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Enjoyed a glass of That Boutique-y Rum Company Labourdonnais Mauritius 5y rum while in London. Nice bottle and label design, definitely unique. Light golden color. Floral notes, grass and all the Rhum Agricole related odors straight to your nose and palate. Strong burn at the end. Rhum Agricole lovers can easily add 3 points to the score.
Lots of the expected floral nose and flavor. A pleasant tingle. But this one has a bitter finish and although I loves me some barrel this is too much of the wrong kind. Has the taste of musty old wine barrels found in a barn after drying for decades.
edit, 1 year later. apparently my pallette has changed. i really appreciate this rum. now. not sure whats changed but the barrel has mellowed a little, and a love the herbal notes. don't know if my perception changed or this is a different expression or something, but i really liked this a lot more. old rating was a 3. now a 6.
Smells like a perfume, and drinks like a fire water. They overdid it with abv, 50% is too much for a rum.
You might be lured in by the floral or wine aromas. Sip it neat and you'll know what an internal combustion engine feels like if it could taste. Where this rum comes to life is when you start mixing with it. Unfortunately it's priced above what I would consider "mixing" rums.
First impression not great but vastly improved with some time to aerate. Distinctive flavor with lingering aftertaste.
Strong, sweet smell. Bitter and harsh neat. With a mixer it’s not too sweet but sweet enough. I like this brand, they’re consistent. A rum I would buy again! Only fault it the smallest element of flatteness in the aftertaste
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