Depaz Blanc (white) Montagne Pelee 45% 700ml
Rhum Agricole at its best! Note usual Rumspeling adds a has a reference to Rhum Agricole: a natural spirit made from the distillation of pure sugar cane juice. Depaz is one of the leading distillery in Martinique, a small island in the French Carribean. This Rhum Blanc is a special release exclusively harvested on the skirt of the Montagne Pele with its typical soil. The fresh cane juice is fermented for 48 hours, then distilled in the typical copper column still. It comes out at 70% alcohl and it is slowly reduced with water over 60 days. It is also matured in stainless steal tanks for a minimum of 3 months before bottling. NOSE: fruity, floral and complex aroma, with a specific mineral touch. PALATE: the attack is sweet and honeyed, with a very elegant floral flavours. Sugar cane, orange blossom, banana combined with spicy notes of pepper and tobacco follows.
Heralding from the paradise isle of Martinique, in the lush French West Indies, Depaz Rum is born from the rhum agricole methods of production and features the exclusive use of luxurious estate-grown fresh cut sugar cane. Depaz rums proudly hold the enviable French AOC - Appellation d’Origine Controlee – designation for Rums Agricole, confirming its strict adherence to precise standards of excellence. The Depaz estate history can be traced back to 1651 when it was established by the governor Jacques Duparquet. 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, crushed 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. Probably the best of Martinique rums, because on 8th of May 1902 the Montagne Pelée volcano erupted killing the 30000 inhabitants of the town of St Pierre at its foot. The Depaz plantation covered in ash could resume its sugar cane crops only many years later, but with very increased Yields and the best quality of cane juice, thanks to the fertilising properties of the layer of ash. A very small compensation for a terrible drama.