Neisson Le Rhum par Neisson


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Bottle Profile
Distillery Neisson
Origin Martinique
Bottler none
Type Agricole Rhum (artisanal column)
Alcohol By Volume 52,5%
Sugar Measured
Review 3


Review by "Lance" Score: 79

Another Neisson in the series, one to leave a drinker scratching his head in bafflement.  It's not a bad rum, just an odd one, exhibiting some of  the characteristics of other unaged whites, then going off to check out some side roads...not always to its advantage

Nose: ello Sajous...I mean Neisson, sorry. Whew, quite a bite here - salty, briny, and then...labneh, or fresh yoghurt. And sugar, so weird, like sucking tea through a white sugar cube. Some tar, herbals, iodine and medicine, and light (very light) florals and fruit. Somehow it barely hangs together.

Palate: Okay, so yes, I do like my jagged unaged pot-or-creole still whites, but this isn't quite one of those.  For one thing, it tastes of sugar, unambiguously so.  This markedly impacts the tastes -- of rose water, anise, a few fruits, pears, an olive or two, even some herbal, grassy notes -- but not in a good way.  Some of the promise of that yummy nose is lost here.

Finish: Iodine, sugar water, brine, maybe a slug of mixed and overdiluted fruit juice

Thoughts: So...a rather strange white rhum from Martinique, and I wonder whether this slightly lower-horsepower model shares any of the same chassis or DNA with the L'Esprit 70%...I would suggest not.  It's strange because it veers away from expectations, and though fiercely individualistic whites are great when made with bravado, here it seems like a different - and lesser - rhum altogether, in spite of the firm strength.  It's that palate, I think - the nose entices, the taste drives away.  Not a failure, just not my speed.

Review by "Serge" Score: 75

Oh, a white rhum agricole. Do not forget, please, that it’s not because a spirit is white that it’s not aged. Sure that’s true with large commercial brands (vodka, gin, some rhums, eaux-de-vies), but some exquisite white distillates are being aged for years and years in inert containers. Because, again and again, oak does not equal age/time (bonkers, that!)

Nose: right, this is extreme. Smoked ham, kippers, even game (well-hung pheasant), dirty earth, seawater… Some would even add old socks and wine vinegar. Not obligatorily wrong. With water: asphalty, shall we say. A road after a rain after a long dry period.

Palate: (neat): a U-turn. This is much sweeter, simpler, and I have to say, less interesting. Bananas, pineapples, molasses, touches of litchis, liquorice allsorts, marshmallows, sugar… It’s good, it’s just a little… shall we say boring? With water: not quite. It got a little grassier, but there is this sugar… Really tastes of sugar.

Finish: medium, very sugary, yet not extremely sweet.

Thoughts: it’s not often that this happens. I thought the nose was fabulous, and I had high hopes, but the palate was just uninteresting (to put it mildly). Now, go score such a funny thing…

Review by "Marco" Score: 74

A unmatured rum? Why not. Lets see...

Nose: It smells more intense as the Neisson L'Esprit. Sugarcane, roses, fruits and medicinal flavours. A sharp and pungent smell is in the glass. Clearly the immaturity. Not a complex rum, but I did not expect it.

Palate: Sugarcane, roses and nail polish remover. Then the alcohol burns on the tongue. More roses and grassy flavours. Tastes at the beginning like medicine, but then it becomes more more herbal. Wheat? Rye? Tastes like the smell of a rye bread. No a fresh one, mind you.

Finish: Medicine and weak sugarcane. At the end a herbal taste remains in the mouth.

Thoughts: Not an aroma-bomb but this is no surprise.

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