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

Rhum J.M Rhum Agricole Blanc
96 points
Clear color. Aromas of underripe guava, grilled artichoke, water chestnuts, and marjoram with a round, lively, dry medium body and a peppery, complex, very long coconut flesh, lime spritz, white pepper, cinnamon, star anise, and teriyaki finish. Excellent body and length star in this Rhum Agricole that features a pop of tantalizing acidity and powerful flavors on the finish.
96 points $36.99
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
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 Créole Shrubb Liqueur DOrange
93 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of Seville orange zest, dark chocolate, dried figs, and licorice with a round, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish with overtones of raisins and roasted nuts, marmalade, and cinnamon finish. A tasty brandy-based fruit liqueur with great depth of flavor; delicious in complex cocktails or simply on the rocks.
93 points $32.99
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
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
Clément Mahina Coconut Liqueur
88 points
Clear color. Baked aromas and flavors of coconut candy, baked peach, pastry, and grilled veggies with a soft, bright, sweet thin body and a brisk finish. A complex coconut liqueur with intricate layers of agricole rum and vibrant tropical coconut.
88 points $24.99