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Tasty, but not quite great
Rhum blanc agricole de Martinique. Cannes venant de l'extrême sud de l'île. Titre 43°.
Présentation : très belle bouteille turquoise.
Nez : fruité.
Dégustation : très fruité, avec une pointe minérale (fréquent sur les 3 rivières).
Finale : canne avec une pointe minérale.
Agréable en ti punch mais rien d'extraordinaire non plus.
Nose of golden raisin, the usual agricole grassiness, and some salty sea air coming through. In the mouth you just get a big ol' hit of salted, dried apricot. Finishes with a little more salt, plus that agricole grass-funk. This is a really cool rum. Not the best out there by any stretch, but very much it's own breed! If you want to explore all the reaches of what rum can be, you've got to add this to your list!
Last drink for tonight was a glass of Trois Rivieres Cuvee de l'Ocean Rhum. Very nice high end bottle and definitely a unique design. Color is crystal clear. This is an un-aged rum. Tequila like smell to the nose. Very grassy and salty flavor profile to the palate. Unique rum for sure.
Velmi zvláštní bílý agricole. Samotně se dá vyzkoušet už pro vychutnani velmi zvláštního opravdu slaného závěru. Jinak klasicky ideál do míchačky, ti punch je s touhle slanou srandou hodně zajímavý.
Given the name and visual presentation, I went into this expecting a maritime experience similar to certain whiskies from up North only to be proven completely wrong.
Nose: Tomato juice, vegetal, parmesan, savory notes that are strongly reminiscent of lobster bisque or bouillabaisse, hints of parsley or dried celery. Very unique.
Taste: Not as intense but pretty consistent with what you get on the nose with the addition of a light floral sweetness and some sugar cane. Kinda incohesive as a whole, disharmonic collage of flavors with no typical "funk“ to make up for it.
Finish: Not very long, briney and herbal.
Let me tell you I’m not a huge fan of this so I’ll just keep it around as a sipper for when I’m in a funny mood until the bottle goes empty. I certainly will not be getting another, though.
Due to its tomato notes, I imagine this could make for an interesting Bloody Mary or as an addition to seafood dishes.
Plantation Trois Rivières joined the sugar trade as early as 1660, and although they started making Rhum on a small scale in 1785 it wasn’t until French industrialist Amédée Aubéry bought the estate in 1905 that sugar production seized and efforts were refocused on pure sugar cane rhum. Vive la France!
Trois Rivières saw a big reorganisation and expansion of its range in 2014, and Master distiller Daniel Baudin launched a whole new lineup of blanc and aged agricole rhums, including the first seawater signature product, using only fresh juice from cane raised by the waterfront in the south of Martinique. During high tide the fields are almost completely flooded with seawater, which adds a special maritime element to this distillate. The cane is cut by hand, fermented between 24-36 hours using yeast cultures unique to the island, distilled in a double-column creole still at 65-75% alcohol before being rested for 3 months and subsequently proofed down before bottling. The bright, vegetal & fruity character of a blanc agricole wrestles with a salty minerality to create a truly unique flavor profile. Being a huge fan of Mezcal I can appreciate this rhum neat, but it might be a bit rough for some. Enjoy it in a surprising Daiquiri, an excellent Ti Punch or why not as a substitute for Tequila in a Paloma. Don’t hide the salty notes with sweet juices or sodas, but let them shine with a simple citrus twist!
Nose: Freshly cut grass, Apricot, Lemon Zest, Cultured Butter, Anise
Taste: Canned fruit salad, Salty, Sweet, Minerals, Cane juice
Finish: Rich and oily. Long finish that is both fresh and sweet, yet earthy and spicy.
Overall: This is unlike anything I have tried before. Closer in character to a young mezcal than that of an aged rum. Sweet, fresh and fruity. Salty, earthy and spicy. This rhum is all over the map and full of funky flavor. A beautiful pairing with seafood!
This is about as far as you can get on the opposite end of the spectrum from say, a Doctor Bird, and as such, it's great to keep around. A Ti punch with this will knock your socks off. If you want to introduce your friends and spark their imaginations, pour a taste of this and a taste of the Doctor Bird and tell them to think about how much room there is between those two things. Or, just pour a couple of fingers and add an ice cube and chill out, thinking about life on the ocean.
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