Saint James Rhum Paille Rhum Agricole

The Data

Category   Rum/Rhum

Sub-Category   Rhum Agricole

Origin   Martinique

Retail Price   $24.99

ABV   40%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, pale, yellow straw color.

Aromatics

The nose is wonderfully complex first showing wild grassy notes present in Rhum Agricole with dense dried fruit, wild honey, and barrel accents including vanilla bean and nutmeg.

Flavor

The palate is in full agreement with the nose with fruit cake dominating the core with waves of wood, grass, citrus, and spice on the flanks.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied with complex fruit, grass, and wood notes balanced by pepper and acid.

Cool Factor

B

Rhum Agricole is largely cool while the aged examples really need to be offered at strengths greater than 40% abv to fully express the layers and to avoid muting flavors.

Value Grade

B

Sold in the middle $20 range there is a lot of compettion in the Rum/Rhum market.

Analysis

The classic new spirit is matured for 12 months in large oak casks. This short period of wood aging concentrates the fruit flavors and mutes some of the fresh cane and grass notes. This expression from Saint James is a nice introduction to the style. We do prefer that aged Rhum Agricole be bottled at higher proof that allows the more subtle cane accents to be expressed even when the spirit is aged in oak.

How to Enjoy

Sip over ice or include in fruit-driven Rum cocktails.

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