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Rhum Agricole

Fresh sugar cane juice rhum from the French islands.


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Old 08-23-2010, 04:28 AM   #31
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A quick post to say:

I am not sure that St. James burned in 1902 but i am sure depaz was destroyed!

Before the sugar industry problem every distillery were making industrial rum! To save thé economy on thé Island they decided to produce rhum agricole!

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Recently they just found and bottled industrial rum from domaine de courcelles a distillery that closed in 1973! The rhum has past 32 years in cask! It is from Guadeloupe.
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:42 AM   #32
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The St James distillery was destroyed in 1902 and then relocated to the eastern side of the island and rebuilt.

The Depaz distillery didn't exist in 1902.
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Old 08-23-2010, 04:04 PM   #33
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Well when i visited thé depaz distillery i am pretty sure that they told me that thé distillery was destroyed in 1902 and thé grandsun of thé owner who was in bordeaux for his study lost all his familly in this accident and decided to rebuild everything... But i may be wrong.

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Ps: i didn t know St. JameS has been relocated
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:01 PM   #34
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I was fortunate enough to meet Andre Depaz, the grandson of the man who was in Bordeaux when Pelee erupted in 1902. Depaz was one of the first families to cultivate the mountainside of Mount Pelee after the 1902 eruption. There was another, smaller, subsequent eruption in 1929 but that eruption didn't do much more than add more volcanic ash to the mountainside.

The courtyard in the back of the Depaz mansion was built with a view of the mountain. The mansion took Italian stone masons seven years to complete, 1922 - 1929.
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Old 08-25-2010, 01:47 PM   #35
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I saw earlier a question about agricole vs. cachaca. I believe agricole is distilled to a higher proof and I think cachaca has some sugar added back into it.
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Old 08-27-2010, 03:56 AM   #36
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Default Agricole Rhum Revisited Once Again

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Please review some of my earliest posts to this forum. Only a few rhum agricoles have reached these shores, most commercially the St. James, La Favorite, Clement and Depaz, and rarely their best efforts, however when we all visit Martinique on our MOR Rhum Pilgrimage you will soon discover the beauty of all things agricole like the food, people, fauna and of course the spirits like La Mauny, Dillon, Trois Rivere, Neisson and the clear gold standard if we can find any Rhum Bally!!!
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:44 AM   #37
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Considering that the Bally distillery closed in 1989, it's hard to say that Bally is the clear gold standard. I do however, appreciate the sentimental value of the past. Bally was good rum, but just down the road is the operating Neisson distillery that is considered by many on Martinique today to be the best rum you can buy on the island.

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, like the experience of visiting a working distillery, seeing and smelling the aging warehouse and then tasting some of that rum. The memories will last a lifetime. Meeting the distillers and owners of many of the distilleries was the highlight of my research for my early books. I can't wait to get back to the islands and continue the research.
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:03 AM   #38
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Ed: I can only concur and muse about past visits to Maritinique and the time I spent with Madame Bally and her grand-daughter...However it was indeed Neisson that was used in my very first Ti-punch at the 1902 Bar in St. Pierre in 1983. Bally is gone as is the 1902 Bar but I keep a bottle in my collection to foster the sweet deja vu and memory of some of the best times I have experienced in my life.
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Martinique and the other French islands also produce rhum made from molasses called 'rhum industriel' but is most often called 'rhum traditionnel' on the label.
Has any body heard about "rhum traditionnel" from the Damoiseau Distillery in Guadeloupe ? I know they make both kinds of rhum but I don't think I have ever seen a bottle from Damoiseau that is not Agricole.
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:38 AM   #40
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I believe all of their molasses based rum is sold to blenders in France or used to make other concoctions in Guadeloupe.
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