La Favorite Rhum Blanc Agricole 1 Liter
Rhum Agricole is a type of rum distilled in one of the french west indies islands from freshly squeezed sugar cane juice rather than from molasses. Fresh smooth tropical flower aroma. The body is rich in citrus and pear followed by citrus and fresh sugar cane juice finish.
The La Favorite distillery, built-in 1842, originally employed a water wheel to power the cane-crushing mills, the first step in sugar production. At that time, the estate included two sugar refineries and a small rum distillery with five fermentation vats, a small boiler, and a copper pot still.
Bankruptcy is 1875, followed by the hurricane of 1891 closed the estate until 1909 when Henri Dormoy purchased the property. Dormoy built a railway through the plantation to transport fresh cane from the surrounding countryside to the distillery where he installed a new distillation column and steam engine.
Today La Favorite is one of the last two family-owned distilleries on the island and produces less than 500,000 liters of AOC Rhum Agricole per year.
La Favorite contracts with farmers to buy sugar cane grown in the central region of Martinique near the distillery. All of the La Favorite rhums exported to the US are distilled, aged, and bottled at the distillery.
The nose is sharp and a bit unrefined, yet remarkably clear for something so young it has some herbs, some citrus, it’s a shade musty and dry, and also presents a nice amalgam of vanilla, cereals, rye bread, and gruyere.
The palate of the golden-colored juice from La Favorite sort of broke up the melange by pivoting to tastes that were more precise and distinct.
The finish was kinda short and dry, but in this case, that was okay, since it closed up the experience in a calm and easy fashion, without any spicy aggression that threatened to skewer nose or tonsils.