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
$34
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
$54
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
$169
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
$69
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.