We’ve been revisiting the agricole rums of Martinique’s Rhum Clement periodically since we first reviewed its lineup in 2008. Today we’re back with two of Clement’s most prized rums, a 15 year old and a fresh look at one of its top-shelf blends, Cuvee Homere.
Rhum Clement Cuvée Homère (2021) – It’s been 13 years since we sampled this rum — a blend of bourbon-barrelled rums aged 7 to 15 years — and it remains a favorite. Unusually and heavily perfumed on the nose with intense notes of lavender and rose petals, this rum is immersive from the start, folding in aromas of licorice, nutmeg, and a hint of beefy hogo. The palate sweetens things up with vanilla custard notes, gingerbread and graham crackers, and a more general baking spice. The finish sees some toasty oak notes, but manages to keep the focus aimed more toward the bakery than the lumberyard. 88 proof. A / $115 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]
Rhum Clement 15 Years Old – Aged for 15 years in ex-bourbon barrels. That may sound straightforward, but this is old, austere stuff, with a dense and complex nose of walnut oil, overripe pineapple, polished wood, and cigar box. The palate takes those notes and doubles down, playing up the intense, extracted fruit notes and folding in sharp notes of pepper, tobacco, licorice, and toasted spices. The barrel shows its face largely on the finish, where some fresher lumberyard notes develop, leaving behind a lasting note of dried figs, dates, and Madeira wine. This may not be the most balanced rum on the market, but it’s one of the most expressive I’ve had in years. 84 proof. A- / $195