About Rhum Agricole Vieux AOC

About Rhum Agricole Vieux AOC
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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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.