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Rum Nook: Overview 95 – Saint James 15 12 months outdated

Rum Nook: Overview 95 – Saint James 15 12 months outdated


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Good. Easy. Elegant.


Seeing how a lot enjoyable I’m having with the agricoles currently, I
could as properly maintain taking place that path.
So why not strive one other one. And naturally from a distillery,
which I haven’t reviewed earlier than.
Having ”visited” La Favourite, J.Bally and Trois Rivieres
not too long ago, this time I’m going to go to Saint James. One other well-renowned onerous
hitter within the agricole circuit on Martinque.
The plantations has been round since 1765 and the rum was
initially named Saint Jacques, till advertising occurred and demanded a reputation
likelihood to Saint James to woo the english talking drunkards.
Saint James has a a lot diverse product lineup, from white
mixers to luxurious sippers, and at this time I’m going to work on the Saint James 15
12 months outdated for some time.
The 15 12 months outdated is a part of their everlasting lineup, so we’re
coping with a blended product constructed from pure sugar cane juice, and distilled
on creole column nonetheless.
It has been tropically aged for at least 15 years in
small oak casks, earlier than being bottled at 43% ABV.
Moreover it bears the AOC mark, and there lives as much as
many strict french laws, which implies that we’re coping with a extremely
reliable product right here.
I’m not going to elucidate the standards behind the AOC. I can
be googled in case you are not already conversant in it.
At first look, the darkish wood case hives off an aura of
excellence, however whenever you take away the flimsy, plastic window, my enthusiasm cooled down a bit.
There may be nothing on the field apart from a ”Saint James” hearth
branded on the edges and on wood high of the plastic window.
Inside we discover a basic sq. based mostly and slightly tall Saint
James bottle, which is used for many of their rums. I has a number of embossed
components, the place the Saint James identify is seen.
The label i slightly massive, and is split into two components. Det
higher half is black and solely incorporates model identify data. The decrease half is
purple, which is particular for the 15 12 months outdated, and incorporates age, origin, abv and
a number of quick tasting notes in french.
That’s it. Not a lot Mr. Fancypants. Fortunately.
Within the bottle we discover a clear, copper colored liquid, which
generates a pleasant, thick layer of residue on the glass. Af a number of seconds a thick
ring is seen, and some seconds later, some good, fats legs has joined the occasion.
It appears we’re in for a viscous deal with.
Mild as a feather, and it feels fairly little slender. Not
sharp or pungent or something disagreeable like that. Simply slender.
First off is a few fairly apparent cane juice, and slightly toasted
Orange peel is subsequent together with a small dose of vanilla.
And that’s just about it.
Certainly it was tremendous slender and doesn’t maintain many secrets and techniques.
It does come off fairly balanced and maybe should
noticeable of all, it’s insanely elegant. Tippy-toeing across the nostril with
a lot grace.
Nonetheless very gentle, and extremely gracious.
Once more the cane juice notes and the oaks are first.
Then comes the orange peel and vanilla.
There may be additionally some caramel in there, and an natural or
medicinal aspect, which I can’t establish.
Nonetheless not very deep or complicated, however it is extremely nice and the
magnificence of it … oh my the magnificence.
It’s like a ballet in your palate. All the things is lacks in
flavour variety, shock and wow, it greater than makes up for with its tremendous
elegant nature.
By definition the end is slightly lengthy. However there may be not a lot
of something, that stays on by way of out.
The preliminary flavours die out slightly quick, after which there may be
simply fruity cane and some spices left.
And that tiny aftertaste stays with you for a very long time.
Once more: Very elegant to a fault.
Score and ultimate
A quite simple, sincere and good agricole.
There wasn’t many layers to traverse, there wasn’t one million
totally different flavours to search out and establish.

It has only a few. They usually have been neatly organised and
balanced by way of out all the journey.

And I do know I discussed it a number of instances already, however oh my
it’s elegant.
This is without doubt one of the most elegant rums I’ve ever tried.
Maybe as a result of it’s roughly french…
Worth is excellent if you will discover it for value. I
was lucky to search out it in an area Danish tremendous marketplace for round €50. When you
can discover it at a value like that, it is advisable get it.
It appears that there’s numerous very respectable agricoles
accessible at very inexpensive costs. Throw within the reality, that almost all french rhums
don’t have the behavior of tampering with something, and then you definately’re just about
off to begin.
I form of remorse taking so lengthy to get correctly began on
the agricoles, as a result of now that I’ve, I lastly realised that I’ve many
nice rhums left to find.

The Saint James 15 was a pleasant distraction. A easy, 4 or
5 methods pony, however nonetheless extremely satisfying. And for that I have to award
it a…




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