Clément Premiére Canne

Clément Premiere Canne

Product of:  Martinique
Aged:  9 months 
Price: $85
Alcohol: 40% ABV 
Sugar: 0 g/L 
Context: Rhum Agricole Blanc
RG Rating: 8.5

Tasting Notes
Clément Premiére Canne shows crystal clear in color. Aromas speak of the source:  a vegetal cane bouquet with a bit of sweet ethyl alcohol.  It’s as if your sniffing juice from sugarcane that was cut only moments before, such that the cane had no time to spoil. The taste is crisp and mildly sweet without cloying. Those flavors continue to a dry finish, with a lingering film of sweet cane flavor.   

Anecdotes
Impressively tall frosted bottle with a watercolor-like picture of Habitation Clément visible through a clear window beneath the label.  A natural cork cap adds an added measure of quality and class to a spirit intended to be consumed rapidly in finer cocktail bars. 

Opinion
While Premiere Canne makes a delicious white sipping rhum, very clean and light, it’s intended for mixing. Despite it’s sweet taste and low ABV, don’t rule it out of traditional Martinique cocktails - simply create your own ‘Ti Punch Doux or Clement Daiquiri.  Better yet, substitute this refined white agricole rhum for the ubiquitous bulk white rums from Puerto Rico, or instead of caçhaca in a caipirinha, or in imaginative vodka and gin drinks, or … well, it’s limited only by your creativity! 

Reviewed: January 2011 at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017