Following up my previous look at Rhum J.M.’s Blanc and Gold offering’s I decided to take a look at Rhum J.M.’s VSOP offering.
Starting off with the unaged rhum that’s used in their blanc offering, Rhum J.M. ages this offering in a combination of American oak barrels and French Limousin barrels for a final product that is a combination of rhums aged up to ten years.
Any time sampling a spirit brings a smile to your face upon that first taste you know that’s a good sign. Rhum JM’s VSOP Rhum did just that.
Starting with a hint of caramel, the spirit takes over each and every one of your taste buds and fills them with pure joy. That first hint of a caramel is nearly forgotten as you’re hit with notes of espresso that are in constant battle for attention with notes of cocoa for the life of the party. While not as attention hogging as the flavors of espresso and cocoa, the presence of nuances of orange zest and orange marmalade jump out towards the end of the show, with a final finish that conjures a hint of tobacco.
Final Score: 9/10
And now for a new cocktail using Rhum J.M.’s VSOP Rhum:
The Wednesday Pick Me Up
2oz Rhum J.M. VSOP Rhum
Â¾ oz Creole Shrubb Orange Liqueur
Â¼ oz Cynar
1 Dash Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters
1 oz Espresso Syrup
Garnish with Burnt Orange Zest