About Martinique Spirits

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

Saint James Rhum Imperial Blanc Agricole
95 points
Best Buy
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
Clément 6 Year Old Très Vieux Rhum Agricole
95 points
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 finish conveying impressions of oak spice, minerals, pink peppered nuts, and tobacco finish. A great cigar rum with lots of oak character.
95 points $59.95
Saint James Rhum Paille Agricole
94 points
Best Buy
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
Clément X.O. Rhum Agricole
94 points
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
Clément Canne Bleue Rhum
93 points
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
Rhum J.M XO Rum
93 points
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 finish with notes of cola, sandalwood, peppercorns, and leather finish. A superb, complex, aged sipping rum with cascading waves of flavor.
93 points $74.95
J.M. Shrubb Liqueur dOrange
92 points
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
Rhum J.M VO Rum
92 points
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 finish that presents accents of cedar, spiced nuts, minerals, and sassafras finish. A rich and spicy ambre agricole rum with fine balance and length.
92 points $39.95
Clément 10 Year Grande Reserve Rhum Agricole
91 points
Medium amber color. Inviting aromas of apple cinnamon caramel, fresh tobacco leaf, dulce de leche pastry, and suede with a lightly tannic, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, long burnt sugar, grilled orange, bergamot, and tea leaf finish. A light-on-its-feet Agricole rum that will blend well with late nights and cigars.
91 points $74.99