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Clément

Clément
10 Year Grande Reserve Rhum Agricole

Category: Rhum Agricole Vieux

Date Tasted:
Country: Martinique
Alcohol: 42%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$74.99

Clément
10 Year Grande Reserve Rhum Agricole

Category: Rhum Agricole Vieux

Date Tasted:
Country: Martinique
Alcohol: 42%
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.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Herbal, Fruity, Candied & Spirity
Aroma Aroma: apple cinnamon caramel, fresh tobacco leaf, dulce de leche pastry, and suede
Taste Flavor: burnt sugar, grilled orange, bergamot, and tea leaf
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Finish Finish: Normal
Enjoy Enjoy: on the rocks, with cigars and neat
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A light-on-its-feet Agricole rum that will blend well with late nights and cigars.

The Importer

Spiribam

The Importer
55 Cherry Lane
Suite 1C
Wakefield, RI 02879
USA
1 860-919-5660

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Rhum Agricole Vieux

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Serve in a Snifter
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.

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