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Recommendable to most
Visited the La Mauny distillery while in Martinique. Easily the best distillery tour which ended with a full open bar. La Mauny XO was priced at EUR 63 at the distillery. Pretty nice packaging, bottle and label design. Bright golden color. Traditional super dry Rhum Agricole flavors and plenty of citrus over powered by very strong oak. A lot of burn at the end. Rhum Agricole lovers can easily add 2 points to my score.
This is a mild and balanced rhum agricole which is especially noticable as it has its origin in Martinique. The typical grassy notes are clearly present but not too dominant nor too heavy. Notes of wood, oak, vanilla and tropical fruits add to the aroma profile. Nice finish that continues the aroma profile of the palate. Clearly a very pleasant rhum that might be especially interesting for newcomers to the world of rhums agricole.
It’s quite sharp in nose initially after warmed up. After that the fruitiness and vanilla takes over in nose palate and afterburn. The latter is then quite long and the vanilla is even more significant.
As a summary I would say it’s an quite elegant and pleasant Agricole which should be a concurrent to J.M. XO as a perfect start in the Agricole world.
My opened bottle & My La Mauny shelf.
The nose gets fruits, especially lemon. On the tongue, it gets a little rough and smokey. Oak? It reminds me of some whiskies I've had. I like that in a rum, though. The finishing is still some wood, mixed with dried fruits again. All in all: Well done.
Beautiful amber color with notes of exotic fruits, sugar cane, citrus, vanilla and woody. On the palate, the woody is always present with vanilla and spices that arrive later. A nice finish on dried fruits, vanilla and woody.
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