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Rhum Agricole

Fresh sugar cane juice rhum from the French islands.


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Old 07-22-2008, 03:34 AM   #1
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Default Rhum from France...what to buy?

Ok, so I have a good mate coming back from France soon and he can bring three bottles back with him to OZ,

Im keen to expand my palate to the agricoles...

So to the agricole lovers out there, What would you bring back? What are some special/ unique/ interesting examples of this style of 'rhum'? Anything out there that you can only get in the EU, that I should get to take advantage of this opportunity?

I already have a Clement 10ans from a previous trip..some of the barbancourt 8 yr which you can't get in Oz, spectacular stuff..

Are there any must haves?
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:05 PM   #2
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The rums of Guadaloupe, as yet unencountered, have held a special fascination for some time. Given the chance, I'd look for something from Distilleries Bologne or Damoiseau. It would be particularly interesting to discover in what way Rhum Bologne, with its low distillation purity, differs from other agricoles.
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:34 PM   #3
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yes, rhums of Guadeloupe are intriguing. My current favorite is the sweet and strong Darboussier Hors d'Age. The Madras Creole Shrubb is also quite flavorful, among their many dozens of flavored rhums.
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I only have one agricole from Guadeloupe, its Montebello vieux, 6 ans. Its a very interesting rum with quite a sharp grassy flavor.
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:47 PM   #5
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I'd suggest he bring WINE....Liquor in France is expensive
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:43 PM   #6
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Default Guadeloupe

I think we have found the first candidate.. one of the Damoiseau rhums will be in the bag..

The Damoiseau website is worth a quick look if you can speak french.

They have a few nice photos of the production process, and they actually list all the operating distilleries in Guadeloupe... I think I've just found my target list. Its going to be a Guadeloupian adventure. !!



http://www.damoiseau.com

"Neuf distilleries assurent la production de l’île.


1. GRANDE TERRE

Distillerie DAMOISEAU FRERES (le Moule)

1. BASSE TERRE

Distillerie REIMONENQ (Sainte Rose)
Distillerie SEVERIN (Saint Rose)
Distillerie MONTEBELLO (Petit-Bourg)
Distillerie LONGUETEAU (Capesterre)
Distillerie BOLOGNE (Basse-Terre)

1. MARIE-GALANTE

Distillerie BELLEVUE (Capesterre)
Distillerie POISSON (Grand Bourg)
Distillerie BIELLE (Grand Bourg)"

As for the wine...The maddening thing is we can buy really top notch French wine in Australia at good prices, hell, the wine my partner and I drink when in France (she is french), we can buy in Oz for cheaper..figure that one out! But I have never seen any of the agricoles down here..not a skerrick...I live amongst heathens.

Tally ho.
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As for the wine...The maddening thing is we can buy really top notch French wine in Australia at good prices, hell, the wine my partner and I drink when in France (she is french), we can buy in Oz for cheaper..figure that one out! But I have never seen any of the agricoles down here..not a scerrick...I live amongst heathens.
Scerrick? Is that Australian for Iota?
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That's actually unsurprising. Irish whiskey is more expensive in Ireland than America, even Irish duty free. Scotch whisky was far, far more expensive in England than in her old colonies. I am not at all surprised to find it similar in France. It has, primarily to do with currency valuation. While it was often a similar or slightly lower cost in nominal currency, once you were thinking in US dollars, European euros and British pounds sterling, the conversion killed any bargains.
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Scerrick? Is that Australian for Iota?
spot on!..spelt correctly skerrick...;-)

Also, I have found almost no references to the rhum you mentioned. "Darboussier Hors d'Age" Do you know if it is available outside the US and the Islands?
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I have had the opportunity to taste Damoiseau, Rhum Bologne and Pere Labat.
You will not be disappointed with Damoiseau, and Rhum Bologne is a favorite of mine for the Ti Punch. It has a big grassy, cane flavor, maybe not as polished as those from Martinique. You might also want to try an agricole from Martinique. There are some great ones available here in the US, you might want to try to find something that is not found here, like J Bally, or if you can find Neisson XO, it will be pricey but worth it. Another I like that is not found here in the US is Clement 10 ans d'age.
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