A luscious mahogany color, like burnished copper, truly a precious sight, is enhanced by swirling and waiting a few seconds, to produce a Moulin Rouge chorus line of crazily long legs on the sides of your tasting glass. A sweet bouquet of smoky caramelized sugar is tempered by herbaceous cane scents, then come deeper aromas of old oak, charcoal, black licorice, tobacco, mild cinnamon, heavy dark bread and candied fruit. The tasting entrée comes with a dessert course. You’ll discover a mild flavor of semi-sweet, high-cocoa-content chocolate before a balanced medley of spices including cinnamon, white pepper and vanilla, supported on a medium full body with the texture of oven-fresh fruit cake. The rewarding finish delivers a slight burn that stops at top of throat, then a prolonged sweetness like chewing on fresh sugarcane, as if the entire tasting experience was played in reverse as a reminder of Clément 6 Year Old’s elegance.
Clément was right on target in 2012, with releases of two fantastic new expressions of their classic rhums agricole. Their latest rhums vieux include the 6 Year Old Grande Réserve Trés Vieux and a 10 Year Old. There is more difference between them that a few years, yet they share the common bond of their noble heritage. I suspect both would make the distillery’s founder proud.
Always the definitive Martinique rhum – after all, Homére Clement was instrumental in the invention of the agricole style – today distillerie Clément delivers evermore approachable rhums with their latest creations.
Benjamin Mélin-Jones; Director of Clément North America and descendent of Homère Clément, the distillery’s founder, provides a classy summary about the latest expressions: “We always were confident we had the attention of the rum connoisseurs who have known about our rhums for generations, but to see the stunning attraction … from those who appreciate other fine spirits has been a joy to experience. The Clément 6 and 10 Year Old aged rhum really push the envelope on what one defines as the typical flavor profile for dark or aged rum.”
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After a minimum period of of six years aging in new French oak barriques and re-charred ex-Bourbon barrels, the grassy sugarcane spirit is transformed like a chrysalis into an herbaceous delight. Served neat, Clément’s 6 year old delivers all the hearty agricole flavor you could want. Add a splash of water or a rock of ice and it transforms into a velvety smooth pussycat purring of sugarcane goodness. Colorful, complex, with a slightly feminine bouquet that reflects its origin yet masculine in flavor, Clément redefines what a rhum vieux agricole can achieve in only six years.
Reviewed: Bottle from lot number L174/12, February 2013 at The Rum Gallery, USA.