Bally 6 ans


Average score

Bottle Profile
Distillery Bally
Origin Martinique
Bottler none
Type Agricole Rhum (artisanal column)
Alcohol By Volume 45%
Sugar Measured
Review 5


Review by "Cyril" Score: 80

couleur ambrée soutenue, reflets rougeâtres/orangers, robe huileuse, et jambes grasses

Nose: au nez, on est sur une odeur de rance, moisi, de rassis, comme si la bouteille avait souffert avec le temps. Au-delà il y a du fruit confit, des épices et de la réglisse, mais l'ensemble est détérioré même si on sent du potentiel derrière, et il y en a sûrement!

Palate: En bouche, c'est mieux qu'au nez et on retrouve une canne mature et des fruits confits, mais ce goût de passé (vieux papier mâché) revient gâcher la fête, malgré la non résilience du rhum. c'est beau, mais réglisse et épice ne suffiront pas malgré un bel effort.

Finish: Finale identique, plus épicée, spicy, mais terne.

Thoughts: Un rhum qui n'a pas bien évolué dans cette bouteille, et sûrement un niveau bas..., mais qui reste intéressant malgré tout, comme si malgré les dégâts du temps il voulait s’exprimer et montrer son potentiel.

Review by "Lance" Score: 84

Oh, tough one to research. Loads of 1929 and 1930s photos out there, rien on this one. Not a millesime, because J. Bally helpfully places the year on that little smiley label at the top for those. But with that fading old-style label, maybe pre-1980s? Earlier? Not sure. Still, J. Bally’s original domicile on Plantation Lajus du Carbet was closed back in 1989 (current rhums are made at a consolidated site at Plantation Simon using the original recipe), so at least we have something suitably aged here. Whatever. It was a neat little piece of history to be trying. Note the cheap tinfoil cap, which perhaps says something about the makers' esteem for their own product, back in the day...makes a man happy for modern plastic. I spoke to the company history a little on the 'Caner site on other J. Bally reviews. Colour – Dark Amber/Mahogany, Strength – 45%

Nose: Heated, not sharp. Very fruity, dark stuff, at the edge of over-ripeness. Rich and fragrant and oh-so nice. Ripe peaches and plums; apricots just starting to go like an ageing strumpet past her prime; coconut shavings and a squirt of lime juice over the lot. Also a faint background of musky brininess and sugar, like tequila.

Palate: Nice! Medium to full bodied, firm, warm and silky to taste. Dusty old books, dark sweet chocolate (RitterSport "rum, raisins and hazelnuts," maybe that was it). More plums, plus some squashy blueberries, plus the taste of cumin and coriander and the same salt-sweet mustiness from the nose. All in all, very tasty, and had sufficiently heated silky mouthfeel to make it an pretty good rhum, even for only six years ageing.

Finish: Warm and lasting. Great black cake and tequila closing notes. Somehow they didn't interfere with each other (not always the case).

Thoughts: Wish I knew when it was made. Actually, I wish I had the whole damned bottle.

Review by "Serge" Score: 85

I’m sorry, the picture doesn’t quite fit, but that’s the idea. An old bottle of legendary plantation Bally, straight from Italy, with flying colours and extreme Italo-Frenchness. Colour: red amber.

Nose: Old bicycle inner tube, old tin boxes, stale tea, old papers, soldier’s gabardine… You got it, something may have gone wrong here. Having said that, there is a feeling of very old red Bourgogne that’s nothing but lovely. Lunch at your grand-grandma’s, around 1970 indeed. On a Sunday. Flies fly and old waxes shine out… Arr, excuse me.

Palate: You see, with old spirits, you sometimes have to intellectualise things, beyond flavours and bodies. Because even if this is a little flat (tish) and metallic, it’s still glowing, and refuses to die (you won’t get paid for this, S.) ‘Old wines’ is the key expression, and even if some parts are unfolding like a butterfly leaving its chrysalis (okay, you’re fired, S.), it is frustrating. Like catching a Rolling Stone gig just after Brown Sugar (girls would say ‘Angie’). Oh whatever…

Finish: Surprise surprise, it really isn’t dead. And it’s got this OBE that is to be found in old bottles of whiskies, between metal and old waxy papers

Thoughts: Yet another useless review, as nobody will ever find this bottle again. Well, you never know… but remember, always check the levels!

Review by "Marco" Score: 80

A 6-year-old from J. Bally Rhum. The exact bottling period is unknown but it looks rather old. I don't know for sure if this one is made in the St. James Distillery (since 1974), or of that time period before that. Colour: Amber

Nose: First I smell sugar, iodine and oak flavours. It has Almost no grassy flavours. But recognize delicate fruit aromas, including papayas. I also smell menthol. I have also found this component in other rhum agricole. However, most dominant are the first three flavours.

Palate: The impression of the nose is confirmed on the palate. Here is a mixture of sugar, oak and iodine, the first thing you taste the mouth. The menthol is for now weaker and only present in the background. After a few seconds the barrel flavours including spices, cinnamon and salt are appearing. No sweetness present on the palate, but also no bitterness is to be found.

Finish: Herb notes and sugarcane form the beginning. Then menthol and slightly grassy flavors scurry on the palate. Oak aromas and tart herbs conclude the finish.

Thoughts: Another Rhum Agricole, although above the standard, but it is not a spectacular one. Unfortunately he did not quite fit my taste.

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