La Mauny 1749

La Mauny 1749

Product of:  Martinique
Aged: 12 months or more
Price: 
€25 / 70cl
Alcohol: 40% ABV 
Sugar: 0 g/L 
Context:  Rhum Agricole Vieux
RG Rating: 8.5

Tasting Notes
Extremely Smooth.  In the often referenced “Amber” spectrum, La Mauny 1749 is perfectly centered between the lighter gold and darker mahogany or copper colors.  It’s a beautiful rum, deeper in color than its brief aging would indicate.  Aromas are mildly smoky and cane sweet, with a bit of  oak and a slight earthiness, reminiscent of sugar cane and lemon grass. The subtle sweetness brings with it some spice (nutmeg, allspice) and fruit (apricot peel) and finally anise.  A pleasantly mild initial taste makes for easy sipping, with flavors that mirror the aromas and bring additional delicacies of caramel and licorice. The medium weight body quickly develops a greater depth and viscosity on the tongue before finishing off-dry with sweet new leather, and a little oaky caramel. 

Anecdotes 
La Mauny was founded in 1749 by Comte de Mauny as a sugar plantation (what else?).  It is now the French West Indies’ largest distillery and the largest distiller of rhum agricole in the Caribbean, with a well deserved reputation for quality.  The 1749  rhum was introduced in 2010 by La Mauny as a relatively mild agricole aimed squarely at the US market.  1749 shows a deeper color and is smother than you’d expect from aging just 12+ months in French oak.

Opinion 
La Mauny has produced a winner with 1749 - extremely smooth with delightfully complex aromas and delicious mild flavors.  Thoroughly enjoyable to sip, and coupled with an affordable low price, 1749 is just right for these times.

Reviewed:  December 2010 at the Rum Gallery, USA. 

© Dave Russell 2017