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Recommendable to most
Visited the Neisson Distillery while vacationing at Martinique. Splendid distillery tour followed by an open tasting bar. Neisson Blanc 50 was priced at EUR 13 at the distillery. Very nice old school bottle and label design. Traditional sweet Rhum Agricole notes followed by grass and floral bouquet to your nose and palate. Quite a kick at the end. Rhum Agricole lovers can easily add 2 points to my score.
Neisson est réputé pour faire le meilleur rhum blanc de Martinique! En ayant déjà goûté pas mal de rhums blancs, je dois dire que ce Neisson blanc 50 est le meilleur que j'ai pu goûter en ti'punch!
Jerry is right, people from Martinique considers this rum to be the best for Ti Punchs (Half rum + brown caster cane sugar + a quarter of lime).
I'm not that fan of it though. I don't find as sweet as a Clement rum of the same proof for example.
So it occurred to me recently that I never actually reviewed Neisson Blanc even though I have had it sitting on my bar for a while. It is widely considered one of the best Agricole Blanc rums around and it famously makes one hell of a Ti Punch. But what about solo? Is it good enough to sip straight on its own. You are damn right it is! Here’s my notes and experience with it solo.
The nose on this Agricole Blanc is pleasant but not terribly complex. The strongest note that stands out is fresh green olives. Past that I get lime peel, sweet and sour pickle juice, fresh sugar cane stalk, and a fascinating, refreshing smell like that of a hayfield covered in dew in the early morning. This rum is all about a sense of refreshment. But the comparatively toned down nose belies what awaits on the palate.
When I take a sip I get an absolute explosion of fresh washed fruit. Imagine biting into an entire handful of blueberries and fresh strawberries. Then take a hefty mouthful of limeade to wash it down. Now peel and eat a lychee while simultaneously thinking about grapefruit. As you are finishing those thoughts, you know that distinct taste that green chili peppers have right before the burn hits? Now wrap all of that together in one mouthful. That’s what this fantastic Agricole is on the palate. The thought that first came to me as I took my first sip was a “fresh fruit explosion”
. The palate here is nothing short of magnificent.
Interestingly and unexpectedly for an unaged rum (in my experience thus far) this Agricole Blanc has a long finish in store as well. It starts with hints of fresh sugar cane stalk which lingers quite a while before slowly transitioning to menthol. After a while my mouth tingles with a peppermint taste and sensation. It’s almost like chewing a fruity peppermint gum...but it is orders of magnitude better than that.
While most, including myself, might recommend this in a Ti Punch, it is just as tasty all by itself. It is perhaps the most refreshing rum I have had to date and well worth a sip on its own. At ~$30 for 1 Liter this is an absolute steal if you can find it. Amazing value.
Short Deacription: Strawberry-Blueberry-Limeade blast finished by peppermint fruit gum dialed to up on max
Nose: Fresh Green olives, fresh sugar cane stalk, lime peel, sweet and sour pickles, dew laden grass
Palate: very fresh, amazing palate! strawberries, blueberries, limeade, lychee, faint grapefruit, fresh green chili peppers prior to the burn,
Finish: fresh sugar cane stalk, menthol, peppermint mouth tingle
Country of Origin: Martinique
Wonderful aroma, honey, maybe a hint of fruit. Taste neat is sharp, grassy green flavors, a hint of fruit. Mostly greenish in flavor. Great in daiquiri or ti punch. Too much character for a mojito. Great with any tropical juice. This has some funk to it, you for sure can use in tiki recipes. I like.
I'm not a big Neisson guy but the more I drink this one the better it gets. While definitely not a La Mauny or Père Labat, it's a solid contender and would be absolutely fine for any Ti'Punch.
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