The Samaroli 2001 Fiji Rum is powerful & austere, but is also smooth, ardent and sweet. The nose is a feast: balm and caramel, sea air and ripe fruit, fleshy flowers and sweet spices. Blue and green, hot sand on the beach and cool mountain rocks, sweet sun and liquid wind. A clear luminous taste, like the light of its places of origin; is impossible to ignore the similarity with the landscape of the Fiji Islands, real paradise where opposites live side by side and the Tropic of Cancer is mitigated by the uplands of the volcanic formations. An extraordinary tasting persistence that equals the memory of the images it conjures up. Its long finish is fine and elegant, its round softness measured and very refined.