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Neisson Profile 105 - distilled by Neisson - Martinique French West Indies

First bottled in 2018, Profile 105 refers to the preparation of the oak barrels. For this rum, the Neisson distillery turned to World Cooperage for the acquisition of new barrels. Numerous tests were conducted with oak from different sources and different toasting profiles. Finally, fine grained 225-liter barrels, seasoned for 36 months, made of American oak staves were selected. The toasting profile, number 105 whose characteristics are exclusive for Neisson, was retained.

Before being filled with rhum that will bear the Profile name the barrels are first filled with white rhum for four months to allow the tannins and bitterness of the new barrels to soften. On February 23, 2015, 15 barrels were filled with fresh white rhum from the Neisson and put to rest in their aging warehouse on the distillery property. In October 2016, six barrels were selected to be integrated into the 2000-liter vats to be destined for the creation of cask strength rum with the name Profile 105 having 54.2% alcohol by volume.

This is the first AOC Martinique Rhum Agricole to have been aged in new American oak barrels.

The soft copper hue of the spirit and light citrus, roasted coffee and balsamic notes in the aroma are the first indications that this is special rhum.

Warm spice, smoky oak and dark fruit fill the body of this aged rhum, relenting to a long, rich finish of spice, coffee, fruit, sugar cane and oak. The higher proof and newer wood are evident in the finish of this aged rhum. Product Sheet
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Item ABV Volume Case UPC
N-P105-6 54.2% 750ml 6 8 18367 00012 6
Neisson harvests sugar cane from 17 plots of land that are either owned or leased by the family. Different canes are grown on these plots according to soil, irrigation and sunlight conditions on each plot.
Neisson cane cutting
Cane cutting begins at sunrise and by early afternoon, everything that has been cut has been trucked to the distillery where it has been weighed, crushed and the juice put into the stainless steel fermentation tanks.
Neisson cane cutting

A combination of wild yeast strains, cultivated from the sugar cane fields at Neisson are grown in France by a champagne yeast producer. The criteria for the yeast is the flavor, resistance to high temperatures during fermentation and yeast that will effect complete fermentation.

Sugar cane is harvested during the first six months of the year when the cane has the highest sugar content. Once the tropical rainy season showers arrive in July the sugar content plummets and there isn't enough sugar in the cane to effect good fermentation.

Neisson was the first distillery on Martinique to use all stainless steel fermentation tanks. The tanks were designed to maximize the natural circulation of the fermenting cane juice by using the effect of the rising carbon dioxide gas formed during fermentation to increase the heat transfer from the juice to the tank where that heat is dissipated to the atomosphere or to water that is dripped from the top edge of the tank.
Neisson Fermentation Tank

Distillation takes place in a modified Savale still. The single-column, copper still takes the approximately 5% sugar cane juice wine and strips the alcohol from the wine and concentrates it to about 72% Alcohol by Volume.
Neisson Still
The copper still at Neisson was custom made by Savalle. It has been refurbished several times since it was installed in 1932 as the copper is depleted by sulphur compounds in the fermented vesou, or cane juice wine.
All of the clear distillate passes through the sight glass. Gauges above the sight glass monitor temperature at several points in the ten meter tall still.
Other products from Neisson imported by Caribbean Spirits Inc.
Item No. ABV Volume Btl/Case UPC
N-15YR-6 44.7% 1 L 6
N-18YR-6 43.6% 1 L 6
N-B-12 50% 1 L 12 8 18367 00001 0
N-B52.5-6 52.5% 1 L 6 8 18367 00001 0
N-B-6 50% 1 L 6 8 18367 00001 0
N-ESB-6 50% 1 L 6 818367 00003 4
N-B70-6 70% 1 L 6 8 18367 00001 0
N-RS-6 42% 1 L 6 8 18367 00004 1
N-SB2013-6 50.8% 750 ml 6 8 18367 00014 0
N-SB2014-6 51% 750 ml 6 8 18367 00013 3
N-SB2015-6 57% 750 ml 6 8 18367 00016 4
N-VPN-6 45% 750 ml 6 8 18367 00016 4
N-OB-6 52.5% 750 6 8 18367 00009 6