Depaz Rum Agricole Reserve Speciale VSOP Martinique 7yrs 45% 700ml
Aged for 7 years in oak casks, Depaz VSOP very old rum develops flavors of vanilla, dried roasted fruit and tobacco. The attack on the palate is clean, powerful and fresh with the finish adding a more peppery touch. Playing a special role in the soul of Saint Pierre for more than 350 years, the Depaz estate is located at the foot of the islands highest mountain, Mount Pelée. In 1902, Mount Pelée delivered a devastating volcanic eruption which impassioned Victor Depaz, the sole surviving family member, to ultimately return to the estate in 1917 to successfully rebuild the Depaz chateau and the distillery. It’s these volcanic ashes that today continue to fuel the rich development and production of the sugar cane that permeates Depaz with its explosive taste and character.
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.