Founded in 1929, Domaine de Séverin, the Marsolle family estate, produces approximately 250,000 liters of agricole rhum annually from the estate fields on the northeastern side of the mountain range that runs the length of the Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe. It is one of the last remaining distilleries that still uses its large water powered mill, that dates back to the 19th century.
Séverin white rum, bottled at 50°, is distilled to about 72° and then allowed to rest for several months in large tanks before being bottled at the distillery. It’s crystal clear color, it’s fine aromas of brown sugar and fruity taste was enough to win a gold medal in Paris at the 2007 Concours Général Agricole.
The archipelago of Guadeloupe is often listed as one of the best rum destinations,where the rhum is appreciated for its signature flavour. There are nine distilleries in the Guadeloupe Islands and centuries-old traditions in distillation are still used to produce multi-awarded labels. In Basse-Terre, you will find Domaine de Severin, Distillerie Bologne, Distillerie Longueteau and Distillerie Reimonenq (where the MusÃ©e du Rhumis located). In Grande-Terre, there is Distillerie Damoiseau and in Marie-Galante, the small flat island there are Distillerie Bellevue, Distillerie Bielle and Distillerie Poisson (also known as Rhum du PÃ¨re Labat). One could claim that Domaine de Severin could be the best with also Distillerie Bielle. But it comes at a price. Here again the Rhum is âAgricole â, the Appellation 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.