Sunday, August 9, 2009

Clement Rhum Vieux Agricole VSOP

Clement Rhum Vieux Agricole VSOP begins as fresh sugar cane, crushed within a few hours into juice (also utilized within a few hours!!) which is fermented with Organic field yeasts from the sugarcane for 24-72 hours, masterfully distilled in a small copper column still, rested, and then aged for over a year in small, new French oak Barrels-- only to be moved into Bourbon Barrels for more than 3 years of additional extensive aging-- the results are amazing. The scents include: baked banana, chocolate milk (yoohoo), grilled pineapple, cryptic spice (so harmonious is meld it invoke formulations rather than specific spices), creamy coconut and nuts with dried tropical fruit. The flavor follows suit but in a more focused manner. It has a medium body, replete with delicate restatements of exotic fruits baked into flaky pastries, crowned with crème anglais with temerarious peppery piquance to keep the palate spirited-- vibrant, reminds me of menthol. It ends with a honeyed, dynamic dalliance that intrigues over and over again. Enjoy neat or in an exceptional drink-- like Rumdood's MaiTai......