Rhum JM Rum VSOP
The glorious J.M V.S.O.P. is created by aging rhum 3 years in re-charred Bourbon barrels and finishing the rhum an additional year in lightly toasted new American oak barrels and finally reduced to 43 % ABV with pure volcanic spring water from Habitation Bellevue to create an extraordinary aged rhum that retains qualities of the natural terroir and sugarcane of Habitation Bellevue. Expect to find nougaty richness with cinnamon and clove aromas, flavors of spiced butter and lemony toffee, which leads into a smooth and subtle finish.
Rhum J.M is the smallest distiller on Martinique. It carries a certain mystique and is regarded with reverence amongst Martinique residents. The current owners are fifth generation heirs of the Crassous de Medeuil, and maintain the unique character of their rhum despite having been purchased by Rhum Clment circa 2004. The estate sits away from Martiniques other distilleries on the islands northeast side. Due to the more humid climate of its location at the foot of (often overcast) Mount Pele, J.M often harvests their sugar cane later than other distilleries, resulting in a unique product. Per strict AOC specifications, only fresh pressed cane juice is fermented, then distilled in one pass through a copper column still. The rich distillate is stored in stainless steel tanks for a month or more, before maturing in small new American oak casks.