Damoiseau 1980


Average score

Bottle Profile
Distillery Damoiseau
Origin Guadeloupe
Bottler none
Type Traditional Rum (artisanal column)
Alcohol By Volume 60,3%
Sugar Measured 6-11 g/L
Review 2


Review by "Henrik" Score: 89

Nose: Overwhelming fresh and light scent explosion, with a complex and very rich profile. Deep inside the explosion heavy notes of plums and ripe cherries ascended, followed by black grapes and salty licorice. As the explosion lost a little momentum, it made room for the more subtle notes as well. Cinnamon and flowers – my mind told me it was daisies, but I am not really a flower guy, so I am not sure - were very suddenly present. There was a mild sharpness lurking below making sure to remind me that it was a full proof explosive and not your average sissy firecracker.

Palate: Even though it wasn't as fat and heavy as very old demeraras, it was just as insanely rich in flavour. And at the same time it felt perfectly balanced. You might say that it actually felt sophisticated French and not brutally British (no pun intended my dear British readers). At first a flowery sweetness was almost the only thing there. But it slowly opened up to reveal all sorts of niceties. First off was a lot of fruity flavours dominated by apricots, pineapple and prunes. And then more apricots. Then a moderate sweetness of brown sugar was put on top of it all, like icing on a cake. As it kept opening up to reveal more and more flavours, I suddenly had the sense of a fresh, green and healthy lawn which had been warmed by the mild spring sun for an entire day. And as the finale was drawing nearer, massive notes of very salty liquorice. Taking a break for a couple of minutes and letting it all fade from the palate, left stubborn notes of black gunpowder. Perhaps it is the ammonia-notes from the salty liquorice that evolves into this peculiar flavour, but never the less ”gunpowder” was the word which kept sticking to my brain.

Finish: Taking an eternity to fade away completely, a ”long” finish is somewhat of an understatement. Familiar notes of apricots and salty liquorice kept lingering the longest among a pleasant warmth and spicy, oily textures which seemed to clean themselves up and never get sticky. Exhaling through the nose several minutes later still revealed notes of the salty liquorice and flowery freshness.

Thoughts: There is no need to discuss if this is an impressive piece of craftsmanship – because it clearly is. The combination of medium profile and superb richness is really something special, and makes it a rum that goes down very nicely and seems to keep screaming for my attention long after the glass has been emptied. Apart from the tiny sharpness on the nose, I found no real off notes. Unless you want to call gunpowder an off note. As long as it refrains from blowing up in my face, I see it as more of a curiosity than an error or inconsistency.

Review by "Cyril" Score: 85

un ambré profond, d'énormes jambes similaires à l'embouteillage de Velier.

Nose: Le nez est très expressif à la première tentative, plus fruité (fruits secs) et vanillé que e Velier. Après quelques minutes, la tendance s’inverse et ce dernier reprend le dessus et cela semble se répéter et évoluer au fur et à mesure de la dégustation. Un nez différent qui laisse déjà penser à cet instant que nous n’avons pas affaire au même rhum…

Palate: Le nez est boisé, et plus lourd que la version Velier, avec beaucoup plus de fruits secs ; il est plus charpenté dirons-nous, tandis que l’embouteillage proposé par Velier offre une palette aromatique plus douce et fondue. Et plus le temps passe et plus les profils semblent s’opposer, sans ambiguïté.

Finish: La bouche propose une très belle puissance mais l’entrée est beaucoup plus marquée par les épices et les tanins, de la réglisse aussi et des agrumes mais plus sur l’amertume (zeste). Comme pour son nez, le Damoiseau propose un profil plus brut de décoffrage et forcément moins complexe et équilibré que le Velier. Pas mal de fruits secs aussi et un très beau final, mais moins long et surtout moins persistant que le rhum de chez Velier, avec une dominance du boisé.

Thoughts: Le Damoiseau est moins complet et semble moins bien façonné que l'embouteillage de chez Velier, plus tannique et mesquin. Le même rhum ? Non, il y a des similitudes certes, mais le nez, et plus particulièrement la bouche ne trompe pas, nous avons deux produits différents, vendu sous le même nom, provenant de la même année, mais bel et bien différents.

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