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La Favorite hailing from Martinique will be a familiar name to those of you who enjoy French Rhum or Agricole Rhum as it is more commonly known.
Agricole Rhum (agricultural rum) differs from Molasses based rum in that it is produced from Sugar Cane Juice rather than molasses. You may also have heard of a spirits called Cachaca which is made from Sugar Cane Juice. I’m not entirely sure what the difference is but other than in Brasil Agricole Rhum is much more popular. Molasses based rum in contract to “agricole” rum can be called “industrial” rum. I’m sure you can understand why most rum producers don’t opt to categorise their rum in such a way!
In 1857 a young wine and spirit merchant called Paul Bardinet began blending and ageing the “tafia” (as it was called at the time) or sugar-cane alcohol, which arrived in Limoges, France from the far flung islands of the Caribbean.
Legend goes that Bardinet worked on taming the firewater, which arrived on French shores with various blending and ageing techniques until he was producing something comparable to the Rhum Negrita which is now commonly available across mainland Europe. In particular France and Spain.
Saint James Royal Ambre is a Rhum Agricole from the French speaking island of Martinique.
For those unfamiliar with Rhum Agricole it is rum made from fresh cane juice as opposed to Rhum Industriel which is produced from molasses or other sugar by products.
The term Rhum Industriel is not widely used as it has negative connotations and those that do produce rhum in this way have no desire or motivation to market their products as such. As most production occurs outside of the French speaking islands it has no real meaning. The term when used in derogative way does Rhum Agricole’s snobbish overpriced reputation little favours.
Ahhh the French you could almost hate the entire nation for Michel Platini and his Anglophilic tendencies alone. So the French being the French they couldn’t make r(h)um the English way they had to do it their way.
And so was born Rhum Agricole (Agricultural Rum) a more expensive way of making rum. Agricole rum is made from fresh pressed sugar cane juice rather than molasses. Due to the price of the various rhum agricole’s on offer I was expecting something quite spectacular. However, from looking online it seemed quite overlooked and not a lot if it seemed to be getting on any notable award lists.
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