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Fresh sugar cane juice rhum from the French islands.


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Old 05-08-2019, 09:12 PM   #1
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Default Agricole Distillation

Over the past few months I've been exploring agricoles and have really enjoyed some of the unaged varieties. I've really been enjoying my Clement Canne Bleue recently and think it's a great value....but what do I know....only have tried about 6 earnestly so far.

I've recently also been learning more about distillation because, hell, why not and it seems odd to me that agricoles are typically distilled in columns. Now I know columns are more efficient and in the hands of an expert you can really control the product but it seems like pot stills could really highlight some of the flavors that makes agricoles great. So why aren't pot stills used for agricole? Just tradition? Or am I completely wrong about how a pot still would play with the terroir?
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Old 05-13-2019, 12:03 PM   #2
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On Martinique column stills are mandated for the production of AOC Martinique rhum agricole.

You right that you could distill rum from pot stills but the column still actually gives better control on larger production than would be possible in a pot still.
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I thought I had replied back to this yesterday but maybe I forgot to send.

So essentially column still use for agricole is more about tradition (regulation in Martinique's case) and timing than anything. I'm assuming, due to the speed in which fermentation needs to begin after harvesting, that the continuous nature of column distilling work better on a large scale.

Am I wrong in thinking that a pot still could also produce a quality agricole, considering the opportunities for additional congeners, if timing and regulation weren't factors that needed to be considered?
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sure a pot still could be used to produce a sugar cane juice distillate. I would avoid calling it 'rhum agricole' just because you can. Joe Bonamassa has a great song titled 'Just because you can doesn't mean you should'.
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Lol what would be the harm in using the term agricole. Is it not rum produced directly from agriculture, as opposed to molasses, the industrial by-product.

Or are you saying it 'shouldn't' from the PoV of marketers
to maintain the notion of exclusivity for an AOC product?

Regardless, just seems to me that pot still could potentially produce a superior agricole, in regards to flavor notes desired in agricoles. But the reason they aren't used is more or less just the tradition of the majority of makers (Martinique). Well and of course the production potential of columns for massive plantations.
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