A 2004 vintage agricole rhum from Martinican distillers Rhum J.M, this release was created using its signature sugar cane, distinctive because it grows on a 28-degree slope in the rich volcanic soil at the foot of Mount Pelée. Nose: Walnut cake, sugared figs and rich muscovado sugar lead, before saddle leather, tobacco leaf and some green chilli spice emerge.
Palate: Thick black treacle, gingerbread and orange peel lead with a complex sweetness. With a hint of old wood, there’s touches of honey, vanilla and greengages in the backdrop.
Finish: Medium-length, with freshly roasted coffee beans and a herbaceous edge.
Overall: Sumptuous and impressive rhum agricole.
The distillery, founded by Jean Marie Martin (J.M) is located in the North of Martinique Island (French West Indies) and is renowned to be the most prestigious brand for aged Agricole rums. The AOC Rhum Agricole de la Martinique restricts production to the short, best season for the cane to pack aromas, compels that all and only the fresh juice of the cane be used, contrary to 95% of the world rums using the left-overs (Molasses, stalks) of the sugar refining industry. Agricole Rum belongs to the world of cognac or Armagnac, whenever Traditional Rum (also known as Industrial) is in the grappa / pomace world.
Lately, and confidently they have experimented with unusual cask finish, going for casks far more complex than the usuals props for whiskies i.e. sherry, port, madeira, fortified sweet wines. They have gone for Calvados, Cognac, and Armagnac casks and longer maturations. So brilliant were the results that all was sold in few days.