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So this was an interesting and different experience as this was my first decent experience with a true Agricole rum (my experience with Barbancourt was not pleasant). Going in armed with knowing a bit more about what to expect I found this rum to be interesting. It isn’t going to pull me away from Spanish and Bajan rums but it was a good experience. The nose is Lemons and light caramel and vanilla notes. It gives a sense of refreshment rather than warmth. The palate is oak, lemonade and some spice combination that is difficult to describe...maybe anise (?) . What I did find remarkable was the aftertaste because it wasn’t as much as an aftertaste as it was a lasting experience between the throat and nose which left a distinguished aroma or memory of fresh cut grass in the springtime. That was both unexpected and the best part of this rum. It is not as much a taste as it is an experience of the senses. Interesting.
Veľmi dobrý JM typu agricole. Hrana s konskom,či brandy. Napriek tomu nasladla chuť s príjemným ošetrením dojazdom. Jeden z naj Agricole rumov čo som pil.
Grassy, sweet, with slight smokiness. Enjoyable and distinct Rhum Agricole.
This is my first agricole and I found it really interesting. Very different flavors than other rums, I liked that earthy and grassy tastes that are unique from these type of rums. Also liked the smoked and pepper flavors. Definitely worth trying.
Ya quelque chose de particulier dans ce vsop aoc.
Une patte de la maison JM. On y revient avec plaisir malgré le goût surprenant. Bonne cam pour moins de 40.
43 % abv. Nice amber colour in the glass , on the nose , slight honey sweetness , bits of white fruits and a peppery spice note.
Tastes of smokey grass / earthy flavours.. not that pleasant.. very dry , no notable sweetness , could do with more fruit notes. A young rhum as there's quite a burn in the mouth. Long exit but then the worst part of the whole experience.. I feel like I've been chewing wet grass in a damp cellar... !
For a very old is cheap and it taste like it, it's pretty hot and rough.
A problem I often face with aged agricoles is that they lose a lot of that grassiness and delicious vegetal profile after barreling, and they tend to mellow out just too much for me. This VSOP from Rhum J.M does that just so, and as much as I like their blanc, this just doesn't excite me the same way.
The nose reveals just barely notes of grass, cane juice and caramelised fruit amongst a quite strong presence of oak that is diversified with some clove and ginger.
The palate leaves you wondering for just the split of a second wether it is a Calvados or a cognac brut, but then the unmistakable grassy, sweet cane juice aroma comes through. Quite long aftertaste of spice and oak with hints of caramelised apple.
It is absolutely a decent and “correct” VSOP, but aged agricoles are expensive and this is not for entry level candidates. A friend of mine with a quite well trained palate but little experience with rhum agricole was bewildered as to what he was drinking. If you want to sip an agricole I would try some XO or rare vintages. Or try to make an old fashioned with this one a couple of times, perhaps also a knickerbocker or something, before revisiting it straight.
As others have noted, there is a distinct peppery note in this agricole, and the oak is very upfront. Behind that lies the grassiness of a traditional agricole. Not as balanced as I was expecting, but I certainly wouldn't turn down a 'ti punch vieux made with this juice.
Time for Birka’s rumcruise 2019 at the Baltic Sea. This one was included at Ian Burrell’s “Blindtaste” Master class. It was quite easy to get it right, cause it was the only Agricole included. I think it’s quite alike the XO but with a little less of everything. So it’s maybe an even better Agricole to start with if you want to start a tour in the Agricole world.
Picture: The rums included at the blindtest.
First time I drink a rhum agricole without this distinct flavour of grass. Quite good, touches of caramel, nuts, woody, really, not bad at all
Here we go again with yet another Martiniquan rhum agricole that the cane juice too easily picks up on the wooden flavors. Since this one is a fairly young VSOP, it has less of the wood than the 10 Year Clement that I just rated. This one is also way over priced at $58 and I found it at the next liquor store for a whopping $15 cheaper. Even if I had got the cheaper priced one, this rhum is still not a good buy. It almost reminds me of Ezra Brooks 101, which is a dirt cheap Kentucky bourbon. Stick with the cheaper J M Rhums for your first try. In the end, this rhum is nothing more than an expensive mixer.
This particular agricole was salty during nosing, then grass and compost and after careful extraction also cognac barrels.
Très sucré pour du agricole mais pas si facile à boire à cause de l alcool beaucoup trop agressif pour moi.
Je le trouve plutôt caramélisé
Rum festival cardiff! Decent agricole fresh and tasty. 4 year old
Rhum JM VSOP Agricole
For those who don't know.. R'h'um as opposed to 'R'um, is made using raw sugar cain juice squeezed directly from the freshly cropped plant. Rum on the other hand is made using the molasses extracted from the sugar cain. This makes for a much dryer, Earthier taste.
On the nose- a little funky with grass and dried fruit.
First sip- sooo different than other agricoles I've tried. Spicier than others. Sweet but dry with citrus and pepper. Earthy tones but not overwhelming. Very, very well balanced and nice smooth tingle on the finish. I've read other reviews saying this was harsh and tasted like pure alcohol but I think they're crazy. This is so delicious that im mad at myself for not having this in my bar all along. If you see it. Get it. Thank me later.
Na Zdrowie! 🥃🤙😁
Nice and classic agricole with pleasant aftertaste.
Rien de particulier. Rhum correct sans plus. Peu complexe
The pallete doesn't fit in with the aromas or finish, otherwise this would be really nice! On the nose you get cherry cola, with vanilla coming out more as it airs. In the mouth however, it's just wood and grass, with a slightly hot and oily feel. I don't really know how the aromas and taste can differ so drastically, but they clearly find a way! Then on the finish, there are creamy notes of vanilla, marshmallow and raisin. Should I find myself in the mood for agricole, I would happily turn to this bottle. It's just that with so many more frankly more enjoyable non-ag rums out there, I don't see myself ever pining for agricole, which really makes the previous statement moot.
In Italian and English.
Rum agricolo, invecchiato per 3 anni in botti di rovere ricarbonizzate, che contenevano Bourbone, per poi fare una finitura in barrique nuove di rovere americano. È un buon distillato, garantito anche dalla AOC (Appellation d'origine contrôlée) Martinique, non molto complesso, ma che dovrebbe costare forse un po' meno.
All'olfatto: abbastanza intenso con prevalenti note agrumate ed erbacee tipiche dei Rum agricoli; subito dopo, facendo svampare un po' l'alcool, si avvertono note più morbide di chiodi di garofano e leggera vaniglia.
Al gusto: chiaramente prevalgono da subito le note erbacee ed amarognole tipiche degli agricoli, subito smorzate da una nota più morbida ma leggera di cocco, vaniglia e di legno. Il finale è medio e la bocca resta pulita.
Rum con una complessità media ma di buona fattura, adatto a chi si vuole avvicinare ai Rum agricoli, che per esprimere il massimo delle loro qualità dovrebbero avere un invecchiamento che va dai 3 ai 7 anni al massimo.
Consiglio per tutti: quando annusate un rum (o qualsiasi distillato), prima di inserire il naso e inspirare, effettuate un leggero soffio nel bicchiere e subito dopo provate a sentire i profumi. Questa operazione serve a svampare un po' la potenza dell'alcool che altrimenti vi porterebbe a bruciare nel naso e ad anestetizzare il vostro olfatto.
Provate a berlo prima da solo, poi dopo aver mangiato del cioccolato fondente (dal 70 all'85% max), ed infine dopo aver mangiato una mezza fetta di arancia fresca (compresa buccia è importante) con dello zucchero di canna sopra. ;-)
Agricultural rum, aged for 3 years in reclaimed oak barrels, which contained Bourbone, and then finished in new American oak barrels. It is a good distillate, also guaranteed by the AOC (Appellation d'origine contrôlée) Martinique, not very complex, but that should probably cost a little less.
On the nose: quite intense with prevalent citrus and herbaceous notes typical of the agricultural Rum; immediately afterwards, causing the alcohol to flare a little, there are softer notes of cloves and light vanilla.
On the palate: the herbaceous and bitter notes typical of the agricultural produce immediately prevail, immediately dampened by a softer but light note of coconut, vanilla and wood. The finish is medium and the mouth remains clean.
Rum with a medium complexity but well-made, suitable for those who want to approach the agricultural Rum, which to express the maximum of their quality should have an aging ranging from 3 to 7 years at most.
Advice for everyone: when you smell a rum (or any distillate), before inserting the nose and inhaling, make a slight puff in the glass and immediately afterwards try to smell the perfumes. This operation serves to arouse a bit 'the power of alcohol that otherwise would lead you to burn in the nose and to anesthetize your sense of smell.
Try to drink it first alone, then after eating dark chocolate (70 to 85% max), and finally after eating a half slice of fresh orange (including peel is important) with some brown sugar on top. ;-)
This 43% dram is very gentle on the nose. Maple, candy, cherry, hint of solvent. Mouth - I like it! Rather woody, smooth, and complex. I could just sip this one all night.
This is among my very favorite aged agricoles.
It was not my type of rum. But maybe for other it can be.....