Six long years spent in carefully selected oak barrels have given Damoiseau XO a remarkable aromatic richness.
This old rum won a gold medal at the Concours Général Agricole de Paris in 2011.
Nico's tasting notes
The first nose of this Guadeloupean rum is greedy but also vegetal. Tobacco and tea perfume the sugar cane field where citrus fruits have also been planted. It is necessary to let the alcohol escape a little before sinking a little further into the greediness. We then find the pastry register with its fatty almond powder and candied fruits. A light peppery woodiness judiciously counteracts this greediness.
Aeration reveals a very sweet white rum with a slight smokiness. The alcohol brings more acidulous notes of red fruits and green apple. Then the greediness takes over with an impression of cake batter enriched with cream and almond liqueur.
One does not necessarily expect this frank and dry attack on the palate, marked by cocoa and very black coffee. The palate is powerful, a little alcoholic and powdery, with a dusty woodiness. We are still surprised when, once the storm has passed, we find a white rum that is just peppery, as if it had been stripped by the storms.
The finish is the same, vegetal, like a white rum but spicier.
"The charm of this mermaid will seduce you and draw you into the rollers, before revealing itself without artifice..."