Would welcome thoughts on some Rhum Agricole— I’m planning on buying some in the US and having my “Rum Mules (daughters) bring them to me on my next visit. I’ve been a rum lover for some years but am now really liking Rhum Agricoles. Thus far have tried Clement Canne bleau for Ti Ponche, and Clement and JM VSOP— which I really love.
Would welcome thoughts from you more experienced Agricole “rummies” on some good whites and aged Agricoles. Found a purveyor in Miami who has Duquesne Blanc, Neisson Blanc, eleve sous bois and reserve, Tres Rivieres L’Ocean and 5 year, JM 2003 and Damoiseau XO.
Salud and thanks in advance for your input!
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Feel free to experiment, but whatever you do, avoid Clement 10 year! For anyone that places a snifter of this rhum agricole next to a snifter of premium Kentucky bourbon, I challenge anyone to be able to tell them apart. Rhum agricole is too delicate due to it coming from premium sugar cane juice instead of molasses. They then absorb way more of the flavors of charred bourbon barrels much more so than any other rum. So yes, if one wants a gluten free "bourbon" at a premium price, then by all means go for the Clement 10. I want nothing but good rums and no more bourbons.
My favorite readily available rhum agricole is J M Rhum VO, which also makes great Mai Tais. Keep in mind that if you find a great rhum agricole on the shelf of a favorite liquor store, it may have sadly been a once in a lifetime chance.
If you want to test good Agricoles I think you should go to Montebello or Reimonenq from Guadeloupe. My recommendations below 60€ you find below:
1. Saint James 12yo (58€) - Superb.
2. Montebello 10yo (57€) - Very good.
3. J.M XO (50€) - Maybe the best Agricole to taste if you want to taste Agricole for the first time and to a very competitive price.
4. Others that’s good in the price segment: Dillon 12yo (39€), Barbancourt 15yo (40€), Damoiseau XO (45€), J. Bally 12yo (57€), ReimonenQ Cuvee Prestige (59€), HSE XO (59€) & La Mauny XO (60€).
Many thanks guys —- very very helpful recommendations ... salud!
Two rhum agricoles that I happened upon only once and never again were:
Clarin Le Rocher (actually a Haitian clarin that is a very close cousin to Martinquan agricoles)
Depaz Blue Cane Amber Rhum
If you see either one for sale, GRAB THEM, for you may never see them again!
I have been drinking rhum agricole for quite a while and can offer the following:
1. Clement has really done a huge push in the US to get on almost every shelf in liquor stores that carry a full selection. Personally, I don't like Clement. It seems a little too flat for me.
2. Go to France for your best selections. Paris - Excellence Rhum is akin to Rumba bar in Seattle. They have insanely large selection. Upper level is where you want to go...
3. My choices would be anything from Marie Galante (Père Labat, Canne Grise), then La Mauny, HSE, and JM. But honestly, I've not gotten deep into all the rums I could have. On my next trip to France, I'm getting a second suitcase and 500 EUR and stocking up!
I was just in Paris and it didn’t even occur to me to look for Rhum there... thanks for the advice!
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