ci est un must have.
Rhum J. Bally
Rhum Vieux Agricole Martinique
12 Ans d'Age
Whoom ... this one smells intensive and tasty with a spicy aroma and sandalwood at first nosing.
Then there are notes of toffee and caramel, oranges, prunes and plum butter. It is slightly herbal as well.
After some time the aroma has changed and is dominated by notes of tobacco, smoke and ashes.
Hot and spicy at first mouthfeel, dominated by notes of cardamon and black pepper.
Tastes like toffee and caramel, sandalwood, tobacco and licorice with a dash of orange juice.
Long, spicy and dry on notes of black pepper and licorice. Slightly herbal and bitter.
I am partial to french style rhums, but even so, this is definitely one of the better I've tried. Added proof give it a strong taste profile, with herbal and buttery tones dominating, as in all agricoles. Excellent stuff!
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