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Bellevue 1998, The Whisky Jury

Bottle Details:

Distillery: Bellevue, Guadeloupe Rum

Bottler: The Whisky Jury (TWJ)

Vintage: 1998

Bottled: 2022

Stated Age: 24 years old

Casktype: Refill barrel

Casknumber: 19

Number of bottles: 237

Strength: 54.4 % Vol.

Bellevue 1998, The Whisky Jury

  • There's a wee flag with fleur-de-lis on the label, what's that, Quebec? Remember there's a Bellevue in Guadeloupe and a Bellevue on Marie-Galante, while Marie-Galante is administratively part of Guadeloupe. Did you get it all? Colour: deep gold. Nose: kerosene and olive oil, plus brake pad dust and dried mackerels, that's what I'm getting. Also black-olive focaccia. It's true that Bellevue can get pretty extreme. With water: stunning heady flowers, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle… Plus this feeling of having just opened the Kardashians' own family-pack of liquorice allsorts. Mouth (neat): totally grand Bellevue, full of menthol, liquorice, salt, rotting bananas, acetone and varnish. What does the people want? With water: more, much more salty liquorice, Scandinavian-style. Finish: very long, salty and full of liquorice, with some kind of smoke in the aftertaste. Juniper wood? Also blood oranges and pineapples. Comments: sure this wee Bellevue doesn't go in for subtleties, but should you be a member of the Liquorice Maniacs, you'll just need this bottle. Love it while frankly, those 24 years don't really feel.  Hurray.
    SGP:652 - 90 points.

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