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Welcome to Po'Nutrition Fax! This blog is about alcohol - it has nothing to do with health or wellness, and the only relationship between this and Edgar Allen Poe is that he was an alcoholic.

I used to work in a liquor store and developed a taste for all different types of booze. As my collection grew, I felt the need to share my knowledge of, interest in, and experiences with my purchases - from the standards (e.g. whisk(e)y, gin) to the less-than-standard (e.g. kirschwasser, raki). You'll also find a lot on beer (another love of mine).

This is not about how much I can drink nor do I promote over-excess of alcohol. As with most blogs, there is some self-reflection included with most of the reviews. The point is to encourage everyone to reflect on what they drink.

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Cheers!
Mike

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Rhum J.M. Agricole Blanc

OK, I bought another rum despite my claims that I would not do it for awhile.

But summer is approaching and rum seemed like the thing to buy.

Since I don't like molasses-based rums (as a general rule) I noticed this particular sugarcane-based rum and thought "What the hell? It will be less than $30 for a one liter bottle, why not give it a shot?"

The nose has scents of Mr. Sketch Lime-scented markers, basil, and hints of thyme and rosemary. Furthermore, there is plenty of ash and smoke too.

The terroir of the sugarcane used to make this rhum (the French spelling) has volcanic influences: the soil is "volcanic" and "volcanic mineral water" is used to dilute the distillate (as claimed by the producer's website). The strong "ash and smoke" scents make sense with this information.

The flavors match the scents pretty closely. However there is also a buttery quality to it, and has a long, dry finish too.

Initially, the smokiness of this rum threw me off. Not in a bad way but in a very unexpected way. I thought the smokiness was imparted during the harvest (since the sugarcane fields are burned before harvest - to remove the sharp leaves). This prompted some research on my part, where I found this volcanic terroir information, and it provided a satisfactory answer. As a result, I've come to appreciate the unique influence of the terroir on the final product.

Would this rum be a proper choice for everyone? No. Maybe scotch or mezcal drinkers would like to give this rum a try. Or it might go well in a Cubanita (a Bloody Mary made with rum). Or use it to make a Basil Mojito.

Or drink it straight - that's what I'll keep doing.