Bally 1982


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Bottle Profile
Distillery Bally
Origin Martinique
Bottler none
Type Agricole Rhum (artisanal column)
Alcohol By Volume 45%
Sugar Measured
Review 4


Review by "Lance" Score: 86

We're slowly moving past the more recent vintages of the Bally rums and into something not necessarily older, but bottled from longer ago. Hopefully they'll throw some light into the development of the profile over the years. The quality of the older expressions is not necessarily or always better just because it was made thirty five years ago...but yeah, perhaps in this case it is. The 1982 is certainly one fine piece of work, made at the original Bally site before the distillery closed in 1989 and production was shifted over to Simon.

Nose: Oh, so nice. A smorgasbord of fruity notes right away - raisins, blackberry jam, candied oranges, plus coffee, anise, caramel bonbons and some breakfast spices (and cumin, oddly enough). It presents as sweeter than the 1992 and 1993 variations, and also somewhat more musky, salty, with those wet earth aromas being quite distinct, though fortunately not aggressive...more like an underlying bed upon which the other smells were dancing.

Palate: Warm, delicious, sweet and salty, like a Thai vegetable soup with sweet soya. After opening up some, the fruits take over - berries, cherries, jammy notes, nougat, light florals. Loads of complexity here, well balanced against each other. There's the earth tones again, some black tea, bananas, light citrus. None of the flavours are dominant, all rub against each other in a cool kind of zen harmony. One odd thing here is that the grassy and sugar-cane sap part of the profile is very much in the background and nowhere near as clearly discernible as modern agricoles lead us to expect.

Finish: Long and faintly sweet. There was actually some anise and coffee here (and was that molasses? ...naah). Long on spices like cinnamon, cloves and cumin, and the warm wet earth component, which I'll say is Jamaican even though it isn't, made one last bow on the stage.

Thoughts: I dearly wish I knew how old the rums truly was. It's labelled as an AOC, but that classification only came into force in 1996, so is it possible that the 1982 is at least 14 years old? I simply don't know. Perhaps it's just as well. Like it or not, we sometimes unconsciously feel a rum aged for longer is somehow better - that's a good rule of thumb, just not universally applicable, and here, whether it is that old or not, there's no denying that for its price (still available at around three hundred dollars, same as the 1992) it's a remarkable rum, made within the living memory of us rum collectors and Rumaniacs, and leading us by the hand into the misty times predating the iron rule of the AOC.

Review by "Serge" Score: 90

I believe circa 2000 it’s already got the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée on the label, which was implemented in 1996.

Nose: more the style of the 1993, but with even more depth, more subtleties, more earthy aromas. There’s also rather more agricoleness, with clearer whiffs of cane juice (vesou) and these fermenting/rotting fruits that are so wonderful. Some grass smoke as well, a few olives, liquorice, even seaweed, menthol… I totally love this nose.

Palate: once again, the 1993 with more complexity, more cane-y notes, more earth, and more rotting bananas. Rotting bananas are super-cool in rhum, provided there’s something else as well. In this case that would be pretty smoky lapsang souchong and drops of tequila. Very complex, very excellent.

Finish: long, not too jammy, with touches of salt and always plenty of liquorice. A little coffee in the aftertaste, and something Jamaican.

Thoughts: utterly loveable, this would please many a malt drinker. Oh, by the way, there’s also a cheaper 1982 at 43% vol., not sure it’s of equivalent quality.

Review by "Cyril" Score: 87

Nose: robe acajou,très brillante à la multitude de jambes grasses. classieuse . un nez riche, sur les fruits confits (raisins, pruneaux), sur un boisé noble et de la réglisse, avec des notes de boite à cigares, mais aussi de terre. Un nez fondu, qui se fait même lourd à l'occasion (fruits noirs, macération) ; ça sent l'histoire, les livres poussiéreux depuis longtemps oubliés sur des étagères hautes comme des tours. Un nez au charme passé, classieux, riche, et très profond.

Palate: En bouche, c'est onctueux, presque épais (+ que le 87 et 89), sur les fruits macérés mélangés aux épices (girofle, muscade, poivre) et sur un boisé légèrement fumé (tabac, boîte à cigares), des notes végétales de canne et de terre. un rhum riche, où tout est très bien équilibré, très chaleureux, ça colle même presque au palais. Avec du repos de la feuille de tabac/thé noir, légèrement âpre se renforce un peu plus mais les fruits reprennent le dessus. léger rancio.

Finish: La fin de bouche est longue, maintenant sur les épices, chaudes et dans une belle homogénéité, complexité, avec un retour de ce petit quelque chose fumé (réglisse), qui hantera le palais pour un long et agréable moment. Va et vient plus qu'intéressant, une bouche et une finale vivante!

Thoughts: un rhum très bien équilibré qui propose une bouche riche et concentrée, une très belle persistance. peut-être un poil plus d'alcool que les autres 80's. Mais que demander de plus? une bouteille peut-être.

Review by "Marco" Score: 87

The fourth rum of the brand J. Bally. Maybe a small firecracker again? Lets see.

Nose: Dominant sugarcane, oak flavors, caramel, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bananas, papayas, herbs, minerals and anise. Old polished wood, medicine and nuances of black tea. Further away: more sugarcane, oak, and caramel. Some mangos. Deep in the glass: again strong sugarcane, herbs and tannin's in the background. Tannin's and black tea. Mushrooms?? Also hints of camphor.

Palate: Sugarcane, oak aromas, iodine and caramel. First sweet, then more medicine and herbs on the palate. Similar to 1960 and 1975. More herbs, sugar cane, papaya and anise after 1 minute in the mouth. At the end also aromas of tobacco. Some bitter caramel.

Finish: At the beginning oak and sugarcane. Then light tannin's, spices and herbs. Tobacco and hints of anise at the end. Very little to no fruit in the finish.

Thoughts: Slightly “worse” than 1975. However, he cant keep up the level of quality of the vintages of 1960 and 1978. Nevertheless, a good rum from Martinique.

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