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Rhum Agricole

Fresh sugar cane juice rhum from the French islands.


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Old 12-23-2007, 08:59 AM   #1
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Which are the best best agricoles in your opinion for making ti punches and for planters punches?
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:02 PM   #2
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I am familiar only with the rhum agricole from the French islands which are distilled and bottled in those islands. Everywhere I've traveled, with only a few exceptions, I've observed a very strong loyalty to the rum which is made in that area of the island. As humans we tend to choose our food, drink, dress and music according to what we are most familiar.

In the US, there are only a few brands of rhum agricole blanc available and I see people gravitating to those which are bottled at 100 proof on Martinique. I'm encouraged that Depaz is now available in Sweden, that is a good quality rhum agricole distilled and (hopefully bottled) on Martinique.

Actually, all of the agricole rhums bottled on Martinique and Guadeloupe at this time are of good quality but the best is a matter of personal preference. For me, I've yet to find any rhum agricole, or any other rum, which I'd like to drink to the exclusion of all others. But I'm still looking and tasting.
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For me, I've yet to find any rhum agricole, or any other rum, which I'd like to drink to the exclusion of all others. But I'm still looking and tasting.
I like that statement..the more variation the better!

I hope Depaz will be available here not only temporarily but in the ordinary selection.
And also more than just one type.The Depaz I now have at home is bought from Germany, its the 100 proof blanc. I like its sharp grassy aftertaste..
I want to find out if possible where the Depaz here is bottled, isn`t it so that those bottled in Martinique is better? The only thing i know is that the producer is Bardinet.
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I like that statement..the more variation the better!
My goodness! :eek: I couldn't agree more!
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Ed saved me quite a bit of typing, because his answer is perfect. I have never had a Ti punch I did not like made from agricole from the French Islands. I have tasted a number of them, and although there are slight variations in taste, they are all great!
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I would not normally attempt to answer this one. But since my limited collection of agricole rums are out on the counter right now ... [I just completed a tasting session with Dood, who happened to be in Texas for the Christmas holidays.]

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Clement Premiere Canne
Neisson Reserve Special
St James Hors de Age
St James Amber
Rhum JM Vieux
Rhum JM Eleve Sous Bois
Clement XO (Xmas gift from Dood, THANK YOU!)

While I like to think "the older the better", it just isn't always true. There are certain things I like younger. That can happen in rums as well. After three rounds of tasting... the unanimous (just me) winner is St James Amber.
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I want to find out if possible where the Depaz here is bottled, isn`t it so that those bottled in Martinique are better? The only thing i know is that the producer is Bardinet.
I believe that the bottles of Depaz you have in Sweden were bottled in Martinique. The exports to Germany are small at this time and there seems to be a little more respect for authenticity in the European market. In some countries if it the product is bottled in other than the country of origin it must be on the label but I don't know much about the European regulations.
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Next time I go to our shop for spirits I will take a look at the bottle. The Depaz blanc I bought from Italy is bottled in Martinique.Sadly I just finished it tonight..
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I wasnґt able to get to the shop in time becasue I almost broke my foot on my way to work one morning..and wasn`t able to walk for a week.
Then yesterday when I went to the shop the temporarily Depaz was gone..its replaced with St Etienne rhum vieux agricole.
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That's a shame that you hurt your foot and then missed more of the Depaz rum. I just finished a bottle of the St Etienne Vieux, which is distilled by the same people who distill Clement and a few other rums on Martinique.

Like Clement it's aged at the old plantation warehouse and then bottled for shipment.
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