Rhum JM Agricole Blanc 55% Rhum
Because of the intense tropical humidity and protection from the marine layer over the estate, the sugarcane at Habitation Bellevue, the home of Rhum J.M., grows in a full 12 month cycle and is harvested each Spring. Because they harvest only their own sugarcane, the sugarcane is pressed in less than 1 hour from when it was cut, delivering the freshest possible juice to be made into rhum. The sugarcane juice naturally ferments slowly into a sugarcane wine (Vin de Canne) of around 5% abv over the course of 36-48 hours. The sugarcane wine is then distilled into Rhum Agricole in a Créole Copper Column at or near 70% alcohol, retaining the natural flavor and aroma of the Habitation's cane and terroir. The distillate is then rested in stainless steel tanks for at least three months, before being reduced to bottling strength and bottled.
This version, bottled at an especially hefty 55% abv (The traditional proof in Martinique), displays even more big ripe fruit and earthy wonder than the 50% bottling. On the nose, there is pineapple and fresh fruit, registering as quite sweet, tampered by green plantains and grass as well. On the palate, it explodes with fresh citrus and pineapple juice tang, with mango on rhythm guitar, before taking a turn into intense earthiness and grassy flavors, alternating between mushroom-like umami and slightly vegetal notes. Make way for the ultimate Ti Punch.