La Mauny V.S.O.P. shows a rich, reddish brown amber color, suggesting a refined qualities to come. Upon first sniff, you’ll notice the distinct agricole-style, as complex aromas unfold in layer after beautiful layer, revealing charcoal and fresh cut wood, new dry leather, light fresh tobacco, slightly sweet vanilla, autumn spices, pumpkin, brown sugar, dried fruit (orange, raisin, cranberry, black cherry), and finally a subtle organic cane scent. So individual are its aromas that you could pick this rhum out in a blind sniffing contest.
The pleasing initial taste is thoroughly consistent with the aromas but more pronounced, with wood smoke, leather, tobacco, and carburized brown sugar. Sipping elicits the entire range of scents and flavors you could imagine as if you’re walking through one of La Mauny’s aging rooms – truly a musty, woody, aromatic, heady, authentic rhum experience.
A medium body spreads the rhum’s flavors over the tongue in perfect timing for your palate to discover them in proper order before the semi-sweet finish closes with licorice, then dries at very end. -rndrumreviews.com