La Mauny 62% Overproof

La Mauny 62-RG4

Product of:  Martinique
Aged: NA
€9.50 / $12.69  (per Liter, purchased on Martinique)
Alcohol: 62% ABV 
Sugar: 0 g/L 
Context:  Rhum Blanc Agricole
RG Rating: 9.5

Tasting Notes 
Very Smooth.  Regarding appearance, despite the high %ABV, the rhum delivers several wide legs that sheen the side of your tasting glass, and it is crystal clear, like a fresh distillate.

La Mauny rhums are characterized by fruity aromas and subtle floral perfumes and some spice notes.  Their 62% rhum blanc, bottled at nearly the strength that the spirit came off the column still, personifies these attributes.   Indeed, its aromas are so close to cane if you weren’t allowed to see what was poured into your glass, your nose might mistake La Mauny 62 for pure fresh cane juice.  Get a little closer however, and the 62% ethanol makes its unmistakeable presence known quite powerfully.  Carefully sniffing deeper, the essence is sweet of alcohol and white orchid,  pure sugarcane juice, coconut, and mild notes of sweet buttery pastry and vanilla.  

Sipped neat at full strength, of course your tongue will experience the drying and heating affects of the alcohol, but there’s a pleasant anise/licorice flavor throughout the medium body that lasts through to the robust finish.  

The La Mauny estate was established in 1749 by Count Joseph Ferdinand de Mauny, native of Normandy, France.  The island of Martinique is often referred to as the “Pearl of the West Indies”, and one visit will convince you.  Distillerie La Mauny isocated at Riviére Pilote, in the South part of the island.  The plantation is renowned for the beauty of its terroir and a climate that offers ideal conditions for aging rums. 

La Mauny 62 Bottlecap-RG1

According to La Mauny, their rhums “are famed for their generosity, smoothness and exuberant style, their sweet honeyed tones and vanilla notes.”  I’d have to agree with these assertions.

Regarding the 1998 vintage, La Mauny says: “Only exceptional years can offer good vintages.  Fully aromatic, powerful and well-balanced, the explosive bouquet of this fine old rum vintage 1998 is the exceptional result of a double aging process. Initially, the rum has spent six years in Bourbon oak casks to acquire strength and tonicity.  Them the “finish” in Cognac oak barrels added delicacy and subtlety to this delightful rum.  Filled into barrels in 1998 and carefully crafted by our cellar master.”

La Mauny 62 has every indication of being a perfect foundation for a classic ‘Ti Punch - understandably with more Punch no matter how Petit you construct it.  Much to my pleasant surprise then, I discovered that using La Mauny in the  classic drink of Martinique produced an elegant velvet hammer.  I’d highly recommend stocking a bottle in your personal bar if only for this simple drink alone.

Reviewed:  September 2013 at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017