NEISSON VSOP French Connections 44%

Rhum Agricole, France / Martinique, 70cl, Ref: 58045

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The Neisson distillery in Carbet was founded in 1932. It is one of the last family-owned distilleries in Martinique. Today, it is directed by Claudine Vernant-Niesson and her son Grégory. Distilled in the estate’s magnificent Savalle column still, this version aged 6 years is right at the crossroads of youth and maturity. Revealing at times aromas and flavours of just-pressed fresh cane juice, at other moments it reveals a complexity that could rival far older rums. Nonetheless, making an art out of balance, it refuses to cut corners, instead highlighting the work of the men and women behind its creation.

Profile: the precise first nose is mentholated, herbaceous (sage), medicinal (arnica), floral (lime blossom) and exotic (pineapple, mango). Allowed to breathe, it clearly moves much closer to sugar cane. Sweet spices (cinnamon, ginger) then accompany more heady florals (rose, honeysuckle). The resolute attack is entirely dedicated to sugar cane and its sugar. The exotic (kaffir lime) mid-palate reveals fresh tobacco and grilled walnut. The rich start of the finish is a compendium of delicious and mouth-watering desserts. The end of the palate is chocolatey, floral (geranium) and fruity (wild peach).

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  • Appearance : topaz
  • Nose : refined, precise. Deliciously mentholated and herbaceous (verbena, sage), the first nose quickly develops slightly medicinal (arnica), juicy (sugarcane juice), floral (lime blossom, white lilac) and exotic (pineapple, mango) notes. Very concentrated, once allowed to breathe, it moves clearly closer to sugar cane. Outstanding. Sweet spices (cinnamon, ginger) also join the action. Increasingly floral (lily of the valley, peony, honeysuckle), the aromatic palette is punctuated by saffron, vanilla and herbaceous notes of great distinction.
  • Palate : clean, resolute. The attack clearly sets out it arguments, with sugar cane and cane sugar the reigning masters. So much so that a field of cane and cane sugar fresh off the press literally surge from the glass. The exotic (kaffir lime, passion fruit) mid-palate is characterized by notes of fresh tobacco, grilled walnut, iris butter, vanilla and coconut. At the end of the palate, cane syrup spreads across the sides of the palate.
  • Overall : long, rich. At the start of the finish we find vanilla flan, lime tart, Normandy tart and pineapple crumble, it seems almost cruel to have to choose between them. At the very end of the finish, cocoa powder mixed with dried fruit (date, fig) tactfully covers the aromatic palette. Fragrances of geranium blossom and flavours of wild peach and bourbon vanilla illuminate a very fresh retro-nasal olfaction. The empty glass reveals notes of Havana cigar, flambéed banana, coriander and coffee.
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The smallest distillery on Martinique, Neisson resembles a complex kaleidoscope of green and pink houses, as if they were trying to imitate the luscious surrounding vegetation. Since 1931, three generations have succeeded one after the other at the head of the distillery, preserving the skills and expertise of the greatest Martinique tradition. Grégory Vernant-Neisson, in his early forties and currently at the head of the distillery, describes their Martinique Agricultural Rum AOC: “The most important thing to understand about Martinique rum from is that it’s produced directly from sugar cane juice, and not molasses.” Behind the Neisson philosophy lies a great respect for the value of the land and its properties. Because Martinique, with its volcanic soil and climate (particularly in the north of the island where the distillery is located) has a particularly strong influence on the aromatic palette of Neisson Rums and their unique flavours.

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Zbigniew G. published 07/11/2020 following an order made on 08/10/2020

5/5

what a rhum. i love it

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