New Grove 10 Year Old is a blend of selected casks from the Mauritian distillery Greys.
This very old establishment started making traditional quality rum in the 2000s, following the abolition of a law that prevented the production of aromatic rums.
Nico's tasting notes
On the nose, New Grove's signature quince and fig paste is enhanced by a handful of ripe red fruits. The dried fruit is rich, like apricot or date, concentrated into a spicy paste that hints at a nice presence on the palate. The rest gives way to an almond paste flavoured with motor oil, for a contrast that combines power and greed. This is a rum with personality. The more industrial notes fade away very quickly and one turns the page with fruit that is both acidic and velvety.
On the palate, the contrast evoked on the nose works wonderfully. It is a delight of stewed peaches that spreads out on the palate, with a little copper in support, for a surprising and delicious attack. Mango and lychee in syrup take over, then the spices come to imprint this deeply on the tongue. The pastry side has disappeared from the picture, in favour of a candid and fragrant fruitiness, which matures with time and then becomes dry fruit.
The finish is slightly vegetal and resinous, a little medicinal. A drop of motor oil closes the ball, like a signature.
"The higher you go at New Grove, the more deliciously this slightly oily identity is melted away..."
On our Youtube channel, find our meeting with Loïc Lionnet, cellar master of New Grove (Mauritius). He tasted with us the New Grove 10 years Old Tradition during the box of the month.