Rhum Clement "K&L Exclusive" Cask Stength Single Barrel Agricole Martinique Rum (750ml)

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Rhum Clement is one of Martinique's oldest and most respected distilleries. The Habitations Clement was founded in 1887, but didn't begin producing rhum in earnest until the French Alcohol shortages during World War I. The Agricole style of rum arose from several factors namely the creation by Napoleon of the sugar beet industry, which decimated sugar prices. This left sugar growers in French Territories with any extreme excess of raw sugar and very little incentive to process it. The easiest way to recoup the investment was to fresh press the cane and distill immediately rather than spend energy refining the sugar. It wasn't until the French began taxing rum imports that Agricole Rhum truly began to flourish. It became the only affordable Caribbean rhum on the continent and has become ingrained in the French drinking culture. In a lot of ways Agricole Rhum can be compared to Armagnac. They are both distilled on traditional alembic column stills, rather than the industrial columns of the Spanish style or the funk pot stills of the British. Because of the inherent instability of raw cane fermentation tends to be quite high ester, resulting in extremely funky flavorful white rhums. As these rhums age those esters interact with the complex chemicals naturally present in oak to create some of the most complex and unique spirits available anywhere in the world. This special cask was distilled from 7 varieties of cane and aged in New American Oak and bottled at cask strength.

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/19/2016 | Send Email
I was expecting this bottling of Rhum Clement to be very good but to take a different taste direction. I am happy that this cask tastes that way it does. It is rich yet dry with caramel and vanilla that is topped off with wonderful nutty flavors. A touch of water softens and opens up this rum.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/13/2016 | Send Email
When I first nosed this cask I knew immediately that we had to have it. It's full-strength-full tilt Agricole aged in NEW AMERICAN OAK. The perfect crossover to get bourbon people into Agricole Rhum WITHOUT sacrificing authenticity. On first nosing, you get a strong, dry oak tannin, but a moment later the dry feeling is gone and a spectacular complexity arises from the glass. This baby loves air. Deep dark spices, kola nut, mahogany, flambéed orange peel. The palate is vibrant, with subtle funk of Agricole never lost around the rich oak spice, powerful tropical fruit, and long dry finish. BUT WAIT, add one tiny drop of water -this thing is cask strength after all - and this little puppy explodes. Gone are the dark oak tannins and replaced with candied orange peel, sweet Tahitian vanilla, and this underlying topicality that's so inviting. On the palate it explodes with rich exotic spices, marzipan, ginger, coffee, and salted fruits. Sometimes adding water breaks rum as it does with many brandies, but in this case it reacts much like a fine single malt. Without a doubt one of the finest cane spirits we've ever had on our shelves at any price point. A legend by all accounts.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/9/2016 | Send Email
Barrel aged Rhum Agricole can be sooo special, and this bottling is just that. This is just so complex, the aromas and flavors just go on and on the more you smell and sip. With a very perfumed nose of lemon rind, resin, nectarine and mango and flavors of banana, peach, Brazil nuts and cocoa, this Rhum is unstoppable. It's single barrel and cask strength, so it does well with a bit of water on its own and holds its own in cocktails. A must have for your rum collection.

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Alcohol Content (%): 62.5