J. Bally Millesime Rhum Vieux Agricole 1975 750ml
So far nothing has beaten the Bally 1982, but this one is on par…perhaps better. The nose is amazing – deep purple grapes and vanilla, with the tradition of sugar cane sap, wet green lemon grass, with a mischievous hint of wet cardboard and cereals. Threading through these smells are additional notes of Turkish coffee (no sugar), cocoa and some black chocolate, but curiously there’s less fruitiness to sniff in this one than in the later editions, and it’s backgrounded by something vaguely metallic…like licking a small battery, y’know? Some cinnamon, well-polished leather, and honey fill in the spaces.
It’s creamy, spicy, sweet and salty all at once (plus lemon). In a way, it reminds me of a very well-made Thai green curry in coconut milk. The fruits are here at last – green apples, pears, white guavas, but also pastries and cheese, to which are added very light hints of creme brulee and caramel, milk chocolate, some honey and licorice. Would be interesting to know the barrel strategy on this one. Whatever. It’s a fine fine rhum to try, that’s for sure.
Medium long, vegetal, grassy and breakfast spices, for the most part, some more of the white fruit, and the woody notes are here to stay. Not the best fade, but pretty good anyway.
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