By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
I'm honestly surprised that there hasn't been an article in the paper about these casks yet. There's just no one else doing single casks of agricole at this age for anywhere close to the price. I'd honestly feel comfortable selling these rums for double this price (near where the importer originally envisioned these casks coming in), but I know the world is not ready for that. So I was very grateful and honored to be allowed to sell these rums at an altogether reasonable price. Some might look at it and say, well there's plenty of other rum that's older for cheaper, but that's where you'd be wrong. This is not rum, but Rhum Agricole. This is an agricultural product that's limited in its capacity by nature and french law. Only a certain amount of this can be produced each year and it must legally be aged entirely on island. That means MASSIVE losses. Most Agricole we see is only a few years old. People are happy to pay $50-60 for those, but don't realize that for $100 more you could be experiencing one of the world's most transcendent spirits. At nearly 15 years of age, only a tiny fraction of the original spirit is left. Here they age in French oak, which is a big (and expensive) distinction from the rest of the Caribbean. Bottled at cask strength and without chill filtration, these two single casks are easily in the upper echelons of what is possible with cane spirit, period. The nose is just a believably complex. An orchestra of oak and rhum flavors. Countless tropical fruits balanced by a subtle agricole brine, green olives, licorice bark, and sweet cloves. Absolutely mouth coating and thick in texture. Beautiful stewed orchard fruit, strong freshly dried tobacco leaf, espresso from Sant'Eustachio with sugar (of course no sugar is added here!!!) Long and complex on the finish and you know it's great when the very best part is the smell of the glass after it's done. Unlikely most cask strength rums I do recommend a tiny splash of water the incredible richness of this rum stands up to water well and you can see the oils expanding the complexity as you add it. A superlative expression and easily one of the best aged rum on the market at ANY price.