Rhum Neisson L'Esprit 70% / by Suzanne Long

Photo by Suzanne Long.

Rhum Neisson L’Esprit 70% - This rhum was first produced on the 70th anniversary of the Neisson distillery in 2002, and is now bottled as a special edition once per year. It is produced from blue and crystal cane all grown in the distillery’s own cane fields in La Thieubert (other marks from this brand use cane blends from up to 16 different plantations on the island). The rhum is pulled straight from the Savalle all copper still and placed to rest in stainless steel vats for 6 months before bottling. It is never diluted, but bottled at full distilled strength. The nose has an extremely vegetal quality, almost like brine and fresh tomato leaves. Its savory nature follows through to an amazingly drinkable rhum for the remarkable ABV. It makes a huge, fantastic, unapologetic daiquiri.