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Valinch & Mallet Diamond The Spirit of Art Versailles 1996 27yr 52,6%

RX16245 Good Pot Still Rum Single Cask 221 bottles Under 250€
“Balanced mouth, hints of caramel and prunes, warm brown sugar finish.”

The Spirit of Art Versailles, distilled in 1996 at Guyana's Diamond distillery and aged for 27 years, offers a unique blend of aromas and flavors. Predominantly noted for its vanilla and oak scent, it also exudes hints of dried apricot and nutty undertones. On the palate, you'll find a balanced blend of licorice and woody notes with a touch of caramel and prune. While some say it lacks intensity, others appreciate its round warmth and subtle complexity. This limited release of only 221 bottles is a rare find for collectors and rum enthusiasts alike, delivering a refined tasting experience with notes of cassonade and slight bitterness in the finish. Ideal for those who enjoy nuanced, aged rums. Keywords: Guyana rum, aged rum, limited release, vanilla, oak, licorice.

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How does this rum taste?

The Spirit of Art Versailles" by Valinch & Mallet is a 27-year aged rum with notes of caramel, fruits, and wood, but it lacks complexity and has an uneven alcohol integration. Drinkable, but not extraordinary, leaving some expectations unmet.

Most frequently mentioned flavors


Vanilla Oak Dried apricot Dried fruit Nutty Toasted


Licorice Vanilla Barrel Unknown Woody Bitter


Woody Licorice Raisin Medicinal Tobacco Fresh

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“A rum tasted at the WLP. The alcohol stings a little on the nose and the aromas struggle to express themselves, varnished wood and fermented yellow fruit. The palate is more balanced than the nose, full-bodied with caramel and prunes. You can almost feel crystallized brown sugar on the sides of the tongue. The finish is a little too bitter, but with lovely fruit.”


Alcoholic Yellow fruits Overripe Varnish


Caramel Prunes Brown sugar
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“#4122 This one was a huge disappointment. The overall profile is not very well balanced and I wonder if they just had to do a quick set this time? Had expected way more from this set 😮”


Woody Vanilla Raisin Herbal Licorice


Woody Licorice Dried fruit Bitter Vanilla
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“Terrible désillusion pour Valinch & Mallet. Un blend millésimé entre Diamond et Versailles laissait beaucoup d’espoirs, mais que nenni. On se trouve en face d’un rhum très réservé, qui peine à s’aérer avec le bois, la vanille, la réglisse, les fruits secs et les notes herbacées. La timidité est encore plus flagrante en bouche. Épices, bois, caramel, fruits secs et légers zestes de citron font face à une amertume déconcertante et à une longueur très limitée. Aucun punch dans les saveurs en bouche. Par ailleurs, l’intégration de l’alcool est perfectible. La finale manque de longueur et souffre du manque d’arômes exprimé au nez et au palais. On retrouve un côté médicinal sur les plantes et le tabac, mais le constant reste sans appel : un terrible assemblage continental qui ne vaut pas son prix et qui ternit l’image d’un embouteilleur qui a habitué à mieux.”


Vanilla Woody Raisin Herbal Oak


Licorice Vanilla Woody Barrel Bitter

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What are the key facts about this rum?

The Spirit of Art
Pot Still Rum
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27 years
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Under 250€
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What is the price trend for this rum?

157 €
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About the Diamond distillery

The Diamond distillery is located in Guyana. Rums from Diamond have been reviewed 2,989 times with an average of 8.3/10.

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