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Tasty, but not quite great
Aangenaam verrast door deze jonge rhum. droog, lichtbruin, naast het typische "grassige" component, wat hout, kruidig, peper, gedroogd fruit, karamel. Gebotteld op 43%. Mooi flesje en label.
Prima agricole, aanrader.
This is the first Agricole I've tasted. I had this neat over dinner. The smell was of something organic, I just couldn't pinpoint it. It didn't have any scent of alcohol, and nothing super sweet like sugars. At first sip I noticed some spices, and the organic taste. It wasn't bad, very smooth, and enjoyable. After allowing it to breathe for a bit and a couple swirls of the glass, I tried it again. Still same flavors (unlike many rums I've tried before) I would definitely give this rum another go around in the future if given the chance.
We found a lot going on with this, some things better than others... it's VERY different from an unaged agricole, a la Trois Rivières, which is super grassy and bright. This had sour cherries and some other funk to it. Depending on your palette this may be great or not so much... with a try though, it's not super expensive and at the least good in lots of drinks.
Having tried their VSOP last week, I bought a bottle of this 3 year old VO today. If you like unadulterated rums from Barbados and don't care for rhum agricoles, then this rhum is for you. If someone had blindfolded me and asked me to sip this rum and then tell them where it came from, I would have to say Barbados instead of Martinique. The nose and palate are of caramel, which hides the vegetal agricole taste very well. At 86 proof, it is surprisingly smooth and has very little burn. For only $34 US, this rhum is now recommended as a repeat purchase. It is great as a neat sipper and makes one fantastic Mai Tai when paired with the right Jamaican rum (Appleton Reserve Blend is highly recommended after several trials).
Update February 13, 2019: Out of the 10 Martinquan rhum agricoles that I have tried, this is my top ranked readily available one with a rating of a 7. This also includes going up against 3 from Haiti, 2 from Louisiana and 1 from Florida. Depaz Blue Cane Amber Rhum is even better, but I only found one bottle in my life.
Visited the Rhum JM distillery while vacationing in Martinique. Self guided distillery tour ended with an open tasting bar. Rhum JM VO was priced at EUR 20 per bottle at the distillery. Very nice and sturdy bottle design with a great old school label. Golden color. Traditional super dry Rhum Agricole flavors complemented with plenty of grass, honey, spices and a lot of floral notes to the nose and palate. Surprisingly strong burn at the end since its so dry. Rhum Agricole fan boys can easily add 2 points to my score.
Un peu trop tendre, on sent le potentiel mais ça sent encore un peu trop l'eau de Cologne et la chemise trop grande. Un ado qui sort pour la 1ère fois en boite.
Ce VO constitue l'entrée de gamme des rhums vieux de chez JM.
Design : bouteille "old school", le rhum a une belle couleur ambrée.
On retrouve les odeurs sucrées, fruits confits, miel et épices.
Le rhum est franchement sec en attaque, limite piquant (alcool), puis viennent des goûts de fruits confits, de canne avec une bonne dose d'épices (poivre notamment).
Vient une longue finale de canne.
Agréable à boire, ce rhum à beaucoup de caractère, une bonne entrée de gamme qui vaut le coût.
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