Rhum JM – xo
The Rum: Rhum JM- XO – 45 abv
Bottled: November 2015
Maturation: over 6 yo in re-charred ex-bourbon casks
Nose: Rich and very spicy. Influences of bourbon and even some rye, with fresh menthol notes on the background. After 10 minutes warmer with lots of vanilla now, and some aniseed (pastis). The vanilla keeps growing, but with a bit of a sour undertone lingering through.
Taste: the first attack is strong, with punchy alcohol and a bit acerbic. The bitterness grows, with loads of cocoa powder and a hint of orange peel. Verbena and a general spicy-herbal palate with always that little bitterness around the corner. In my humble opinion, it lacks the freshness and fruitiness of other agricoles – of other JM’s even.
Finish: medium long to long, switching between the sweeter and more bitter notes. Also some aniseed again, ginger and the whole shabam of spices.
Our score: ***