Bologne Reserve Speciale is a relatively new product at this distillery. Aged at least four years in used cognac barrels, and bottled at 42% ABV, this aged rhum agricole delivers a balanced spirit without any rough edges. The first thing to notice is that the used cognac barrels don't dominate the flavor of the rhum but rather enhance the smooth sugar distillate character of the rhum. The vegetal notes of the blanc are muted delivering a smooth sipping rhum with a lingering slightly wood finish. French oak barrels tend to deliver more soft nutmeg and vanilla notes and less smoky oak notes typically found in rums aged in used American whiskey barrels. Depsite the fact that this is aged in used cognac barrels,there is no sugar added to this aged rhum agricole.
Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg spice on the nose
lead to an indulgent medley of carmelized custard brulee, baked apple freshly and grated spice followed by a lingering oak finish with slight hints of smoke. Thirty years ago when I first tasted Bologne Blanc, nothing was being aged at this distillery. At the time, I wished I had the facility to age some of that rum. Today, Bologne is aging a few of their rums and I'm happy to say my expectations were exceeded. This is an allocated product so it isn't cheap but well worth adding to any serious rhum agricole collection.
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