About Martinique Spirits

The leading spirit in Martinique is rum; made from cane juice; it is known as Rhum Martinique Agricole. There are blanc (white), "élevé sus bois" (cask aged) and "vieux"(extra aged) versions. Minimum alcohol level is 40%.

Older Martinique rums, aged six years or longer, are deep amber or bronze in color and offer notes of brown sugar, caramelized nuts, coconut and meringue; medium to full-bodied, these rums have a long finish with notes of tobacco and brown spices. They are priced from $25 to $60, a result of their quality as well as their limited production.
Top Picks for Martinique
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Saint James
Rhum Imperial Blanc Agricole
Clear color. Grassy, herbal, complex aromas of potting soil, cigarette, cascara, and fresh starfruit with a supple, vibrant, dryish thin body and a peppery, elegant, very long bone marrow, whole apricot, fine china, and sugar snap pea and pimento finish. A slow-developing Agricole that rewards the drinker with a flavor journey.
95 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214984
Clément
6 Year Old Très Vieux Rhum Agricole
Amber color. Delicate, complex aromas and flavors of sandalwood, chocolate tropical fruits, cedar cigar box, and creme brulee with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, long oak spice, minerals, pink peppered nuts, and tobacco finish. A great cigar rum with lots of oak character.
95 points $59.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218857
Saint James
Rhum Paille Agricole
Brilliant gold color. Rubbery aromas of packaged ground coffee and matcha, plantain chips, charred vanilla bean, and dry earth with a crisp, medium body and a peppery, thought-provoking, medium-long bone marrow, charred artichoke, dried oregano and anise, and wilted arugula finish. An earthy Agricole for contemplative sipping.
94 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218912
Clément
X.O. Rhum Agricole
Medium golden amber color. Complex, elegant aromas of caramelized peach, fruit punch, fruit cake, and leather with a glycerous, lively, dryish medium body and a tingling, nuanced, long chocolate biscotti, almond croissant, ginger snap, and menthol mint finish. An exciting sipping rum with oscillating notes of fruits, nuts, and herbs.
94 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214985
Clément
Canne Bleue Rhum
Clear color. Lively, earthy, grassy aromas of fresh cut cane stalk, fresh meringue, nougat, and hint of pickled papaya with a soft, shy, dryish full body and a warming, nuanced, long coconut milk, minerals, powdered sugar and pepper, and grass finish. A rich, creamy white rum with lots of earthy minerality and cane notes that will be sensational in cocktails.
93 points $34.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214983
Rhum J.M
XO Rum
Golden amber color. Rich, complex, spicy aromas and flavors of pickling spices, honeyed dried tropical fruits, toffee, and creme brulee with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long cola, sandalwood, peppercorns, and leather finish. A superb, complex, aged sipping rum with cascading waves of flavor.
93 points $74.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206735
Rhum Clément
Rhum Vieux Agricole Select Barrel
Amber color. Aromas of caramelized nuts and cola with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nicely restrained wet stone and pepper accented finish. A stylish sipper or cocktail choice.
93 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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J.M. Shrubb
Liqueur d'Orange
Dull amber color. Aromas of freshly peeled orange and cinnamon with a glycerous, bright, sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-length allspice, vanilla, eucalyptus, and honey finish. A complex, spicy orange liqueur that will dress up margaritas and sidecars.
92 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214982
Rhum J.M
VO Rum
Brilliant golden amber color. Delicate, toasty, complex aromas and flavors of fresh praline, vanilla cola float, chocolate covered fruits, and delicate brown spices and tropical blossoms with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length cedar, spiced nuts, minerals, and sassafras finish. A rich and spicy ambre agricole rum with fine balance and length.
92 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211756
Rhum Clément
Creole Shrubb Liqueur
Light gold color. Bold, citrusy aromas of orange chutney and peppery spices with a silky, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, distinctive, medium-long praline and herbs and spices finish. A superb orange liqueur with great vibrancy and texture for cocktails.
92 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab