What is Rhum Agricole?
Posted On: October 6, 2016
Related to rum, rhum agricole differs in its production process. Instead of being distilled from molasses–a by-product of the sugar-producing process–it’s made from freshly pressed sugarcane juice. The result is grassy, vegetal–and very interesting to sip or mix. Punch talks about how it’s made, how it tastes, bottles to try and how to drink it.
By Wayne Curtis
Some years ago, Gregory Vernant Neisson was showing me through his family’s rum distillery, the smallest of about a half-dozen on the French island of Martinique. We came upon a miniature tank farm—16 gleaming stainless steel vats, each holding rum made from sugar harvested on a different parcel of land.
“This is from Carbet,” he said, pointing to one tank. “And that’s different from the rum made of cane from the Saint-Pierre fields.” The sugar cane from higher elevation volcanic soils, he explained, produced rum a bit more subtle than the more boisterous lower elevation sandy soils. These tanks were the company’s palette, from which they blended their Niesson rum. Read the entire article on Punch.