Neisson 2004

88,00

Average score

Bottle Profile
Distillery Neisson
Origin Martinique
Bottler none
Type Agricole Rhum (artisanal column)
Alcohol By Volume 45,4%
Sugar Measured
Description Distilled in 2004 Bottled in july 2015 bottles produced :498
Review 4

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Review by "Lance" Score: 85

None of the 'Maniacs seem to have written anything on how old this things is, which is surprising given its price tag (about €170 or so), but both WhiskyAuction and Reference-Rhum say's it's a ten year old, so we'll go with that.  Another odd thing is the strength - my sample said 45%, and various online shops quote it as being variously 45.4%, 46.2% or 42.7% - so after some digging around it seems that 2004 was a particularly good year and several single barrel issues were made, so pay attention to which one you're getting.  Mine was evidently the 45.4% iteration made for LMDW in Paris and I accept the labelling of the sample was a misprint

Nose: Deep and controlled without sharpness, very tasty; pears, papaya, green apples; develops gradually with herbs and a sort of vegetable soup with just a hint of soy.  In the background there's some oak and aromatic pipe tobacco.

Palate: A fragrant bowl of hot soup, really quite amazing. Some floral notes, some fruitiness of tart apples and a potpourri room freshener, far from unpleasant.  Tart apples, fleshy fruits, lemon zest, maggi cubes, brine and olives, more smoke, chocolate, ginger...how the rhum navigates its way among all these flavours, where an excess of any one could sink the whole thing, is really quite extraordinary.

Finish: Very pleasant, medium long, just north of light.  Floral and fruity, guavas and pears mostly, plus some oakiness held way back.  Here sweetness and vanilla come forward which isn't entirely to my liking...but overall it closes off really well.

Thoughts: A really impressive agricole which demonstrates again why Neisson is one of the better rhum producers from Martinique.  There's just so much going on here that it demands some patience and leisurely sipping to appreciate fully.  Mixing this into a cocktail might be a punishable offense in some countries.

Review by "Serge" Score: 89

Another house that’s got a huge reputation. And they’re still family-owned! This baby’s a single cask bottling.

Nose: did I ever tell you that I love parsley and chives in my spirits? IN fact, this baby’s like when you’re nosing a steaming hot bowl of miso soup. But that won’t last forever (not only because you’ll soon quaff your soup, ha-ha), because there’s also some molasses, a box of cigars, banana skin that got black, then a pecan pie straight from the oven, certainly some kind of chocolate cake, and then, well, sugarcane. Hope it won’t be too sweet on the palate…

Palate: not at all. There’s a touch of oak but we are way below the limits (well, WF’s own limits), and then a perfect and rather complex combination involving spicy chocolate Spanish-style, roasted chestnuts, chewing tobacco, cocoa, and finally some liquorice made zestier with a little limejuice. Everything’s pretty perfect here, there could juts be even more power.

Finish: long, and rather spicier. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and white pepper. There’s quite some oak in there, but it’s been tamed. That’s what great distillates do, mind you!

Thoughts: I was expecting this, that’s this baby’s only flaw.

Review by "Marco" Score: 85

Nose: After a long time adhesive aromas, exotic fruits and oak aromas. Herbs and sugarcane. Nail polish remover, banana and caramel. A very mature rum. Honey, fruits, garnished with sugarcane deep in the glass. Bananas and apricots. Unfortunately, many flavours fade out too quickly.

Palate: Cane sugar, sugarcane and caramel flood the mouth. Then medicine, grassy aromas and herbs. Roses and herbs after a long time. Oak aromas, toffee and weak hints of menthol. More sugarcane. Briefly sweet fruits. Papayas, apricots and grapes. At the end herbs and oak flavours.

Finish: Cane sugar and caramel. Then herbs and minerals. Very briefly fruits. The finish is dry at the end.

Thoughts: I would have appreciated more flavours in this one.

Review by "Cyril" Score: 93

La robe est d’un ambré soutenu, tirant vers le cuivre, lumineuse et avec une élégance fidèle à la marque.

Nose: Le nez est merveilleusement fin et gonflé à la fois, léger mais prêt à céder sur l’instant, tout juste attaché à un boisé cristallin, d’une finesse ne dépassant pas le micron. Une ligne de vie, si mince et pourtant si importante, et imposante! Le genre de nez qui vous couvre d’entrée le cœur de joie, de couleurs, et de saveurs ensoleillées. On est ici résolument sur un nez aux notes capiteuses, ‘zestueux’ (citron vert), un nez ample et fruité (abricot, papaye), gourmand et gonflé, avec une bonne dose de coco grillée, de chocolat, de curry… On ferme les yeux, et apparaissent pêches et citrons confits, de la vanille et un peu plus de notes chocolatées. Un rhum féminin et envoûtant, le genre à jouer du charme et à gagner à tous les coups, pourvu qu’on lui résiste un peu (et je m’y efforce, croyez moi). Et ce boisé, d’une finesse insolente, et d’une complexité abyssale, se mélange harmonieusement aux épices, et nous rappelle une nouvelle fois tout le talent de Neisson, qui au delà de ne plus être à prouver, a la tache ardue de ne pas décevoir.

Palate: L’attaque est onctueuse, que dis-je, crémeuse, et vous électrise les papilles en une fraction de secondes. Il vous accroche et vous embrasse fougueusement et jalousement ; une dernière étreinte, vive et tumultueuse au fond d’un verre de rhum, qui l’aurait cru? Le liquide, rendu épais sous des ébats désarticulés, libère un torrent gustatif débordant d’exotisme et d’épices, enlacé d’agrumes, et décharge une fraicheur mentholée salutaire. Ce rhum est une caresse au palais, il est charnel, il vous flatte d’agrumes légèrement acidulés et toujours confits, d’un boisé ferme et d’épices torréfiées pour un nouveau voyage, toujours à la bonne latitude, entre terre et mer, et en oubliant surtout pas de toucher les cieux. Le chocolat est là aussi, fidèle parmi les fidèles. C’est simple : équilibre, complexité, tout y est.

Finish: La fin de bouche, triomphale et lumineuse, relâche la pression accumulée jusque là, dans une paresse captivante et désirable, foisonnante d’arômes et de notes exotiques, plantureuses et épicées, dans un râle paralysant de satisfaction béate, d’absolu.

Thoughts: Un rhum parfait, avec cette bouche si riche et magnifique, charnelle, lascive, lubrique…elle vous fait voyager loin, très loin, et le souvenir qu’elle laisse, est immortel. On dit que sous toute douceur charnelle un peu profonde, il y a la permanence d’un danger, surement celui de trouver encore mieux…

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