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even my whiskey friends enjoy sharing this rum with me.


According to the label this is Single Estate Mauritian rum. Since geography was never my strong suit I have to look up where Mauritius is. It turns out to be an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 1200 miles off the African coast. From some of the photos I've seen, it looks like a wonderful place to take a vacation. Now if I could only win a big lottery.

But I digress...

I have to say from the outset that I find this rum delightful. It has a beautiful light amber hue and has an equally wonderful aroma. Swirling it in my snifter reveals excellent legs. My bottle is from Batch #1. I've seen Batch #4 reviewed online. I haven't a clue as to how they all differ. I'd love to find out. Maybe they'd send me some to compare? Oh well...one can dream.

Once again I digress...

There is an oiliness to it that keeps in on the tongue long enough to enjoy the flavors. There is a distinct vanilla/caramel combination along with an oak buzz from the barrels in which the rum is aged. There's a slight pepperiness as well. Although it is 88.2 proof (44.1% ABV) there really isn't much of a burn. Rather there is an appreciative warmth in the back of the throat which lingers a bit before fading. It is quite smooth with just an appreciable tad of sweetness. I personally do not detect any sweetening with this rum. This is an excellent sipping rum and I recommend it.


Ordered a shot of this at a local rum bar. (Twice.) Holy cow—this is some good stuff. Only slightly sweet, no added sugar, and very, very smooth. Slightly smokey from the barrel-aging. If only it wasn't so darned hard to find in my area...

8+ (original rating 9-)


Sugar: 0 GPL. This is pure classic rum. No sugar or additives. Similar to the Mt Gay 1703 XO, but this rum has a natural sweetness with a trace of citrus from aging in cognac barrels. The wood, tobacco, honey,fruit, and vanilla are all present and balanced quite well in this mix. This rum has a strong flavour but is quite smooth with some bite. For those that don't like sweetened rum, this is a good one to purchase.


Very tasty, very smooth sipping rum with fragrant oak, toffee and spice. Similar flavor profile to top-tier Bajans. It has a natural sweetness despite zero added sugar, color or filtering. My bottle is from Batch #1, distilled at 88 proof. Eager to try Batch #2, which is supposed to be even better, though I can't imagine how...

Update Nov. 2016...Just tried Batch #4. Excellent. 9/10.

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If you like agricole rhum and cognac, I reccommend this.

Nose: floral, gorgeous, orange, light oak

Taste: honey, brown cane suger, but not too sweet,

Finish: apricot,


Batch #001
Beautiful light yellow color.

Trying this neat and I am having a hard time placing the aromas. I will try with a few drops of water soon.

Mouth feels is what I would expect from a 44% ABV. Maybe the little water will change that.

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Batch 001.

This is definitely a cognac aged rum, with a little whisky aging as well. I like it, but I think the cognac/whisky have a little too much influence. I generally prefer straight rum.

Smells and tastes of cognac, whisky, and a touch of vanilla and honey. Nice at 44%abv, but not enough rum flavor for me to rate it higher.


Vibrant oak and caramelized portobello mushrooms! Bitter chocolate and orange citrus! Bourbon vanilla! The nose is HUGE. The drink is dry and sharp almost stringent and bottled at 43.2 the heat numbs and lingers. I paired Blue Penny with Kiwi, black cherries, raw almonds, dried turkish apricots and extremely tart green just about to start blushing gravenstein apples. Fight fire with fire it's said and my oh my these acidic mates really brought out the warm smokey qualities of this rum.
I'm a fan and though pricey I have found a place that out the door lessens my wealth by $53.99 which is great because I have seen it around the $70.00 mark at a so called 'mega store'. Would I spend $70.00 for this rum? The competition is fierce at that mark and not just for rum!! Options are a plenty why not spend a little more and drink with the angels!? Well Penny Blue skies shine bright and life is good as is. At half a century this is top of the peak sipping rum for the Scotch whiskey and dry rum lovers.


Smooth with with a lasting aftertaste. Easy drinking. Pleasant fresh aroma. Worth a trip to Mauritius to buy a bottle.


Tried batch 2, expected very dry stuff, but is was more to my taste with the molasses flavor playing bigger part.


Pleasant amber rum, soft with aromas of wood, citrus, cognac and vanilla. The taste is sober, but good, nothing extraordinary.

Agradable Ron de color ámbar, suave con aromas de madera, cítricos, coñac y vainilla. El sabor es sobrio, pero bueno, nada extraordinario.

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Strong nose, a deep oakey taste, only slightly sweet (no added sugar), and a dry aftertaste. Nice Stuff


Rhum proveniente dalle Mauritius con un buon grado alcolico. Colore a brat o con note di frutta tropicale e vaniglia

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I am referring to batch no 4: nice bottle, amber colour; this is a complex and flavorful rum; for the aging process bourbon and whisky barrels have been used with a dominant proportion of whisky barrels for batch no 4. This can be easily recognized when tasting this rum. Tropical fruits and spice dominate the taste together with that hint of whisky-dryness. Very nice, fruity and long lasting aftertaste. From my view a very special rum. According to producer information no artificial coloring is used and the rum is not chill filtered which is very much appreciated.


Very nice, smooth and tasty rum. Similar to cognac taste, I definitely recommend this rum.


Had a chance to try Penny Blue VSOP and XO back-to-back and what a massive surprise how close they are to each other. The XO is just a tiny bit smoother than the VSOP, but the smell test is almost identical and the taste test is very hard to distinguish which is which. They both earn a 6 on my books.


This is a lovely rum full of fruity and slightly spicy flavour, very nice to sip on its own or with a mixer


Von der kleinen Insel Mauritius, im indischen Ozean und nicht weit vom afrikanischen Kontinent entfernt, produziert. Ich hatte die Ehre diesen Rum in einem schönen Hotel direkt am Strand zu geniessen und es kann sein, dass die Umgebung und die Atmosphäre meine Bewertung positiv beeinflusst 😉.

Ein wunderbar weicher Rum, sehr komplex in seiner Struktur und fein im Abgang ist. Nicht zu süss und hinterlässt einen Hauch Aprikose im Gaumen.


Rhum mauricien de style anglais à base de mélasse. Une bouche sur la vanille, les fruits et les épices.
Doux et suave. Très long en bouche. Je l'ai dégusté avec une tartelette au citron : très bel accord !


I taste vanilla and oak with bourbon at the back. Reminds me strongly of Mount Gay. Will have to get a bottle of the XO Mount Gay to compare side to side. Nose is quite strong. Sweet with a dry finish. After some dark chocolate a mouthful tasted a bit like acetone so that was a pairing that did not work!!


Goût rond et aromatique, quoique un peu sec. Nez cependant sec et très piquant, tout comme la fin de bouche.


The nose smells orange and some oriental spices.They disappeare on the tongue, where I have oak and dates. The oak lasts as a very smooth aftertaste. A bit too much burn of alcool, though. A pity!


Un rhum excellent : le nez s'ouvre sur des notes de noyaux, d'amande... de kirsch un léger boisé- vanillé vient compléter avec discrétion ces subtiles effluves. La bouche apparaît plus simple, sèche, légèrement vineuse et orientée sur les épices. La finale est tout en subtilité, elle vous réchauffe le haut du palais.

An excellent rum: the nose opens with notes of kernels, almonds ... kirsch a light woody vanilla comes to complement with discretion these subtle fragrances. The mouth appears simpler, dry is slightly vinous and oriented on spices. The finish is all in subtlety, it warms you up the palate.

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