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Séverin Rhum Viex 4 ans

Review: Séverin Rhum Viex 4 ans   83.5/100
Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
December 13, 2020

Domaine de Séverin is a small Agrilcole Rhum distillery on Guadalupe (an overseas region of France consisting of a group of islands in the Lesser Antilles chain in the eastern Caribbean Sea). It was really hard to find out anything substantial about this relatively unknown distiller. I found their website, but if you checked that link up above you will see that other than displaying nice bottle shots of their family of french style rhum, there really is not a lot of information to be gleaned.

I did find a brief history of the Domaine on the Lone Caner’s website and I’ll link to that here for those who are interested.

Séverin Rhum Viex 4 ans is advertised by Domaine de Séverin as a four year old spirit which has been aged in former American oak barrels (Bourbon). The Rhum is bottled at 42 % abv and is said to be a supple rum with notes of vanilla, cooked banana and a finish of exotic fruits.

In The Bottle  4/5

The bottle and label for this rhum are pretty standard fare. This is to be expected as the small producer does not appear to market the spirits they produce to a very wide market. Resources are probably quite limited for PR and label design.

In The Glass  8/10

Colour: Pale gold representing the hue of a typical 4 year old spirit.

Legs: Small droplets on the crest form slender legs which move quickly.

Nose: Light and herbal with a mild oak presence. Camphor, mint and resin mix with wisps of butterscotch, vanilla and banana are present as is a hint of orange peel. There is a hint of almond as well.

In the Mouth  50.5/60

The taste is light and pleasant guided by herbals flavours typical of Rhum Agricole. There is a mingling of butterscotch, almond and vanilla with hints of herbal mint, raisins, and camphor. Fine oak spices provide a little heat, but not too much. The herbal nature of the flavour reminds me of heather and willow with a dash of grassy mint and anise. Banana and citrus as well as banana peel and lime zest have joined in.

This is actually quite delightful, and the only thing keeping the score down is the relative you of the spirit.

In The Throat  12.5/15

A bit of alcohol heat makes it though the exit to swat at the tonsils just a bit. Orange Peel, fine oak spices, vanilla and butterscotch seem to linger just a little while before being overtaken by herbal grasses and a touch of menthol.

The Afterburn 8.5/10

Séverin Rhum Viex 4 ans is a good example of a light agricole-style rhum. It has a subtle elegance and mild flavour which I really appreciated. Although it can be sipped, I suspect the spirit is intended more as a mixer. My recommendation in that arena would be a Ti Punch, the construction of which I have shared below.

If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.

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Ti Punch

2 oz Séverin Rhum Viex 4 ans
1/2 oz Sugar syrup (1:1 ratio)
2  Lime Quarters
Ice

Add the ice-cubes to a rocks glass
Pour the Séverin Rhum over ice
Add Sugar Syrup
Squeeze 1/4 Lime into the serving and stir
Test the serving and squeeze more lime from the other lime quarter as desired

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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You may (loosely) interpret the scores as follows.

0-25     A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    Now we have a fair mixing rum or whisky.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84    We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89    Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94    Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping

 

 
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