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Tasty, but not quite great
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.
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!
Actually, I bought this rum because of the silly bottle. And because it is an agricole. In the nose there ist a very strange odour of seeweed and rottening octopusses. But the taste is sweet and agreable. So, in the end, I can only recommend this rum.
I had the opportunity to sample this during the California Rum Fest, at the Tour d'Agricole table. Cuvée de l'Océan will not appeal to all rum drinkers, or even all agricole aficionados, but the taste is refreshingly unique. Salty and grassy, this is a rum that can be enjoyed neat on a hot summer day, or used to create a new version of a cocktail that might otherwise call for tequila. Those who rate this rum poorly have no doubt not spent much time learning about it ahead of time. Sadly, it is not available in the USA, and must be purchased from abroad where the shipping costs exceed the cost of the product.
Bijzondere witte argricole rhum van Martinique, bijzonder omdat deze wordt gemaakt van het suikerriet wat het dichtst langs de kust groeit ('met de wortels in het water') en dit zorgt voor een maritiem, licht ziltige nasmaak. Voor de rest een prima witte argricole.
Interesting experience :-) sugar cane growing 30 cm under sea. Smell and taste is little salty but Ron is not sharp. Don't buy, but try. Interesting agricole.
Juste le meilleur rhum pour faire du rhum arrangé, vient ensuite le trois rivieres blanc 50 qui est un peu plus raisonnable question prix pour ce genre de preparation. On peut aussi le boire tel quel. J aime.
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