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Rhum Agricole

Fresh sugar cane juice rhum from the French islands.

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Old 01-04-2016, 07:19 AM   #1
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I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with or any thoughts on Damoiseau Rhum, in particular the Damoiseau Rhum Vieux 8 Year Old or the Damoiseau XO.

I've been drinking rum for a while now and have got it in my head to try rhum agricole but I am somewhat limited in my selection as here in Australia rhum agricole is not particularly cheap. It starts around AUD$70 and go over a hundred dollars very quickly so I'm hoping some people here can share their experience allowing me to make an informed decision.

Most Damoiseau Rhum products come in under $100 so it is a strong contender but I have also found a bottle of Dillon Martinique Rum Agricole XO 10 years which, surprisingly, also comes in at under $100. (any thoughts on Dillon XO?)

I should also say I drink rum straight so don't intend to mix any purchase. Other possible options include 2 or 3 yr old St James, La Mauny 1749, Habitation St Etienne VO Vieux Rhum.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old 01-08-2016, 08:40 AM   #2
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I had similar thoughts about experimenting with Agricole Rhums as sippers while on my journey through the world of Rum. But I found Agricoles to be a completely different animal than molasses based Rums... and there are many threads on "The Ministry" related to your inquiry. From my own experience, I believe Agricoles are largely an acquired taste unless they just happen to automatically suit your palate,... (unlikely IMHO). Finding one that is an acceptable sipper to you could be an expensive adventure in futility,... unless you have the opportunity to taste them 1st. It doesn't help that your available options are limited either. Furthermore, Agricoles are not sweetened with added sugars and flavorings that many of the sipping Rums you may be used to have added to them (Another topic you may want to investigate).

With that in mind, I would suggest you be more flexible in exploring Agricoles and consider starting with the classic Agricole based cocktail of the Caribbean, the Ti-Punch. After several unfortunate experiences of my own with Agricoles, I came to "The Ministry" for help before abandoning them altogether. Following the advise from elders of the tribe here, I purchased what was the consensus entry level Agricole for beginners in making a Ti-Punch..... Neisson's Blanc. Thankfully their expert advise bore fruit,... leading to my first enjoyable experience with an Agricole. (The Ti-Punch has since become my favorite cocktail, although I still have not warmed up to Agricoles as sippers.) However, there is no rigid recipe for the Ti-Punch, being largely subjective to your own personal preferences. But here's what I arrived at: (your results may vary)


- 1 1/2 oz. Neisson's Blanc (or Agricole of your preference)

- 1/2 oz. Sirop de Canne (syrup reduced from fresh sugar cane juice in Martinique, such as those from Petite Canne, J.M., Clement etc.)

* while not as good, a simple syrup made from raw cane sugar and water will do in a pinch (1/2 C. raw cane sugar dissolved in 1/2 C. boiling water)

- juice from 1/4 of a lime with the shell also thrown in the cocktail

- 1 cube of ice

Good luck with your adventure.
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Old 01-13-2016, 05:01 AM   #3
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Thank you for your reply.
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:42 AM   #4
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I've tried the Damoiseau rhum vieux (8 year I think) - it seemed a nice product, quite dry & oaky. I'd certainly try it again.

I second the suggest of a ti punch as something to try out, the first time I tried it I was overwhelmed by the flavours but quite like it now. If you spot somewhere with a bottle behind the bar maybe ask for one (or if they don't know what that is or you fancy something that might surprise you less ask for a daiquiri made with rhum agricole.

I agree both are probably try before you buy products due to their unique flavours.

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Old 01-21-2016, 10:47 PM   #5
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I'm in the minority that loved Rhum Agricole straight away. My first try was La Mauny 1749. I opened the bottle and took a whiff and I felt transported to Martinique. Wonderful aroma and love it as a sipper. Really like Rhum JM Ambre and Neisson Amber as well for sipping. Love a T Punch with these and the blancs as well.
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Old 02-26-2016, 12:25 PM   #6
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Coming from a Bourbon background I am partial the Oak and drying character character of some aged Agricole. Also quite enjoy the farmy grassy notes in place of the cloying molasses sugary character of some non agrioles. Exploring agricoles is difficult here in the USA as very very few are imported and they are best suited to mixing . We are left with those that European sellers will ship. With only this limited exposure it's clear to me that a good agricole can surpass a good Cognac in depth and complexity but that's not the case across the board.

Some stand outs so far - Clement single cask barrel proof, Damoiseau 8yr, La Mauny VO and Karukera Millesime 2000. Also the Rhum JM XO (preferably the older 47% version) is a good bottle if a bit mild and featureless.

Wasn't impressed with Damoiseau XO as it had a very very strong cinnamon flavor that I can't imaging came from natural aging.
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