2006 Trois Rivières 13 Year Old K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Single Barrel #23-108 Vieux Agricole Martinique Rum (750ml) (Previously $150)

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The incredible Agricoles coming out of Trois Rivières are renowned worldwide, but only recently become available in the US. Trois Rivières refers both to the distillery and the 120-acre plantation bordered by the three rivers, St. Pierre, Oman, and Bois D'Inde. It was founded around 1660 by Minister Nicolas Fouquet making Plantation Trois Rivières one of Martinique's oldest. Located in Sainte-Luce, its famous windmill is a well-known landmark on the island. Their ancestral methods of creating agricultural rum produces one of the Caribbean's finest spirits and exclusively uses cane grown on their own estate. Agricole rhum is extremely expensive to produce and aging in the tropical climates happens at a blistering pace with very thirsty angels. It's not unusual to pay $70 for something 5-7 years old, but to find a vintage Agricole in this age range would normally cost several hundred dollars and almost never be sold as single barrels or at cask strength. This is an unprecedented opportunity to experience very old Agricole at an altogether reasonable price. Recently the distillery sold, so more single barrels might take a while. This barrel was filled on August 4th, 2006. Constructed from Limousin oak, it held Cognac for many years before heading to Martinique for aging Agricole. Dumped on June 28th of 2019 and bottled at cask strength without color or chill filtration, the resulting spirit is one the most powerful and complex brown spirits on the shelf.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2020 | Send Email
You may ask why I'd ever buy two casks of rhum from the same distillery only a year apart. If you've read my review of the 2005 cask you'll know how I feel about these and the 13 no second hand version of the 14 yo. The reason I selected this casks in addition to the other one is because their both delicious and distinct. Also, we just can't have enough of this stuff, it's absolutely worth every dollar. Yes it's "expensive" rum, but nobody blinks an eye at spending $150 on a 12 year old rye made in Canada these days! There isn't an American whisky on the market today with as much character and depth as these special rhums. This is made from a single harvest and distilled the old way. They can't make industrial quantities of this product even if they wanted to. The fact that we're able to offer cask strength single barrels at all is shocking, as we've never had an opportunity to sell old Agricole before. The few times we get access to vintage agricole in this country it tends cost several hundred dollars even for a 10 or 15 year old expression. So that's why a bought two. Also, this one is aged in casks that previously held Cognac where as the other goes direct in to french oak, likely used previously at the distillery. And the cognac makes a big difference, adding exceptional layers of sweet and savory flavors on top of the already complex rhum. The nose is oak almost into the bourbon/armagnac territory. To be honest this is one of the best cross over rhums we've ever had. Not as briny and wild as the 2005, instead complex aromas of exotic wood, old biker jacket and the Harley engine to go along with it. Sweet stewed fruit, candied orange peel, robust and savory. On the palate, its nearly tangy, but balanced by unending exotic spices. Again it loves water and now we have extremely fancy green teas and wild honey. Subtle smokiness from the oak and hints of fresh rubber -racing tires? An unabashed powerhouse and easily one of my favorite spirits of any kind in the store. Rhum people should grab both vintages, everyone else should snag the 2006 first.

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