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Pere Labat Blanc 59 rum

Pere Labat Blanc 59

Guadeloupe | Agricole | 59% ABV | Column Still (1-4)

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Zoidberg 🇦🇲 | 2 ratings
Posted over 11 years ago

According to me, this rum is one of the most tasty rums. I have no aluminium organs, and I'm still alive!... Yes, This rum is very strong... but if you drink it with cane syrup and a slice of lime, you'll enjoy it, for sure. I think the good recipe to appreciate it is half rum, half syrup (to avoid the inconvenience of it's high alcohol vapor) and a lime quarter. No rocks needed (as the "carribean recipe"!)

Stefan Persson (PREMIUM) 🇸🇪 | 526 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Poisson Distillery has named their Rhum after Père Labat (Father Labat), a French multi-talented Dominican missionary that among lots of other things also improved the development process of Rhum with the introduction of Charentaise distillation, which is used to make Cognac, that made the Rhum more floral and round instead of sharp and burning.
Père Labat Blanc 59 is rich and very rustic. The nose is very intense and fresh and I recognize grass and fruits.
On the palate it’s very aromatic and fruity.
The long finish goes in the same way.
Pictures: My opened bottle & My very small Père Labat shelf.

Mujuru 🇺🇸 | 153 ratings
Posted 11 months ago

Recently I have been on an unaged Agricole streak. I think it has something to do with the summer heat and Ti Punch being like refreshing lemonade but for the past month or so I have mostly had an eye for unaged Agricole and Clairin. This Rhum has been recommended to me over and over again, so when my favorite rum spot got it’s new order in I immediately grabbed a bottle. I have been told that this makes an incredible Ti Punch up there to rival Neisson Blanc.

So, as I do with all my rum finds I tried this straight and in the cocktail I got it for (Ti Punch) to see if this lives up to all the hype I hear about it.

This is an unaged Rhum made in the Agricole style from fresh pressed sugar cane juice on the island of Marie Galante, distilled on a column still, and then bottled at 59% ABV.

Wafting it from the Glencairn I get a very heavy note like a strong dirty Vodka Martini. Digging deeper I get Green Olives in Brine and a heavy musty, Moldy Hay note like smelling a hay bale that has been left out for a month through several rain storms. After that I get the smell of Salt Water followed by an umami note that closely approximates grilled chicken breast with no spices. This is a different from other Agricoles in that it doesn’t smell as fresh. It smells more salty and moldy hay with a touch of umami.

Taking a sip I get an immediate flash of Fresh Grass like literally chewing a full grown grass stem. But the flash disappears and turns straight into Briny Salt Water. Salt Water lingers a good while and as it fades I get a slightly bitter Dandelion Greens note and metallic note.

After the rum leaves my mouth I get a heavy Chlorine note like pool water followed by the bitter Dandelion Green herbal note.

I have to be honest, while some, many even, may love this and find it interesting…I just don’t. It’s way to salty and the finish is metallic chemical and bitter. While the fresh grass flash is ok, it dissipates quickly and is replaced by a brininess that I just don’t enjoy. It really is like alcoholic sea water to my tastes. I am fairly disappointed.

So despite that, how does it hold up in the Ti Punch? Unfortunately, similarly to my tastes. The brininess even overpowers the sugar and the lime to a point that is just not very refreshing to me.

I had a hard time believing it so I came back to it several more time. Alas the experience remains the same each time. I just don’t like this one (but that doesn’t mean that others can’t). I do realize I am probably in the minority of rum aficionados on this one.

For a while I wondered what I was going to do with a liter of high powered rum that I didn’t especially like. Fortunately, a French friend of mine agreed to make an Arrangé for me in exchange for the rest of the bottle. Deal.

Short Description: Alcoholic seawater in a steel tank

ABV: 59%

Country of Origin: France (West Indies)

Region: Marie Galante

Nose: Dirty Vodka Martini, Olive Brine, Green Olives, Moldy Hay, Salt Water, Grilled Chicken Breast

Palate: Fresh Grass, Salt Water, Dandelion Greens (hot), Steel

Finish: Chlorine, bitter Dandlion Greens

Flo331 🇩🇪 | 21 ratings
Posted 1 year ago

Very tasty, fruity rum. Does not feel like 59%. Great as Ti-Punch!

IPARON 🇯🇵 | 4 ratings
Posted almost 2 years ago


oedelpino 🇺🇸 | 35 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Tasted neat in a glencairn
Nose: surprisingly approachable at this octane. Brine, some grass, and a hint of citrus
Mouth: Again surprisingly easy for 59% ABV - the nose holds up with sugar cane, citrus, fennel, hints of cucumber and green olives.
Finish: Medium, with vegetal character
Overall an incredible and highly drinkable agricole blanc from Marie Galante at a very generous price point. Makes a lovely Ti' Punch or a daiquiri with tons of character

Dan-Fix 🇸🇪 | 113 ratings
Posted almost 5 years ago

This is a great white agricole rhum. Tried Ti punch and it tasted great! Fruity and powerful!

Harlock 🇫🇷 | 6 ratings
Posted over 11 years ago

Probably my favorite rum. His high alcohol percent allows macerations with a lot of fruits without being too soft.
Well in "Ti Punch" (lemon/sugar/rum).

Rq : I've no family links with terminator or robocop.

Guilljea 🇺🇸 | 27 ratings
Posted 7 months ago

This is really by far my favorite white rum, it's so fruity and smooth, you can drink it very easily alone, or with lime/sugar

RumSchmecktGut 🇩🇪 | 11 ratings
Posted 12 months ago

Very aromatic and fragrant. It has a very pungent and savory aroma, alongside the typical agricole grass notes - bit of a love-it-or-hate-it situation. It's also incredibly (and dangerously) smooth, I wouldn't have guessed its 59% ABV at all if I was blind-tasting it; barely any alcoholic burn at all.

I got great results pairing it with soused herring, try it if you're into cold fish!

One thing I don't like: I get the impression that the bottle loses flavor really fast after unsealing - at first it was welcome, since the freshly-opened flavor had an overwhelming in-your-face pungency that was a bit too much for me, but now after about a month it starts tasting a little flat (note that it's summer here, my kitchen isn't climatized and the bottle is on a shelf; would probably be different in winter. Hasn't impacted any of my other spirits as far as I can tell, though). I assume that it's because the aroma compounds are very volatile, nothing to do with how the screw top was made.

Brand Details

Type: Agricole
Company: Pere Labat
Country: Guadeloupe
ABV: 59%
Name: Blanc 59
Raw Material: Cane Juice
Process: Unknown
Distillation: Column Still (1-4)
Women Led: No