There is something rather wonderful about discovering new, lesser known rum brands as your journey into this romantic, often mysterious and often exquisite spirit continues.
This is even more the case when it is a previously unheard of Rhum Agricole, perhaps the most unique variety of the spirit, to be enjoyed.
Saint James is certainly a company that fits the bill. A Rhum Agricole, it is produced with the fermented juice of the pressed sugar cane, as opposed to a sugar by-product like molasses. This produces a more fragrant and grassy character, as opposed to the sugar-heavy profiles of other rum varieties.
This bottle of Saint James is named “Royal Ambré”, presumably after its glorious gold colour. Produced on the Isle of Martinique, it has been aged for between one and half to two years in Limousin oak barrels.
The result is a lovely Agricole, with a spritely and youthful character and plenty of bright cane and vanilla oak flavours. The proof of 45% ABV gives this rum a little bit more of a kick.
Complex enough to sip neat, yet light enough to mix into cocktails, this is a versatile rum that makes a great option for cocktail bartenders.