Review #334 – Rhum Clement Cask Strength Single Barrel #229: K&L Wines

Review #334 – Rhum Clement Cask Strength Single Barrel #229: K&L Wines

Review #: 334
Description: Rhum Clement Cask Strength Single Barrel #229
Spirit: Agricole

Background: This is a single cask of Rhum Agricole from Habitation Clement in Martinique.  Aged in “American Oak” so likely ex-bourbon, it was filled on November 1st, 2014 and dumped on January 24th, 2019, so 4 years of tropical aging. It’s been a while since I’ve had some agricole so let’s get into it.

Distillery – Habitation Clement

Bottler – Habitation Clement

Brand – Clement

Selection – K&L Wines

ABV – 56.6%

Age – 4 Years

Nose – Juicy orange, a little grassy, coffee grounds, tart fruit, chGreen banana, brown sugar, honey wheat bread, there’s just a bit of grassy/barnyard hay note to indicate the cane juice but it really is more subtle than I was expecting. A touch of menthol too to go along with the grass.
Taste – Caramel, vanilla, maple syrup, cooked apples, banana, sweet cinnamon.  Very sweet but not cloying.  Just a little straight forward
Finish – Sweetness definitely hits a wall with some sharp oak, wood glue, ginger, black pepper.  Has a fairly plasticky lingering tackiness to go along with some heat.

Score: 6
Would I buy a bottle? Yes.  Think these were $40 normally and then went on sale for less.  Definitely worth it.

Thoughts: This was solid and definitely good quality.  It was sweeter and more straightforward than I was expecting.  I kind of wanted a bit more weirdness to go with the cane juice but instead I think this is very approachable.  Not a negative, just makes it a touch less interesting to me.

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