Happy Now #30


Rhum Clement VSOP

I’m no rum expert but for some reason rum is well represented at the LCBO in Ontario and there are many fine choices available at even the most ordinary of stores. That said, I love rum, and am drawn to cocktails with the spirit as its base. My favourite rums include Smith & Cross, El Dorado 12 Year, Havana Club Silver, Plantation Rum Grande Reserve 5 Year and Rhum Clement’s Aged VSOP. As an aged rhum agricole, Rhum Clement VSOP hails from French Martinique and as such the spirit is distilled in the French West Indies from fresh squeezed sugar cane juice rather than molasses, and then is aged in virgin Limousin barriques and re-charred Bourbon casks for a minimum of four years. The results are nothing short of spectacular.

Though my palate is not sophisticated enough to discern the following flavours, it has been described as having a body of coconut and banana creme brulee, nut, and dried fruit flavors and finishes with a long fade of charred sugarcane, coconut custard, peppery spices and delicate wet minerals. Sounds good but I sadly have the palate of a Neanderthal (I’ve been tested). All I know is that it tastes out of this world in a Daiquiri, one of the world’s truly great cocktails:

2 oz Really Good Rum (Rhum Clement VSOP or Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaican)
¾ oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
¾ oz Lime Juice
1 Lime Slice

Shake with ice and serve in a chilled coupe. Note: this is an extremely different and much more sophisticated version than the neon green mess served over Slushee ice at all-inclusives.

Alas, this incredible spirit is not available in Ontario, nor or any of the amazing aged rhum agricoles. Make sure to get a hold of a bottle while in the US or in Vancouver at Legacy Liquors. You won’t be disappointed.

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