Clément VSOP is a rhum agricole, matured for a year in virgin French oak barrels, before a three maturation in re-charred bourbon barrels. A firm hit of spicy oak heats the palate. There are underlying flavors of dry raisins, coconut and soft banana and almond. After we sip a few more times more fruitiness particularly green grapes and gooseberries is apparent. If you like dry spirits then the Clément V.S.O.P. is certainly a sipper with or without ice.
Nose: Fruity, green. Orchard fruits, herbal. Oak, vanilla, sweetness.
Palate: Light in body, but nonetheless spiced and warming. Crisp fruits, plenty of oak, orchard fruits.
Finish: Ends on apple peels, spice and toffee.