tanstaafl2 Posted December 9, 2016 Share Posted December 9, 2016 32 minutes ago, smokinjoe said: The operative word here is "moment". Of course, we all know this "pass" is doubtful to last all of a week... Ah, sadly so true. Yesterday I picked up a store picked "single barrel" rhum agricole from Clement that finally arrived after months of delay. Unlike the pretty much consistently excellent "Single Cask" bottling, which for the moment still seems to be limited to outside the US and is typically a single barrel of around 9yo bleu canne rum aged primarily in used bourbon barrels and bottled in 500ml size bottles which can't be used in the US. Rumor was that it would come here in a 375ml size at some point. No sign of it yet! The store pick is called the "Cask Collection" and looks to be more of the basic "Select Barrel" which is typically 3+ years. Supposedly only two stores in town got a barrel so not much around. Although 416 bottles seems rather like quite a lot! About 80 gallons? Seems just a bit odd. This is a single barrel and the label suggests it was finished in "New American Oak" rather than specifically a bourbon barrel. The owner wasn't quite sure if this was truly new oak or a used bourbon barrel and whether it had been charred, toasted or sent on its merry way without so much as a scortch mark. It is a 3yo but they were only about a month short of being able to say it was a 4yo and it is bottled a 88.8 proof. A little more would have been nice. Time will tell if it is any good. But hey, at least it's "ultra-rare"! Packaging is much like the Single Cask except it lacks the bleu canne and non filtered designation. However it was cold yesterday when I brought it home and it sure looked non chill filtered to me. Practically a snow globe! It is obviously much lighter in color being less than half the age and without knowing exactly what type of barrel that was used. Tres chic! But calling them both tres vieux rhum agricole seems a bit of a stretch. The store pick doesn't seem very tres to me. It is only just barely vieux! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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