La Maison Velier
This is a rum distilled in Fiji in 2014 and matured mostly in the tropics. Matured for 2 years in the tropics, and one year in Europe. I really like Fijian rum, as evidenced by XXX/Four, so I'm looking forward to this as well. Let's dive in.
Sweet and fruity, with some funk in the back. Lots going on here, so delightful and inviting. Brown sugar, mango and papaya, light funk and some sweet toffee. A little bit of oak, a hint of rising bread. Funk grows with time but the sweetness is what hooks you first.
Rich on the palate, really coats well. Sweet oak, a hint of toffee and some molasses. Funk sweeps in with a sweet, fruity quality. There’s no death and misery here, just bright esters and fruit. Melon, some pepper. Complexity is really quite nice.
Long, sweet and fruity. A hair less complex than the palate but it’s pleasant and lingers well. The heat grows a hair, a little more than I’d expect for 48% but that’s just fine.
Overall this is pretty enjoyable, and totally different from XXX/Four, which is nice. Lots going on, this is a competent bottling I’m really enjoying.