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Posted about 4 years ago by TommyVinegar from Belgium with 46 ratings

Mezan calls itself "The Untouched Rum" which means no added sugar, no added colouring (like caramel) and only a light filtering. The Jamaican XO is the only rum that's currently permanently in their portfolio (others are single years vintages). It's a blend of selected casks from different Jamaican distilleries aged between 4 and 23 years and reaged after blending until deemed ready for bottling. Mezan do not put an age statement on their rums and rightly so. It's about creating a consistent flavor profile year in year out, in order to achieve this the actual age fluctuates. I wish more rums would abandon age statements, seeing as they are often misleading and little more than a marketing thing. Taste is what matters, not numbers. And this is tasty! Smelly too. Lots of overripe banana, as can be expected from a Jamaican pot still rum. Some caramel scent too, giving the impression of bannofee pie. Taste is less sweet than expected based on the aroma. Very light body, very smooth, no burn. Quite a lot of oak, you can taste this has some age. Finish is quite dry and medium long. All in all I'd have preferred a slightly fuller body and some bolder flavours, but this is a very pleasant effort nonetheless by an sympathetic brand.

Posted over 3 years ago by Loldelagohelle from France with 157 ratings

Ce rhum est tres bien maitrise il est tres precis en gout.apres des premieres notes de reglisse et de fume il retrouve de la douceur et une note legerement ducree en fin de bouche.tres bien fait.note 8.5.j ai hesite pour mettre un 9 que je garde pour mes tops 10.mzis certains y mettront des 10 car fameux.....

Posted over 4 years ago by Zipper from United States with 3 ratings

Lots of ripe banana and just a hint of grassyness. Smells like maybe overripe pineapple or banana skin. No added color, no Carmel, more rums need to be honest about the real color from aging and added color.

Posted about 2 years ago by Steven Richardson from United Kingdom with 124 ratings

One of those rums that seems more like a whisky to me.

Posted about 2 years ago by Robert Ferron from United Kingdom with 166 ratings

I find this more like a fine brandy than a rum it's fruity, floral and fresh. It's mezans way of untouched rum you can see that on the colour it's pale strawish with a grassy fresh aroma. But it mixes well with fruit juice rather than cola

Posted about 2 years ago by Samurdavidov from Latvia with 60 ratings

Цена, 01.04.2018 , приобрёл его за 35 евро
Люблю подобный дизайн бутылок - не слишком высокие, но раздутые, толстые. Сам дизайн достаточно прост, и тем самым и привлёк моё внимание.
Сразу обратил внимание на пробку, она винтовая. Не слишком часто встретишь пробки с винтовые пробки уже в этой ценовой категории. Но взглянув ещё раз на общий образ бутылки и дизайна, соглашусь, что «винт» в данном случае даже более уместен.
Первое - аромат. Напиток кажется очень ароматным по запаху и в уже предвкушаю его фруктовый вкус.
Наливаем в бокал. Напиток достаточно светлый. Я бы сказал цвета светлого вина, по типу рислинг. Запах все ещё такой же хороший, очень приятный. Чувствуется сладость и фруктовый букет.
Пробуем. Данный ром действительно очень ароматный, он определенно выделяется на фоне многих других. Достаточно сладкий, но в меру. Как по мне, то сладости ровно столько сколько нужно в нем. Но по долгу держа во рту - мне уже было не приятно. После нескольких последующих глотков пришёл к выводу, что намного приятней его сразу проглатывать, не задерживая во рту.
Послевкусие очень двоякое: именно из за него я и поставил, казалось бы столь низкую оценку данному напитку. Есть ароматное послевкусие, которое ещё долго прибывает. И как мне кажется, преимущественно это не цитрус, а скорее банан, ананас. С другой стороны есть что-то не очень приятное, что остаётся в послевкусии. То же ощущение если задержать во рту напиток, не глатая сразу.
Опробовав несколько бокалов данного напитка, пришёл к мнению, что мне не доставляет большого удовольствия его пить. Толи в спиртовых испарениях дело, хотя на запах напиток очень приятен, толи ещё в чем...
Нужно попробовать его в сочетании с сигарой.

Posted over 2 years ago by Martin Kennedy from Australia with 194 ratings

I try and alternate between sweet , spiced and real rum. This is real rum , light in colour , no sugar or other additives.
Not as funky on the nose as I expected , left in the glass for 10 minutes , I found banana , pineapple plus a bit of vanilla. Quite dry , lots of esters in the taste , a bit of a burn but in a nice way.. Even better with an ice cube..
Excellent rum and coke with a slice of lime.. just not too much mixer as it kills the taste. If you factor in price ( Marks & Sparks) this is great value as well as taste.
Not available here in Aussie so will have to try and make the bottle last ! Oh and no headache the next morning , very important !!

Posted over 2 years ago by TomasM from Czech Republic with 63 ratings

Real rum, no sugar, no coloring. Nice smell of original spirit with a lot of esters, just touch of the wood barrels. It's all about the spirit, this shows how the proper rum should taste.

Posted about 4 years ago by mistercoughy from United States with 239 ratings

This is an elegant masterpiece, smooth yet full of overripe fruit, pot still funk, freshly sawed sandalwood and a touch of allspice. Not nearly as intense as more traditional Jamaicans (Hamilton, Smith & Cross, Wray & Nephew), this is a more nuanced and refined rum which deserves to be enjoyed neat. It's wonderful.

Posted 2 days ago by rfnovo from United States with 3 ratings

This is a good rum, specially for the price, but it has a particular aftertaste that might not be enjoyable for everyone

Posted 17 days ago by Declan from United States with 2 ratings

This rum is pretty good but not an every day supper for me. I definitely have to be in the mood for this one. It has a strong nose of banana, nuttiness, floral, and a slight hint of vanilla. On the palate I taste banana, leather, a good hit of petrol/rubbery taste, and sweet floral notes. A sophisticated rum drinker may like this but a traditional whiskey drinker would not. Overall a good funky rum for when you are in the mood for something different.

Posted 3 months ago by kheiligh (PREMIUM) from United States with 30 ratings

this is a nice introduction to Jamaican rums... had a taste at false idol, and it has the usual banana, spice and tobacco, but not as strong as younger ones, like doctor bird. it's more approachable for sure.

Posted 4 months ago by JeffBuck from United States with 80 ratings

This is a nice bottle of lower proof, slightly hogo, unadulterated, Jamaican rum. I'd put the funk above any Appleton product but below or around some of the Plantation.

Good solid Jamaican flavor for sure.

Posted 4 months ago by Simon_W from Switzerland with 8 ratings

Typical fruity Wedderburn style aroma, altered through long years of tropical aging. Nice and fruity, but you taste the aging, it's not like bold unaged funky Jamaican rum, it does have that certain extra that makes it more pastry-like, deep and complex. I must say it reminded me a lot of the Plantation Jamaica Vintage 2005 13 yo. rum. The flavour and aroma are very similar. Hence I'm rather surprised about the difference in their ratings on this site! Apparently the Plantation rum does have some added sugar, while this Mezan doesn't. But in the big scheme of things this is a small detail. It wasn't a striking difference to me. To me this great rum is the perfect choice for the Tiki cocktail classics Test Pilot and (with the addition of a nutty Spanish style Sherry cask aged rum) the Mai Tai.

EDIT: IIRC the Plantation 2005 Jamaican is even somewhat more intense in the nose.

Posted 4 months ago by Swisslet from United Kingdom with 15 ratings

This is very pale and initially the lack of sweetness brings the alcohol to the fore. But actually, on the palate, a more subtle fruitiness comes out, leaving an intriguing, lingering aftertaste. It doesn’t taste rich and deep, but it is light and has a fine top note.

Posted 5 months ago by PierreM from France with 14 ratings

Premier nez surprenant de poire, puis, on découvre un Rhum de mélasse très sec. Avec des notes de whisky, dues à la finition en fûts de bourbons. Pas mon style, j'avoue. D'où la note, malgré un rhum bien fait.

First note with pears, surprising. After : a dry taste, like a whisky, due to the bourbon cask finish I think. Not my personal taste, that's why only 6. But a good rhum for those who are looking for a non syrup rhum without added sugar.

Posted 6 months ago by martin jeppesen from Denmark with 229 ratings

A very lightly colored Jamaican. The nose is nice and inviting with lightly fermented notes of pineapple, prunes, banana peel and soaked raisins, but also a vinous character with spicy hints of cloves and nutmeg.
The taste has less sweet elements then I would have geussed from the nose but it’s still what i would describe as a well tempererede Jamaican with notes of walnuts, apple wax, leather and milds spices in the drying finish. I’m a little surprised at the delicacy of this rum, given it’s Jamaican. But that’s not a bad thing I geuss, unless your looking for an explosive ester adventure.

Posted 6 months ago by raypoignie1 from United Kingdom with 2 ratings

Delicious taste, not over sweet with a long drying finish.

Posted 7 months ago by TY from Austria with 30 ratings

Sehr weich, rund, feine würze, leichter Abgang, Alkohol gut eingebettet.

Posted 7 months ago by rkralik89 from Austria with 21 ratings

Cooler Geschmack, schöne helle Farbe, etwas zu viel Schärfe, aber fruchtig.

Posted 7 months ago by Thomas Breuning from Denmark with 185 ratings

Meget lys i farven. Overdreven duft af fermenteret frugt, blandt andet banan. Man får lyst til at holde sig for næsen og frygter det er en ny White overproof. Smagen er heldigvis bedre. Utrolig tør, som desværre tager fokus. Eftersmagen er peber og måske en anelse banan. Tørheden ødelægger desværre oplevelsen, men den er heldigvis bedre end duften lægger op til. (6. December 2018 i MacY)

Posted 8 months ago by 69nl43 from France with 14 ratings

Trop léger. Peu concentré. Pas mauvais mais un peu cher. 40€.

Posted 10 months ago by AntonioNunez from United States with 10 ratings

This is a rum that any tequila or mezcal drinker will love. Peppery, pungent, citrusy, unsweetened, very light color. Fun!

Posted 12 months ago by kmpiast from Poland with 41 ratings

I was very suprised with this one. Very nice pure exotic taste, that colour ect.
Light yet rough, very suprising.
Truly one of a kind rum that someday probably I will drink it again with pleasure. Pitty that is hard to buy in Poland.

Final verdict:
Will I buy it someday? Probably, why not.