Neisson is a brand of rhum agricole made at the Habitation Thieubert on the coast of Martinique, and imported by Ed Hamilton of Caribbean Spirits. All of the Niesson rums have AOC Martinique status. Neisson was founded in 1931 by Jean and Adrien Niesson, and today, their grandson Grégory Vernat runs the distillery. It is one of the last rhum agricole distilleries left under family control.
Niesson is made from 40 hectares of sugar cane grown without pesticides, which is harvested and pressed. The resulting liquid is fermented over a three day period, then distilled in a Savalle column distillation. Niesson's total production is around 400,000 liters per year. Niesson makes three rums:
Blanc is distilled in a single column copper still, then rested for three months before bottling. It is clear, with a floral citrus aroma and some cane-grassyness with an oily-sweet flavor.
Élevé Sous Bois is aged for 18 months in 20,000 liter vats made of new French oak, and is bottled at 100 proof. Élevé Sous Bois is pale amber and clear, with aromas and flavors of almond, hazelnut, flowers, and grass.
Réserve Spéciale is a blend of rums aged for up to ten years in a mix of French and American oak barrels. It is dark brown and clear, with aromas and flavors of spicy wood, roasted nuts, cane syrup and dark fruit flavors.