Neisson Profil 105 Bio
Why it’s different
Neisson Profil 105 Bio is a surprising rum. Despite its short barrel ageing, it is very complex, almost as complex as in vieux. The barrels used to age Neisson Profil 105 are new, carefully chosen after numerous tests in collaboration with World Cooperage. The barrels are made up equally of French and American oak staves that have been matured for at least three years. These barrels are previously used to hold white agricultural rums for about 4 months, a process that allows the release of excess tannins, as well as the bitter note of the wood that would be too strong for ageing in a tropical climate. They are then refilled with rum, which will rest for at least 18 months, thus becoming an 'elevè sous bois', one of the categories in the AOC Martinique classification. Profil 105, of which there is also a very rare organic version, benefits from all the characteristics of new wood and is an absolutely astonishing 12-month rum with an impressive flavour profile for its young age.
How do I drink it?
It can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. In blending it is perfect for the President, with pleasant vanilla notes and toasted wood.
The Neisson distillery was founded in 1932 by the Neisson brothers in the commune of Le Cabret, located in the north-west of Martinique, a perfect area for the cultivation of the best sugar cane, given the large presence of lava soil. Owner Gregory Vernant Neisson is now the last master distiller on the island. In his own fields, the sugar cane is harvested by hand to preserve its quality. Neisson still owns a plot where the unhybridized Cristalline cane variety grows. It is the only hectare of Cristalline to have survived outside the pristine island of Haiti. Besides Cristalline, Neisson grows two other unhybridised varieties, Malavoi and Rubanée. The three old varieties, after a long struggle, became part of the AOC Martinique. A few years ago, Gregory Vernant Neisson began the complex process of converting all his land to organic farming, and today he can boast the Label Bio, which is unique in the world of rum. Neisson is also a pioneer in the field of ageing, being the first in the world among producers to have undertaken the use of new barrels.