J Bally Rhum Vieux Agricole Martinique 7 ans Pyramide Cl 70
Thanks to the founder’s intuition, for more than seventy years, in Carbet, an area of choice for sugar cane cultivation, Bally has been producing its splendid vintage rums. Great rums like great wines; in fact, sugarcane has different characteristics for each crop that require distinctive distillation and aging.
Habitation Lajus has been in existence since 1670, and was bought in 1917 by Jacques Bally, who renovated it and built on the remains of the small sucrerie the distillery, installing a steam engine and a créole column designed by himself. Since 1924 he has systematically put part of his production into aging. In 1930 Jacques
designed and made the ‘Pyramide’ bottle and the ‘carré’ bottle, and both are unchanged to this day. In the 1950s and 1960s, Bally’s millesimates have a reputation as the best agricultural rums in the world. In 1976 Bally was produced by Saint James, again in the original créole column.
In 1987, after Yves Hayot bought the brand, the column was moved to Le Simon. The brand comes back into the possession of Saint James in 1997, but the now exhausted column is not transferred. Saint James continues to produce Bally with a distinct process, both in terms of distillation and aging.
The oldest Bally is the 1924, now a very rare bottle, more so the 1929, the second oldest still available. In the 1960s normally Bally’s bottlings are no more than 6 years old, an age considered the best in Caribbean climates for perfect aromatic balance. Vintages up to the first half of the 1980s have a very high value in collectibles today, while those after the mid-1990s go down because the distillation column is no longer the original one.
The range currently on the market includes Rhum Blanc at 40° and 50°, ideal for the preparation of T’Punch, the cocktail that encompasses all the fragrances of the West Indies; Paille, i.e., aged 18 months in large barrels; and late 90s and early millennials, as well as the usual 7- and 12-year pyramids