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.

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Rum and Cane Spirits

Trois Rivières Cuvée De L’Océan Rhum Blanc Agricole
93 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of plantain souffle, dried papaya and banana leaves, pepper, and grass with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish that shows suggestions of coconut water with dragonfruit, vanilla almond milk, touch of flint and fuel, and mineral ore. A very balanced and character-rich Rhum Agricole that will be a great introduction to the category and its cocktailability.
Trois Rivières Cuvée Du Moulin Rhum Vieux Agricole
92 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla candle drippings, macadamia brittle, and tropical fruit compote in an iron skillet with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish with shades of toasted nuts and banana, roasted coconut milk, sweet grass, ginger and herbs, and cola and tobacco. A round and warming aged Rum with lots of intricacies of flavor for sipping.
Trois Rivières Millésime 1999 Grande Reserve 15 Year Old Rhum Vieux Agricole
91 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of pickle brine, caramelized cherries and stone fruits, butter toasted rye nut bread, and wet latex paint on cedar with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish that exhibits overtones of roasted citrus and coconut, cedar, pistachio brittle, and cola. A dry, solid wood-forward Agricole Rum for sipping or cocktails.
Trois Rivières Réserve Spéciale Rhum Vieux Agricole
89 points
Brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of papaya and pineapple soufflé, lemon waxed wood, caramelized nuts and plantains, and pencil shavings with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long finish displaying overtones of sweet and peppery spices and white ash and minerals. An elegant, vibrant and delicious aged Rhum Agricole that evolves in the glass.