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Tasty, but not quite great
Tasted just a sample, so this is just my first impressions. Don’t think I will dig deeper into it because it wasn’t special enough.
It’s the first rum I have tasted that origins from outside the Caribbean.
It’s an Agricole and they grow their own sugar cane on the island. The rum consists of 10% from a pot still and the rest from a column still. Then it’s aged for 4-6 years individually in ex-American and ex-French oak barrels before blended.
In the nose I can recognize oak, vanilla, butterscotch and herbal notes. These flavors is also notable on the palate and during the quite long finish which is rather dry.
Overall I think it’s to little of everything in this rum to catch me for further digging.
Picture: My emptied sample.
Bought a bottle at the distillery in Mauritius and sat in cupboard for a year. Really enjoyed it and would recommend for anyone that likes a sweeter and caramel flavour
The rum opens up quickly with vanilla, dried fruits, oak and a herbal scent. Light but prominent there is also a hint of (too much) sweetness there. On the palate there is definitely some cognac-ish sensation but not out of place. Raisins, orange and a bit of mint follow the initial notes and it has a slightly bitter and peppery finish. The sweetness is not sticky lips but more than I like in a rum, especially in a fruity rum like this. I don't think the oak is overpowering but together with the herbal notes it becomes a bit medicine-like but not in a bad way. Not my style and too sweet for my liking but well balanced and well made rum.
To me, this is such an excellent rum and the balance from cross ageing it in both french and american oak works wonders. You get a rum that's agricole-like and elegant and sure it's a tad dry, but still a softer expression compared to the "classic" agricole profile.
The nose is intense with vanilla, peaches, cinnamon and marcipan alongside hints of oak. Real nice, sweet and welcoming. As the production of this rum pretty much resembles agricole, I was expecting the taste to be leaning towards the more tannic side, despite the sweetness of the nose (which is no downside for me)
This is however, in my opinion, not a particular dry rum, despite a few raters claims. Sure it's natural and unsweetened, but hey, this is what real rum taste like, and if you think it's bad or dry, perhaps the reality of it is that you actually like sugar water more than rum? (no offence intented)
The taste is rounded and almost sorta creamy with almonds, cinnamon, caramel and dried fruits. The finish keeps at it, with a well behaved oaky note. The balance is great.
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