About Rum and Cane Spirits from Martinique

About Rum  and  Cane Spirits from Martinique
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

Rum and Cane Spirits

Saint James Rhum Imperial Blanc Agricole
95 points
$19.99
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
$59.95
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
Saint James Rhum Paille Agricole
94 points
$21.99
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
$54.99
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
$34.95
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
$74.95
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
Rhum Clément Rhum Vieux Agricole Select Barrel
93 points
$29.95
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
Rhum J.M VO Rum
92 points
$39.95
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
Clément 10 Year Grande Reserve Rhum Agricole
91 points
$74.99
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