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Best Martinique Rum?
AdOrAdam
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Joined: Jun 16, 2013
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From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2014-04-01 2:57 pm   Permalink

However, I recently got some Saint James Rhum Vieux so here's a review:

I'm (strangely) quite excited about this purchase - Although I was at first surprised, I subsequently enjoyed & have missed the taste of SJ Amber.

Also Hors D'age has been sold out in the UK for a while & import would have made it prohibitively expensive IMO. Sunny&Rummys statement that Rhum Vieux & Hors D'age are the same thing in the bottle picked up my interest again ~ the original $100 mai tai rum.

Price wise the SJ Rhum Vieux was 29.50 ($50) - that makes it not the cheapest agricole but near the lower end of the price list. For me that is in line with Appleton 12, El Dorado 12 (eg. it should be premium), but Im thinking agricoles just are a bit more expensive.

Drinking it neat... it's quite a 'full' taste which I like, the 'agricole' taste is quite present. It tastes like SJ Amber & Appleton 12 combo from earlier in this thread but is slightly more cohesive, like the 2 rums had been left together for a while. A burn is present but it smells great the burn thins a little with water & time.

I headed into mixing...

In a Donga Punch - this is an ok drink but not great. The SJ RV blends well & has a relatively short finish. In comparison to Clement VSOP, it is heavy - the Clement has preferable higher vinegary notes & has a longer finish.

In a Three Dots & a Dash with El Dorado 8 - this a great drink. However, its battle between Clement VSOP & LH151 with SJ RV & El Dorado 8 coming in a close second.

In a Mai Tai with Appleton 12 - this is a good drink. The same comments are applicable as with the Donga Punch (ie. SJRV has a short finish & is heavy) but that's not necessarily a bad thing. To my mind it sits between a mai tai with El Dorado 12 or Clement VSOP, all 3 are worth a try:



If I had tried SJ Rhum Vieux prior to the Clement VSOP, I would be thinking 'this is a great rhum... I just dont like Donga Punches'. If I subsequently got 'used' to it, Clement VSOP would be a worthy step up.

Overall, Saint James Rhum Vieux... is a good rhum IMO
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AdOrAdam
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From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2014-04-01 3:06 pm   Permalink

In looking tasting & comparing my 'rhums' they exhibit a wide range of differences to each other but also share a lot of the same traits.

Trois Riveras Blanc sits as my benchmark white rhum.
Clement VSOP is fast becoming (or has become) a favourite.
Barbancourt 5 Star didn't rate on my 'agricole' scale but is nice as a rum & going in cocktails calling for it by name.
Saint James Rhum Vieux is a good rum to use if Im conserving the Clement VSOP.

So I have plenty of aged rhum to get on with (about a bottle & a half), my white rhum is low (less than a quarter left). I could replace it with the same but Id like a few recommendations for a white rhum.

What's suggested next TC?!
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lunavideogames
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2014-04-01 6:42 pm   Permalink


This is my current Martinique selection. I haven't tried them back to back yet but I will soon. I will update this ASAP.

I am thinking St James over Clement as it stands right now but I have a bunch to try still before I can make any final judgements.

The last time I bought St James at Cap n Cork, they told me that St James might be going under... Anyone know anything about this? I hope it is not true!


 
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