Rhumerie du Simon 15yo, 2004-2019, 61% – The Duchess

I decided that the summery weather warrants a summery drink, and what’s more summery than rum? Daiquiris maybe, but apart from that I can’t really think of anything.

So, I picked this sample that Best of Wines recently sent me, and didn’t really do any further validation of this decision. So, now I sit here, with the first drink of the day being a rum at 61%. Let’s take this one slow!

Rhumerie du Simon seems to be a very low key operation, since the first page of Google contained 6 links to this particular bottle, and some links to info about the distillery. No other products. The second page contained another release, but only from an auction site.

Should I have read up on the distillery then? Probably. Did I do that? No. Why not? Not a clue. It’s Friday afternoon. I’m exhausted from yet another week of managing work, 3 kids and, somehow, my mental health. I am just looking for a drink and doing a review of that.

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Image from Best of Wines

Sniff:
It’s quite light, with some syrupy sweetness at first. The alcohol makes itself known with some chili heat. The lightness in combination with the alcohol does make it a bit solvent like. Somehow, and I can’t pinpoint why, this reminds me of some evenings I had on holiday in Mexico. People having dinner on the town square in Campeche, with desserts being served. So, fruity sweetness with pineapple and mango, with a bit of a green agave like hint.

Sip:
Well, this is hot. The alcohol really needs some time to settle and it starts off rather numbing, with chili heat and some dry oak and sawdust. The green hint of cactus or agave is back on the palate, again with pineapple and mango. Maybe some guava too. After about half a minute of swimming it gets a bit quieter with hints of molasses and brown sugar, on top of the fruitiness.

Swallow:
The finish gets a bit more lively at first and is quite warming on the way down. The fruitiness is a bit diminished, with more notes of soft oak, molasses and sugar cane.

Well, apart from the trip down memory lane that this rum triggered, I can honestly say that it is a pretty fine rum in itself. It’s nicely fruity without being overly sweet. Quite tropical, with hints of green plants (sugar cane, cactus, agave) to keep the fruitiness in check, and some soft notes of oak for more balance and depth.

A cracking pick from the guys at Best of Wines / The Duchess and a recommended one!

88/100

Rhumerie du Simon, 14yo, 2004-2019, Bourbon barrel #14, Martinique, 61%, available in quite some shops, Best of Wines sells it for € 89

Thanks for the sample guys, much obliged!

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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