Trois Rivières - Cuvée de l'ocean - 42% abv.
Updated: Dec 27, 2018
Rum-Review-A-Day: Day 10 - Trois Rivières - Cuvée de l'ocean - 42% abv.
Here we are back with french white unaged agricole rhum from the island of Martinique. This release from Trois Rivières French Plantation Rhum is produced from fresh cane press from cane cultivated on the Southern coast of the island. It is stated by the producer that the cane itself is grown so close to the shoreline that during high tide the canes are submerged under the water. With this in mind, they aimed to produce a rhum that maintains a certain briny character that should remind the drinker of the salty Caribbean ocean waters…Let’s see…
On the nose I can instantly say that if briny was what they were out after, they certainly succeeded. This rhum smells like the beach! And that doesn’t just apply to the salt. It is packed full of wet stone and mineral notes as well. Combine these salty and sandy notes with the green grassy character from the fresh pressed cane juice and you get an almost seaweed like funk going on. Interestingly, the briny character that I often find in many agricole style rhums often comes hand-in-hand with a green olive feel, however here this is 'pure white sand beach after a heavy rain saltiness' going on. Crushed white and green peppercorns. Slight hints of fresh dry wood, likely coming from the cane. And citrus peel. LOTS of citrus peel. Primarily key-lime and grapefruit. The nose on this is just screaming to be added to a daiquiri! (Many will correct me and say a Ti-Punch…but I’m not going to get into that here).
On the palate the saltiness is there, although less pronounced than expected from the nose. This is balanced nicely with the grassy cane/agricole funk that is rounded off with dry cardboard and old dusty newspapers. The minerality in this rhum is really something else. It tastes like licking wet lime stone (don’t pretend like you’ve never done it). The bitter lime zest and lime leaves shine through as well, almost making this like a pre-made cocktail. A certain peppery character also leaves your tongue tingling in a different way than I am used to from just the alcohol. Drinking this rhum truly does put you right by the sea. Even leaves you with a saltiness on your lips like you get when sailing in choppy waters. Although there is a lot of flavour going on here, it is rather one (or two) dimensional, with the briny and citrus notes singing loud and clear, but not a whole lot more going on.
The finish is surprisingly full and long for the 42% abv.
Overall, for an extremely affordable bottle of funky agricole rhum (purchased for around 20€), I think this is a great bottle to have in your rhum arsenal.
Definitely one of my go-tos for light and refreshing citrusy cocktails in the sun!