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If I went to a desert island and if I was allowed to take some Mezan rums (or to be precise this and their Panama) along with some Foursquare/Doorly's, I could live out my days a happy man.

I look at the producer's tasting notes and they are pretty accurate. Nose - Perfumed notes of oak, cedar and vanilla followed by tropical fruit, hazelnuts and burnt butter. Palate - Big sweet and spicy flavours, softer sherried butterscotch notes with exotic expressive tones. Soft, complex and persistent finish.

OK, all producers slightly over egg it (hazelnuts and burnt butter!!) but the palate is spot on. The rum is wonderfully thick in your mouth and coats your tongue (and probably the reason it is for me a 9 rather than an 8), leading on to a fantastic oaky long finish. The other aspect I really love is the oakiness. Initially it was aged in heavy char American oak, which has imparted the wonderful oak flavours.

Both this and the Mezan Panama 2008 are superb. Like the Panama, it is bottled at 46%. Like the Panama the 46% is not harsh nor abrasive. Like the Panama it is superb. Well done Mezan.