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Tasty, but not quite great
For a Martinique vieux agricole, it’s not so bad - surely a costly addition to any US collection, and questionably suitable as such for that alone. But it’s a smooth talker with just a memory of its fiery past as an ardent blanc from 12 years ago. It has been hard to truly like vieux agricoles over 8 yrs, in general; for me, it’s all about that fiery youth that makes this style shine, and so much of that is lost in the adulteration of the spirit during the fût sitting period. It’s certainly a handsome bottle presentation, and a fine selection for your regular whiskey aficionado, but the mellowness just kinda loses me with the hint of sweetness presumably imparted by the charred barrel and a flabbiness associated with middling French red wines.
All said and done, this is a fine example of a vieux agricole in the upper end of the aged spectrum - not a standout, but far better than El Dorado’s equivalent expression.
This was the full-bodied sample on a French tasting I did, and I by far preferred this to the light and medium bodied samples. Much smoother and easier to enjoy as a sipper. I had to add water to the others to make them more palatable, but the Neisson stood on its own. Still not my favorite and not one I would rush back to, but it did at least leave me curious enough to try more agricoles.
Rather dry if you're not used to agricoles, but fruity with noted of vanilla and pepper. There's a sense of spicyness and citrus that is enjoyable.
The finish is longer than you're usual Rhum.
Un neisson peut en cacher un autre...très beau nez, sec boisé et épicé (poivre clou de girofle) en bouche une attaque vive mais douce et boisé ! Un longueur moyenne. A tester !
This rum erupts from the glass with a lovely bouquet—full of sweet oak and red wine. It's the sweetest Martinique agricole I've tried to date. For me (someone who reads "this rum is sweet but not too sweet" as "this rum is definitely way too sweet"), it's *almost* too sweet, but not quite. And it's super delicious.
After breathing for 15-20 minutes, strangely, it seemed to dry out a bit. Its smooth veneer started to give way to some "harsher" character—which I thought was delightful. That's what pushed it up to 9.
Not sure it's totally worth the msrp, but it is very good, and highly recommended.
Voici un rhum agricole issu d'un assemblage de plusieurs millésimes,
Au nez, je le trouvais personnellement très léger, j'y retrouvais de timides notes poivrées et boisées,
En bouche, il est plus marqué et un peu astringent (ce qui n'est pas désagréable), on y retrouve les notes poivrées et boisées du nez, ainsi que des notes fruitées,
La longueur est belle mais pas extra :)
Note : 65/100
I'm a fan of this agricole but it is a super specialist when it comes to the genre. The aging really doesn't tone down the agricole-ish but accentuate it. The fresh cane comes off like fresh grass and green olives. A really interesting cocktail ingredient and a lovely if not sophisticated, early in the night sipper. But again, highly specialized.
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