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2005 Trois Rivières 14 Year Old K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Single Barrel #22-6 Vieux Agricole Martinique Rum (750ml)

SKU #1477760

The incredible Agricoles coming out of Trois Rivières are renowned worldwide, but only recently became available in the U.S. 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, it's famous windmill is a well-known landmark on the island. Their ancestral methods of creating agricultural rums produces one of the Caribbean's finest rhums and uses exclusively 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 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 be a while. This was filled on June 30th 2005. The barrel was constructed from Limousin oak and dumped on June 28th, 2019 just two days before its 15th birthday. Bottled at cask strength without color or chill filtration, it is one of only 130 bottles available from this cask. An believable level of complexity here, we couldn't pass up buying this.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2020 | Send Email
I'm honestly surprised that there hasn't been an article in the paper about these casks yet. There's just no one else doing single casks of agricole at this age for anywhere close to the price. I'd honestly feel comfortable selling these rums for double this price (near where the importer originally envisioned these casks coming in), but I know the world is not ready for that. So I was very grateful and honored to be allowed to sell these rums at an altogether reasonable price. Some might look at it and say, well there's plenty of other rum that's older for cheaper, but that's where you'd be wrong. This is not rum, but Rhum Agricole. This is an agricultural product that's limited in its capacity by nature and french law. Only a certain amount of this can be produced each year and it must legally be aged entirely on island. That means MASSIVE losses. Most Agricole we see is only a few years old. People are happy to pay $50-60 for those, but don't realize that for $100 more you could be experiencing one of the world's most transcendent spirits. At nearly 15 years of age, only a tiny fraction of the original spirit is left. Here they age in French oak, which is a big (and expensive) distinction from the rest of the Caribbean. Bottled at cask strength and without chill filtration, these two single casks are easily in the upper echelons of what is possible with cane spirit, period. The nose is just a believably complex. An orchestra of oak and rhum flavors. Countless tropical fruits balanced by a subtle agricole brine, green olives, licorice bark, and sweet cloves. Absolutely mouth coating and thick in texture. Beautiful stewed orchard fruit, strong freshly dried tobacco leaf, espresso from Sant'Eustachio with sugar (of course no sugar is added here!!!) Long and complex on the finish and you know it's great when the very best part is the smell of the glass after it's done. Unlikely most cask strength rums I do recommend a tiny splash of water the incredible richness of this rum stands up to water well and you can see the oils expanding the complexity as you add it. A superlative expression and easily one of the best aged rum on the market at ANY price.

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