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Rhum Agricole

Fresh sugar cane juice rhum from the French islands.


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Old 01-23-2008, 07:06 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Living in Denmark where rum from the french islands are impossible to get, I've spent quite some time lusting for one of those delicious looking Ti punches but having no idea what to expect.

I finally pursuaded my local dealer to order a bottle of Clement Rhum Agricole blanc, apparently the only brand he could get.

I was extremely disappointed

It turned out to be a 40% abv version which to my understanding is on the low side for agricoles? I was surprised by the fact that it doesn't really taste anything like rum in my opinion ?!? When sailing in the BVI last spring I found a St. James Rhum Vieux in Spanishtown which I really enjoyed - it had a similar underlying taste (but much more subtle) and I didn't doubt that I actually was drinking rum. Should I just embrace the fact that rhum agricole blanc isn't for me, or was I unlucky by picking up the 40% Clement? How does it compare to, say, La Favorite?
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:55 AM   #2
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Welcome!

I feel your pain. I had a similar experience with Clement Vieux that I had purchased in the US. It was quite different then a bottle of Clement Viuex that I bought in St Lucia.

Also in BC rhum agricole is not known and thus impossible to get the BCLDB to order.

However since you live in Europe...here are 2 good web liquor stores in Germany.
http://www.spirituosen-grosshandel.de/Home_English.html
http://www.jahreis.de/rum/_rumshops.htm
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:19 AM   #3
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Hello and welcome! well, agricole does have a different taste than molasses rum because its made of the fresh sugar cane juice. I would advice you to try another agricole that does have 50% abv.

I personaly like that "grassy" aftertaste but its such a special taste that some (like me) like it immediately, others need some time and yet others will never like it. I cannot say how the Clиment compares to la Favorite as i haven`t yet been able to find La Favorite.

A good source for agricoles is an italian EBay seller, rumlife, they have 87 different agricoles:
http://stores.ebay.it/RumLife_RUM-AG...QQftidZ2QQtZkm

The shipping to my country Sweden is euro 12 per bottle.
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:04 PM   #4
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The 40% Clement is not the best example of a white agricole. That particulr rum has been softened for export, and to allow the rum to mix more easily. The best come in at 50 abv. I, like Tiare, love the grassy flavor of the whites. La Favorite is one of my favorite agricoles. It is a wonderful example of white agricole.
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