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#25a Reimonenq Vieux 9 Year Old Rhum (1999)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 30, 2015

Distillerie Reimonenq (also referred to as Musee Du Rhum) was founded in 1916 by the Reimonenq family. The distillery, like most others on Guadeloupe, produces Rhum Agricole from distilled sugar cane juice. The fresh-cut cane is crushed by electric mills and the resulting ‘honey’ undergoes a 24 to 48 hour fermentation in open air vessels. The fermented ‘wine’ is distilled in a stainless steel column in the traditional french manner.

Reimonenq 1999 SAM_1385Incidentally, the word “rhum” is the French spelling for our English word “rum”. However, the differences between Rhum and Rum are much deeper than just a twist in spelling. This is because the french traditions of making rhum in the French West Indies differs from the Spanish and English traditions of rum production in the rest of the Caribbean. A major difference in the production of agricole rhum is that it is distilled from fermented sugar cane juice rather than fermented molasses. As well rhum agricole is usually single distilled to 70 per cent alcohol by volume (ABV), and then brought to bottling proof (50 % ABV) after it is aged. These differences in production translate into a very different flavour profile, one that is more floral than molasses based rum.

Here is a link to the review of the first of two #25 spirits on my Rum Howler Top 100 Spirits Countdown of the best spirits I have ever tasted.

#25a – Reimonenq Vieux 9 Year Old Rhum (1999)

“… The glass keeps sending new signals into the air as impressions of anise and licorice begin to appear with persistent aroma of fresh green spearmint as well. Hints of cinnamon and cloves, and traces of freshly ground black pepper keep the aroma fresh and inviting. A light mustiness seems to be anchoring all of these scents and smells, and I cannot help but think of forgotten wooden granaries sagging in the sunlight with dusty old burlap sacks gathered in the corners …”


You may follow my Countdown list of the 100 Best Spirits here: The Rum Howler 2015 – Top 100 Spirits

Note: Time for a bit of a confession. After compiling and beginning to publish my list, I realized that I had neglected to sample the spectacular rhum from the Distillerie Reimonenq (located on the isle of Guadeloupe) when doing my summertime examinations. To remedy this situation I tasted it alongside similar scoring spirits afterwards, and then added it upon my list creating a tie for the #25 position. Thus we will call Reimonenq Vieux 9 Year Old Rhum (1999) the #25a spirit, and the spirit which has shared its place upon the countdown will be the #25b spirit (to be revealed later today).  

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