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Aged 15 years in the tropics, this old agricole rhum from Martinique is for special occasions when you want to sip something extraordinary. Very strong vanilla and spice overtones blend with enough oak to knock you senseless. I've never tasted so much wood. Strong presence of alcohol reminds you that this is an adult beverage. Although it has a sweet fragrance, this is a very dry rhum. I would not offer this to someone new to the world of rum...too demanding and complex. But it is definitely one to savor.
Picked up a bottle of this down in the Caribbean and was very surprised. Extremely smooth and well balanced. This is a mans rum and has zilch for sweetness. The finish is the best part, silky and non abrasive. Hints of Leather, tobacco, light fruits, a hint of vanilla. Good Luck finding it though!
Visited the Habitation Clement distillery while vacationing in Martinique. Comprehensive distillery tour with an open tasting bar. Clement 15y was priced at EUR 65 at the distillery. Very nice packaging, bottle and label design. Deep golden color. Dry Rhum Agricole alongside grass and strong oak to the nose and palate. Quite a burn at the end being so dry. Rhum Agricole fan boys can add 2 points to my score.
Clément fulfil us with a selection of 10 barrels aged in tropical climate and whose selection was made for 10 different countries (Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, France, Belgium, etc.) by 10 independent distributors. This gives us limited series bottles with very different flavors.
The Belgian selection is already available like most others.
Here is his tasting note.
A maturation of 15 years and 5 months for an old rum whose color is coppery. The nose is on citrus, lemon, grapefruit, orange. the plant, the menthol, the exotic fruits.
On the palate, we find citrus with orange or rather "orangette". Confit orange coated with chocolate. We do not leave this aroma. He dominates everything. The woody arrives later as well as the spices on a beautiful final but the chocolate orange dominates too much. It's an interesting product but not for me. Real rate = 7,5
Rhum haut de gamme de chez Clément, 15 ans d'âge titrant 42°.
Design : Bouteille classique de chez Clément dans un très bel écrin. Le rhum a une couleur acajou.
Nez : superbe, dominante de miel, vieux fruits et chocolat.
En bouche : attaque douce, puis viennent des saveurs de fruits confits, une légère cannelle suivis d'un boisé et de tanins très présents. Ce rhum est riche en saveurs.
Finale : Décevante, si on retrouve un petit goût épicé et les tanins, ce rhum est assez faible sur ce point.
Couronnant la gamme Clément, ce rhum 15 ans est excellent, quoiqu'assez chargé en boisé, mais il manque quelque chose en finale.
This is the best Clement I've tried as of this review; even tastier than the Clement XO!
Smells and tastes of vanilla, oak, caramel, cinnamon, leather, and smoke.
Though a bit on the dry side for me, the Clement 15 is the best Clement I've tried to date!
Très beau Rhum, se rapprochant en style du 1976: sec, boisé bien present, vanille, canelle, fin et racé. Très puissant aromatiquement et très long en bouche. Vaut un bel Amargac!
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