When Homère Clément, (born in 1852 in Trinité, Martinique), acquired the Habitation and founded Rhum Clément in 1887; little did he realize that he was creating a lasting legacy. Today 18th century Habitation Clément is one of the oldest estates on the island. Bernard Hayot bought Habitation Clément in 1986, and opened it to the public in 1988.
Most rum is made from molasses (a by-product of the sugar production), but the funkier Rhum Agricole is crafted from free-run sugarcane juice, giving it plant-like flavours and more sense of terroir. Think of it as the natural wine of the rum world. Homère Clément is widely seen as the father of Rhum Agricole (although it was his son, Charles, who perfected the family recipe), and the distillery that bears his name remains one of the finest proponents of this style. Their rhum is only produced for two months a year, when the sugarcane is ripe and fresh.
Tasting Notes- A clean, classic example of Martinique Rhum Agricole. Crafted from the intensely aromatic juice of one varietal sugarcane, "Canne Bleue", this rum rests for just over six months in a stainless steel vat and is slowly reduced over time with distilled volcanic spring water before being bottled at 50% abv.
Bright aromas and flavours of fresh meringue, powdered sugar, cucumber and cane stalk with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, tingling pepper, sweet cream, talc, and wet stone accented finish.