An interesting combination of bourbon input (8 years in barrel) followed by finishing in a 228 litre x Armagnac cask makes for an unusual agricole experience.
Tasting notes: Polished copper colour. Armagnac dominates the nose with fruit mince pie, clove and cinnamon over fresh raisin / dried apricot-like notes. Second pass detects dark chocolate and orange zest. The vibrancy and freshness of the agricole carries brandy-like flavours suggesting fruit mince pie and marzipan. Concludes mildly tannic with bourbon soaked oak, light glace cherry and brandy cream sauce shining in the aftertaste. Better the second time around – the 2004 edition was a little overwhelmed by oak. 460 bottles produced. 41.5% Alc./Vol.
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.