About Rhum Agricole Vieux

About Rhum Agricole Vieux
Rhum Agricole Vieux, like all agricole rhums, are an AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) designated and protected spirit produced from fresh squeezed sugar cane juice, instead of molasses, and aged in oak barrels for at least 3 years. These rhums are distilled on the French Caribbean island of Martinique in single column copper pot stills or traditional alembic style pots stills and aged in either used Cognac, brandy or whisky barrels. These rhums are noteworthy for their strength, often bottled at 100 proof, as well as their complexity, which is comparable to fine Armagnacs, and should be enjoyed neat in a snifter and if so inclined, with a cigar.

These are formally differentiated from fresh cane juice based rhums from other French Caribbean islands, like Haiti and Guadeloupe, by the AOC designation, but it is common practice to refer to all fresh cane rums as 'agricole rums'. Different vintages or batches are blended together to insure a continuity of flavor in brands of rhum from year to year. Some rhums agricole vieux brands will give age statements stating the age of the youngest rhum in the blend (e.g., 10-year-old Rum contains a blend of Rums that are at least 10 years old). A small number of Rhum Agricole Vieuxs are vintage dated.

Top Picks for Rhum Agricole Vieux

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 oak spice, minerals, pink peppered nuts, and tobacco finish. A great cigar rum with lots of oak character.
95 points $59.95
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
Damoiseau XO Rum
94 points
Golden amber color. Rich, complex, oaky aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, chocolate, dried banana and mango, and delicate spices with a glycerous, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-length coconut water, minerals, and vanilla cream finish. A very smooth and elegant sipping rum.
94 points $72.95
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 cola, sandalwood, peppercorns, and leather finish. A superb, complex, aged sipping rum with cascading waves of flavor.
93 points $74.95
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 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