La Favorite Rhum Agricole Vieux, Martinique (1L)
The nose offers scents of oaky vanilla, rum cake, holiday fruitcake, black pepper, cigar tobacco and nutmeg. The palate entry is sweet and moderately oily; the midpalate boasts flavors of butter cream, dark chocolate, cream sherry, cola, citrus, and honey. Ends on an opulent sweet caramel-like note. Dark, oak-aged rum at its finest. (PP)
The largest of the French West Indies islands, Martinique is home to eight rhum agricole distilleries. The La Favorite distillery, built in 1843, employs two copper, single-column stills and produces about 500,000 liters of rhum agricole annually. Paul Dormoy distills, ages and bottles all of his La Favorite rhums only at his distillery. La Favorite Rhum Vieux Coeur de rhum is blended from stocks of rhums aged at least three years. Aging the heart of the rhum in new and used American and French oak barrels imparts a dark brown color that reflects a deep reddish hue. The aroma carries hints of prune and smoky wood, leading to a balanced fig, cinnamon, prune and nutmeg body accented by licorice on the finish. Sip La Favorite Rhum Vieux neat or with a little water and savor the flavor of an aged premium rhum agricole.