Clément Rhum Agricole Blanc – the perfect introduction to Martinique rhum, in my opinion, one of the most bang-for-buck bottles on the entire shelf. It does everything you’d expect from a Rhum Agricole. It’s not the most powerful or concentrated but it stands up fantastically in a variety of cocktails. For someone hunting for a Cachaça to use in Caipirinhas, I might cheekily point them in this direction (sorry Brazil).
Clément V.S.O.P. – This rhum has been aged for four years in ex-bourbon barrels. It’s the best of the Martinique rhums for a whisk(e)y fan looking to branch out. Time in barrel has given this rhum a lovely added richness with notes of vanilla and spice on the nose. The earthy, grassy flavours are still, however, very much in abundance on the palate.
Rhum J.M Terroir Volcanique – one of three brand new products to hit the shelves from Martinique, I’ve been keen to get some Rhum J.M in for a while. This rhum is packed with tropical fruit, particularly passionfruit, which is a really interesting characteristic. It’s a Rhum Vieux which means it’s been aged for a minimum of three years, so along with all the tropical fruit, there’s some lovely oaky notes as well.
Rhum J.M Atelier Épices Créoles – it’s important to mention to anyone who’s translated the name of this rhum that this is not a spiced rum. The Spices that the name refer to are derived from a maturation process which involves time spent in virgin oak casks followed by a period where different blending components have been rested in a variety of different cask types. This includes French oak, ex-Cognac casks and ex-bourbon.
Rhum J.M X.O. – this is the oldest expression of rhum from Martinique that we carry. Technically the rhum must be a minimum of six years old, however there are older elements involved in the blend to add further complexity. Once again, the liquid spent most of its maturation period in a combination of virgin and ex-bourbon casks before switching to a variety of different cask finishes for the remaining years. The X.O. is the flagship of the J.M range, it’s damn delicious!