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Rhum Agricole

Fresh sugar cane juice rhum from the French islands.


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Old 12-26-2007, 10:50 PM   #1
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Default Clement Premier Canne

Clement Premier Canne here in the states is a version bottled more for the American palate. It comes in at 80 proof instead of 100, and has a much milder flavor than some of the white agricoles you might have been drinking.
It has decent flavor, and you can taste the floral notes that white agricole is famous for, but in a much toned down version. I found that it made a decent Mojito, and a very good Daquiri, but I did not care for it in a classic Ti Punch.
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:54 AM   #2
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Whenever I get a chance to find this rum I will try it, it seems to have a good taste but maybe lack some of the grassy sharpness. (If that`s what you like.. I do) Maybe it would make a good ti punch when blended with some stronger white agricole? or what about some aged to get a yet different dimension? I aslo wonder if its possible to find the 100 proof in Europe.
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Whenever I get a chance to find this rum I will try it, it seems to have a good taste but maybe lack some of the grassy sharpness. (If that`s what you like.. I do) Maybe it would make a good ti punch when blended with some stronger white agricole? or what about some aged to get a yet different dimension? I also wonder if it's possible to find the 100 proof in Europe.
The 100 proof Clйment is sold in Europe, I doubt Europeans would drink a white rhum agricole at 80 proof, they don't in Martinique. When I first met the US importer of Clйment rhums we talked about the fact that Clйment was being bottled at 80 proof for the US market. Like a lot of other people, they didn't think Americans would drink a white rhum bottled at 100 proof. There was nothing like that on the market in 2004 when the first cases of Clйment rhum agricole arrived in the US.

In Martinique about 75% of the rhum sold is white rhum. I'm told that about 75% of Martinique rhum sold in France is rhum vieux (dark, aged rhum). In the US, more than 55% of the Neisson and La Favorite rhum sold is white rhum agricole bottled at 100 proof, the same as it is bottled in Martinique. And I suspect that Clйment sales are similar. They are now importing J.M white rhums at 100 proof.
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It might be fun to experiment with the blending. I love my white agricoles so much that it might be hard for me to do it...........
I love the grassy sharpness, floral nose and flavors of white agricole. The Clement 80 is toned way down.

JM white in the US? Probably in Cal where I cant get it.
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J.M has distribution in Florida though it is small but I know it can be ordered from the distributor in Miami.
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Want to put my hands on the JM...luckily I have found the shop Rumlife in italy which do have a nice selection of rums and rum agricoles.
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We have JM Rhums here in South Florida, including the white at 100 proof, the gold at 100 proof, the VSOP 4-5 year old at 90 proof and the vintage 1997 at 96 proof.
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Do you know of a store that sells on line?
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Here's a link to some of the online stores in this database. There are more but I'm confident you'll find what you're looking for here.
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For those of you searching for rum - and wine and other spirits - I can recommend a website called Wine Searcher. http://www.wine-searcher.com

This site lists Internet liquor web sites which list their products and prices. You can then search for something all around the world. (And you search specifically by country and/or state.) Sites are noted if they are a "Full e-commerce web site" and if they have "World-wide delivery" so you can find places that will ship. Of course it will list stores themselves.

Searching for like Clement Premiere Canne for Hank shows that The Wine Specialists in DC has the Premiere Canne for $16, and that they ship world-wide. They also list Hi-Time which sells it for $26, the next higher price available for shipping. They also list 6 or 7 other sites at higher prices, up to $36.

The free version of Wine-Searcher only lists certain stores, maybe 1/3 or 1/4 of the ones that it has in it's database. But for $30 a year you get much better searching and results.

The site isn't perfect, mainly because the stores themselves aren't perfect in listing current stock - in fact most don't list the number of bottles in stock, just that they carry it. So for a rare spirit it pays to call ahead.
I have found the listings to be pretty darn accurate, at least 90% across the 4 states I've searched and the 15 stores I've visited due to their listings. When going on a shopping expedition I generally make a list of 3 or 4 stores in an area and make sure at least 2 of them have what I want. Just to be safe.


In my opinion paying $30 a year is well worth the price for those of us who search out fine spirits and rums. For me, it paid for itself in saved gasoline and time within a couple of shopping expeditions.

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