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Clement Rhum

Clément V.S.O.P.
Rhum Vieux Agricole


By Robert Plotkin

Estate-produced Clément is one of Martinique's preeminent agricole rhums, a traditional style of rum distilled from fresh cane juice rather than black strap molasses. After many years absence, the super-premium brand is once again available in the United States, a venerable range led by critically acclaimed Clément V.S.O.P. Rhum Vieux Agricole.

Founded in 1887 by Homère Clément, the estate and plantation are located on the site of an old sugar refinery. The prestigious V.S.O.P. is made in accordance with the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée Martinique from a blend of column-distilled agricole rhums and aged for a minimum of three-years in re-charred bourbon barrels. It is then transferred to seasoned cognac barrels for an additional year of aging.

The mahogany-hued rhum has a soft, medium-weight body and voluminous bouquet of spicy, semisweet, bakery-fresh aromas. Its breadth of flavors is magnificent, a savory array of chocolate, fig, plums, amaretto and red wine that slowly fade into a memorable finish.

The distillery’s portfolio also features Clément Premiére Canne, a silver rhum distilled from seven varieties of Martinique cane; exquisite Clément Cuvée Homère, an ultra-premium rhum comprised of vintage eaux-de-vie from the previous fifteen-years; and Clément Vieux X.O, an elegant and luxurious blend of well-aged, highly prized vintage rhums.

Also now in the U.S. is Clément Créole Shrubb Liqueur, an amazingly delicious liqueur made from a blend of silver and aged rhums, infused with orange and grapefruit peels and a captivating mix of Creole spices.