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Rum raisin, with lots of caramel, nice sweetness. Great with a vanilla cigar.
Really great rum from Belize which we found in France Alsace.
EDIT - the 2008 has now appeared as a 13yo. My note below was for the 10yo. I like the 13yo - deeper colour, fuller body. But, and it's a big but, the soft wood and sweet fruit is now replaced with something quite a bit more spicy and a more tannic finish that dominates the once soft oak, and as such think it NOT as genial as the 10yo. There is still plenty of sweetness on the body, but it is the finish that has taken a step back. However, all is not lost. The finish is really, really good, soft and long so I'd give it maybe a 7½-8/10
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.
EDIT - as the rum has had time to breathe, the exuberant fruit notes have become a bit dulled. Still a wonderful rum, but not a 9! ANOTHER EDIT - I've had the bottle open now for about 10 weeks, and about 2 or 3 weeks ago, it opened up again and is a really top notch rum.
EDIT2: I've had to up this to a 10. It is simply superb. Sweet fruit perfectly balanced with a good amount of oak. It leaves me wanting to drink more.....!!This and the Panama are absolutely winners.
Aroma is nice with chocolate and wood tones. Taste is a bit harsh on beginning, but after some time you can find nice fruit and oak tones, could be more complex. Aftertaste is shorter. 7.5 points
The boxing says: The untouched rum: unsweetened and uncolored.
Nose: very spicy with some hints of fruits.
Palate: warm, wild, strong (46% vol) and a little smoky and rough (but still balanced enough: not too much burn there). Unfortunately not very aromatic and a bit thin IMO. Furthermore, I miss some more body.
Bon rhum difficile à appréhender, je pense. La première bouche m a légèrement troublé de part la forte concentration d alcool mais ensuite les diffèrentes saveurs s ouvrent et le rendent appréciable.
Outre les épices et le côté gras, je ne suis pas fan de ce produit.
Il est très fort en bouche et ne m'a pas laissé bonne impression.
Arômes de tabac, épices et chêne.
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