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Archive for the ‘Agricole’ Category

Review: Rhum J.M. V.O

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 8, 2021

Rhum J.M. is located in the village of Macouba, in the northern part of Martinique. The facility sits at the base of iconic volcano Mt. Pelée.  The company produces AOC Rhum Agricole from estate-grown sugarcane, and is said to be the first recorded distillery to produce Rhum Agricole.

The word “rhum” is the French spelling for our English word “rum”. However, the differences between Rhum and Rum are often much deeper than just a twist in spelling. This is because the traditions of making rhum in the French West Indies differs from the traditions of rum production in the rest of the Caribbean. The major difference in the production of Agricole Rum 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 abv., and then brought to bottling proof after it is aged.

Here is a link to my first Agricole Rhum review of 2021:

Review: Rhum J.M.  V.O

“… Richer and more developed than I would expect from a 3 Year Old Spirit with enticing maple and caramel combined with with leathery oak, vanilla and almond. Hints of cinnamon and touches of wood sap complete the nose ….”

Please enjoy my review.




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Review: Séverin Rhum Viex 4 ans

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 13, 2020

Domaine de Séverin is a small Agrilcole Rhum distillery on Guadalupe (an overseas region of France consisting of a group of islands in the Lesser Antilles chain in the eastern Caribbean Sea). It was really hard to find out anything substantial about this relatively unknown distiller. I found their website, but if you checked that link up above you will see that other than displaying nice bottle shots of their family of french style rhum, there really is not a lot of information to be gleaned.

Upon their website, Séverin Rhum Viex 4 ans is advertised by Domaine de Séverin as a four year old spirit which has been aged in former American oak barrels (Bourbon). The Rhum is bottled at 42 % abv and is said to be a supple rum with notes of vanilla, cooked banana and a finish of exotic fruits.

Here is a link to my review which includes a nice recipe for Ti Punch, a traditional cocktail in the French West Indies:

Review: Séverin Rhum Viex 4 ans

“… The taste is light and pleasant guided by herbals flavours typical of Rhum Agricole. There is a mingling of butterscotch, almond and vanilla with hints of herbal mint, raisins, and camphor. Fine oak spices provide a little heat, but not too much …”

Please enjoy my review of this elegant French style Rhum!


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Review: William Hinton 3 Year Old Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 10, 2020

Madeira (an autonomous region of Portugal) is an archipelago comprising 4 islands approximately 520 kilometers off the northwest coast of Africa. Early in the colonization of these Islands it was noticed that these islands in the middle of the Atlantic had exceptional conditions for the planting of sugarcane. According to historical reports, the king, Infante D. Henrique, introduced sugar cane on Madeira Island in 1425 only 6 years after the Island was discovered.

William Hinton founded his Distillery in 1845 producing the rum from local sugar cane juice. The distillery had great success and by 1920 was processing 600 tons of sugar cane daily. Unfortunately, this was the peak of the rum production and a decline eventually saw the distillery cease production in 1986.

In 2006, William Hinton’s heirs relaunched the distillery using an alembic still. Their William Hinton 3 Year Old Rum is produced from sugar cane syrup which has undergone a special prolonged fermentation process and aged in French oak barrels. The spirit is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my review with complete tasting notes and my serving suggestion:

Review: William Hinton 3 Year Old Rum

“… The breezes bring my dusty sandalwood spices, light butterscotch, vanilla, almond, and a bit of green grape.The spirit is light and floral (almost delicate) with a mild herbal quality. I notice hints of camphor, ginger and cinnamon as well as a light light fruitiness of banana and green grape, perhaps a touch of red licorice. Although the spirit is light, it is nevertheless engaging …”

Please enjoy the review and my suggested serving, the Madeiran Presbyterian.



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Review: Rum Nation – Engenho Novo Amarone Cask

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 19, 2020

Rare Rums is the special selection of Rum Nation bottlings. These are particular special limited edition releases with very few numerated bottles. Engenho Novo Amarone Cask (Nat84) was bottled from two casks (186 and 187) from Madeira’s Engenho Novo Distillery (William Hinton). It is a 9 year Old Agricole Rhum which was finished for 18 months in Amarone Casks, after an initial aging period in 2nd fill bourbon casks.

According to Rum Nation’s Rare Rums website (here):

This traditional distillery from Madeira conducted an experiment finishing their rum for 18 months in casks of the heavy, fruity Italian red wine: Amarone. It was a risky experiment; however the result was more conservative than expected. The typical herbal richness of their rum, full of earthy notes, was preserved: dark, and with the influence of the Amarone wine appearing as as a different twist in the peppery character and tannic astringency of the long, warm, lingering finish.

Rum Nation – Engenho Novo Amarone Cask is bottled at 52 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Rum Nation – Engenho Novo Amarone Cask (Nat 84)

“… I smell rum and hints of red licorice with vanilla and spice. There are herbal herbal scents of camphour and heather and hints light minty candies. As the glass breathes I notice building aromas of dry fruit (dates and raisins), spicy oak, rich baking spices and luscious chocolate all joining in with those cherry-like red licorice scents …”

Please enjoy my review of this Rum Nation Rare Rum.



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Review: Rum Nation Ilha da Madeira 3 Year Old 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 4, 2020

Rum Nation is an Italian company created by Fabio Rossi, who began his life in the spirits trade as a Oenologist (one who has studied winemaking). After his studies, Mr. Rossi left the wine business and started up a whisky company in Edinburgh (Wilson and Morgan) acting as an independent bottler of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. His interest turned to rum and in 1999 Fabio Rossi founded Rum Nation. His company is headquartered in Italy; but Fabio purchases select rums from various distillers in the Caribbean and the Americas. As a result Rum Nation provides a rather unique assortment of rare limited edition rum bottlings.

One such bottling is Rum Nation Ilha da Madeira 3 Year Old bottled at 42 % alcohol by Volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Rum Nation Ilha da Madeira 3 Year Old 

“… As the rhum breathes, I notice light floral character developing which seems to be connected with the herbal notes within the spirit. Banana, more green grape a light winding mint, and hints ginger and cinnamon round out the nose which is quite delightful …”

Please enjoy my review of this light nuanced rhum from Madeira.



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