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Rhum Agricole

Fresh sugar cane juice rhum from the French islands.


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Old 04-15-2008, 09:23 PM   #1
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Default Darboussier Rhum Vieux Agricole Hors D'Ages From Guadeloupe

Has anyone tried this premium rhum agricole from Guadeloupe?

Darboussier Rhum Vieux Agricole Hors D'Ages is a flamboyant, rich and flavorful mixture of very old rhums aged in vats of oak with a sweet profile, complex character and warm, smooth, soft finish. On opening the bottle, an exceptional bouquet of aromas fills the air. At 90 proof, it has a delicate floral body but packs a good punch. Color is red mahogany, clarity is very good and viscosity suggests an old rum with fine delicate legs.

I am surprised and impressed with this bottle of rhum. I would substitute it for a cognac of the same price any day. If it's about $45 a bottle, I'd say it's well worth the price.
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Has anyone tried this premium rhum agricole from Guadeloupe?

Darboussier Rhum Vieux Agricole Hors D'Ages is a flamboyant, rich and flavorful mixture of very old rhums aged in vats of oak with a sweet profile, complex character and warm, smooth, soft finish. On opening the bottle, an exceptional bouquet of aromas fills the air. At 90 proof, it has a delicate floral body but packs a good punch. Color is red mahogany, clarity is very good and viscosity suggests an old rum with fine delicate legs.

I am surprised and impressed with this bottle of rhum. I would substitute it for a cognac of the same price any day. If it's about $45 a bottle, I'd say it's well worth the price.
Sounds wonderful Robert. Is this a new intro to the USA market? Or from a "source"?
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You have me interested as well. I have been researching rhums from Guadeloupe / Martinque and have not come across this one.

Who is the distiller?
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Of course I am interested! Is this available to us in the US of A?
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That one wasn't blended or bottled at a distillery on Guadeloupe. There are a few rum merchants who buy rums and blend them for sale under various labels. 90 proof or 45% abv is the proof at which up until a few years ago nearly all rhum vieux was bottled in the French islands.
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That one wasn't blended or bottled at a distillery on Guadeloupe. There are a few rum merchants who buy rums and blend them for sale under various labels. 90 proof or 45% abv is the proof at which up until a few years ago nearly all rhum vieux was bottled in the French islands.
Why the change in ABV for rhums vieux? I was under the impression that one of the defining qualites for rhum agricole was the high ABV.
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Darboussier Rhum Vieux Agricole Hors D'Ages
The name sounds me overinformative:
Vieux= more than 3 y.o.
Hors d'age= more than 6 y.o.

As I know, the only other agricole rhum that put all that informations in label is the Bielle Vieux Hors d'age, from Marie Galante (Guadaluope), 42% abv...
Maybe it's from the same distillery??
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Why the change in ABV for rhums vieux? I was under the impression that one of the defining qualites for rhum agricole was the high ABV.
My guess is for taxes, though I prefer a slightly lower alcohol for sipping but unless the water has been properly blended the spirit will taste very flat and loose its finish.
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The name sounds me overinformative:
Vieux= more than 3 y.o.
Hors d'age= more than 6 y.o.

As I know, the only other agricole rhum that put all that informations in label is the Bielle Vieux Hors d'age, from Marie Galante (Guadaluope), 42% abv...
Maybe it's from the same distillery??
Bielle doesn't produce enough to make a private label.
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Darboussier is a brand that's coming to the US soon. They also have a 24 year old that will sell for about $160 a bottle. Chances are, this rum may be available at Total Wines and Liquors in Florida within the next few months.

I also received a bottle of the Madras Shrubb. Very tasty orange with a hint of spice. I hope to have some samples of these rhums soon that I can pass around to some of our "rum experts" here online for evaluation.
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