Ah, rum. What is the first thought that springs to mind? Pirates, island paradises, and shivers of Captain Jack Sparrow. Rum reminds me of freedom and adventure.
Martinique, a small island in the Caribbean, has one of the largest and most diverse rum industries in the world.
The high level of quality control and craftsmanship that goes into each bottle makes Martinique rum an excellent choice for sipping straight or mixing
Rhum Agricole is a style of rum made in the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Most rum is distilled from molasses, a byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into white sugar, and is produced wherever there are sugar plantations and distilleries. Rhum agricole, meanwhile, is distilled directly from the fresh pressed juice of sugar cane. So it’s has to be as close to the source as possible. That’s what makes it special; it tastes like its local agricultural provenance: its terroir.
The resulting liquor has a flavour profile that’s brighter and more herbaceous, with notes of grassy citrus, minty herbs, and fresh cut cane.
10 Quick Facts about Martinique Rum
- They have their own appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) quality designation, like French wine, and are produced under strict guidelines.
- Their distinctive flavour comes from sugar cane juice that’s distilled from fresh sugar cane—in contrast to molasses-based rhum agricole from the other islands in the region.
- Martinique rhum has its own AOC designation, like French wine
- It’s produced on Creole stills
- It uses an industrial yeast
- There is no pot still used, like other fresh cane juice rhums
- This style of rum is often described as earthy, vegetal, grassy, and herbal; some also have overlying tropical fruitiness – bananas, papaya, mango.
- Not only are these flavor profiles attributed to using fresh cane juice instead of molasses, they are also courtesy of a chemical reaction: esterification. Before distillation, rhum juice is left to ferment for up to 48 hours, which draws out the naturally occurring funk notes.
- Unlike molasses or other sugar-based rums, no additional sweetening agents or coloring can be added to rhum agricole, AOC or otherwise.
- Rhum is dependably low in residual sugar, with perhaps only as much as 5 mg per 750-milliter bottle.
What the world needs right now is to sit down with a bottle of aged rum, a good book and their favourite music. Sadly, the world doesn’t always have time for that.
This could be the next best thing if you can’t step on a plane and get away. The mind drifts off on a tropical breeze and warm sand between the toes.
Which rum cocktail is your favourite to start your summer?
Rhum Clement XO Agricole Rhum
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