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Tasty, but not quite great
Not quite an 8 but definitely better than 6. This is a fine candidate for a standard rum to represent at a soirée. It does display agricole trademarks such as pepper and grass though it's far more neutral than an XO offering.
Think Haagen Dazs Rum Raisin. Quintessential rum sugar flavor with a bit of bite. Smooth and creamy bottled at a pedestrian 40%. If your planning an upscale shindig and buying only one rum, consider this. Looking for something substantial, spend a little more, your not far from finer sippers.
I have sampled some of the Clement rums and thus far liked them all. This one, however, is more challenging. It is quite different. It is a blend of single-cane agricole rums then matured for three years in used French oak barrels. It is a rich, deep amber colors with a strong yet pleasant aroma. The flavor pulls no punches. There is an immediate pepperiness with an underlying cane juice sweetness (just a hint) along with definitely oak flavor. It has a real burn to it. This is almost like a young bourbon in a way. It has a dry finish. In some of their other agricole rums a noticeable grassiness is present but in this rum it is barely noticeable until the finish and then you can taste it until it fades away.
Hard to consider this a sipping rum. I would prefer it as a mixer but not certain what sort of drink it would do best in. I would hesitate using it in fruit-based cocktails but I wouldn't turn down one made with this rum.
Overall, a complex rum for advanced palates. This is definitely not a rum for novices.
Une douce et agréable sensation envahit le palais. Des notes vanillées viennent enrichir ce rhum qui pourrait avoir été vieilli dans des fûts de bourbon.
Fles: 70cl, typische Clement vorm
Aroma: hout, zoethout, tabak.
Smaak: hout, kruiden, zachte karamel en vanille.
Heerlijke agricole voor een zacht prijsje.
So as a first experience with (sippable) agricoles, I head towards Clément in this particular offering.
Nose is engaging, briny, grassy as expected from an agricole, but with noticeable new oak character, clearly reminiscent of bourbon in that particular aspect. Woody, some mild tart fruitiness also present (apples). Just a couple drops of water open up the earthiness, hitherto very residual, building complexity.
In mouth has a fresh "opening" and a very dry woody character. Eucalyptus in finish, the flavour complexity is impressive, it definitely stands out. I wonder what this would be like at higher strength - I can't help but feel the 40% waters down what would have been an amazing sipping rhum. Reminiscent of Highland malts, with that crispness and freshness. For the price range, excellent sipper; again, if only it had been bottled at 45%+, that could have been very very good - I wonder if there are any independent bottlers? I can see many parallels to whiskies in the flavour profile, but the agricole signature is still very much clear. I would therefore say it's a positive feature.
Really good for the price range, good sipper.
Nez léger, pas fort en alcool
Notes subtile et fruitées. Un petit goût whisky
Légère note d'amertume en fond de bouche
Agréable surprise vu la gamme de prix.
Good Agricole rum, hints of bourbon, very sour, not my favorite type of rum but would sip from time to time just to appreciate rum in its different forms.
Clement is a very known producer of agricole rum. Their blanc is my go to white rum, so I was exited to try this Select Barrel. It did not disappoint.
Nose: Oak, tobacco, coffee, vanilla and a slight vegetal funk
Taste: Smooth taste of vanilla, apricot, caramel, rosemary and spearmint
Overall: Not a bad bottle from Clement, but it is a bit to smooth for me. When it comes to agricole I prefer my rum to have a bit more bite. It is however a very good entry bottle for people getting to know the style of agricole rum.
Light color, less alcohol to the nose, taste close to whiskey without any sweetness and little bit hard. Not a classical rum type for me
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