To make this amber rum, Neisson experimented with several cask "profiles" for its ageing: second-hand ex-bourbon casks, but also new oak casks of different origins and burned in different ways.
So it was the "profile 105" that was unanimously approved at the Neisson distillery.
Nico's tasting note
The very first nose offers dry notes of bagasse, pepper, and a sort of graininess that makes one lay one's nostrils on it with caution. However, it opens up very quickly with sweet and fresh citrus fruits. It also rounds out in the aftermath, with rich, fatty oak and melted nuts. The spices are lively, they parade and dance as if to keep our attention. The woodiness can sometimes be quite toasty and dry all the same, but it is each time soothed by the sweetness of a honey with pepper accents.
Time and aeration lead the rum to a very nice balance between a dry agricultural side and fatty nuts. The woodiness takes the lead, supported by a peppery mint. The more the rum is aired, the more it gains in maturity, we are now well beyond what an amber rum usually offers. The cane is round, we enter into a cosy comfort, by the fire with a black tea and a buttered shortbread. This is a very refined little candy cane.
The attack in the mouth is lively, frank and spicy. The cane and the wood are equal, until the balance tips in favour of the latter, with generous pinches of cocoa and ground nuts. Peanut too, nice and fatty but not roasted, and a nougatine feel that starts to melt on the tongue. The ever-comfortable flavours of yeast and tea are led and shaped by the wood.
The finish is simpler, less complex, with nuts and pepper above all.
"Impossible to guess blindly that this is only an amber or wood-aged rum, so much complexity and accomplished flavours are already there..."
On the nose 👃🏻: the fresh cane is very present, we perceive the youth of the product without necessarily guessing that it is "only an ESB". It is mixed with vanilla on the first nose and gives it a little pastry side that gradually fades, but also with nice citrus notes. It is lively without being annoying, the alcohol is very well integrated into the product, impossible to guess the 54.2% vol. With a woody taste that is at first very discreet but that develops little by little alongside the nuts.
In the mouth 👅 the attack is powerful, dry, spicy, very sweet too. With a very present and roasted almost burnt wood that quickly lands behind like an old rum, it is to be mistaken. The following sips let us appreciate more the round and pastry side that we had on the nose, with nice citrus and vanilla notes highlighted by the high alcohol level before gradually switching to coffee. More like a café au lait, in fact.
The finish gives way to a rather dry and discreet woodiness with spices like cinnamon. It is moderately long, especially supported by the 54.2% which holds a little in the throat 👌
This is a seductive rum! I almost missed all its qualities at the first tasting but at the second it was the right one ^^ It surprised and conquered me even more by its power and at the same time its complexity for such a young rum 👏 It will put a small spanking to some VO and VSOP, don't trust its age 😄. Afterwards, as usual, let's remember that it's a matter of taste!
A value for money rum! the reference of the Neisson distillery!
Not being a fan of undergrowth, I was apprehensive... but wrongly so ! It's very good, and we come back with pleasure !
Nose: intense, hints of hazelnut and fresh almond, pineapple, dried mango, both dry and fresh wood, dried apricots.
On the palate, clean and precise attack, fruit, velvety cane flavour, but the woodiness is a little dry and dominant for my taste.
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Superb product with Neisson's own characteristics
Excellent rum, powerful and refined. You can feel the 54 degrees, so it's more for the connoisseur. The ageing in heated barrels is well felt and gives it a really pleasant taste which is different from the classic taste of wooded rums. A real pleasure that can be drunk in small quantities, so present are the aromas. Impressive length in the mouth.
It is a Neisson, it is superb.
Accompanied by a good cigar for the amateurs, it goes very well.
Excellent value for money! Fruity and woody! Good length.
I bought it on the advice of a friend and have not regretted it.
The principle of samples is nice and allows to test without regrets.