St. George Spirits California Agricole Rum
Rhum Agricole Blanc
St. George Spirits // California, USA
The San Francisco Bay Area’s St. George Spirits dates back to 1982 when they opened one of the first craft distilleries in the U.S. Their vast product line spans nearly every category of spirits, traditional or otherwise. St. George Spirits California Agricole Rum uses sugarcane sourced from California’s Imperial Valley, which is immediately shipped to the distillery for pressing. Distillation is done in a 500-liter copper pot-still, which differs from real column-distilled rhum agricole made in Martinique. It’s bottled unaged at 43%. The distillery also has a four-year, French oak aged version of this rum.
Rhum Agricole BlancRhum distilled from fresh sugarcane juice. Has either been left alone to rest for 3 months, or if aged in oak, must not exceed 3 months in barrel. In Martinique, must be bottled between 80-110 proof.
"This rum sparkles in the glass. The nose is intense, leaving no doubt this is an earthy, agricole-style rum. Unlike traditional rhum agricole, it has a strong olive scent, similar to the Hamilton Jamaican Gold rum. Nose it long enough and freshly-cut pear peeks its head out. The olive note remains at the forefront of the first sip, but better integrated with other vegetal flavors. The mouthfeel is lush and slightly oily, pointing to pot distillation. At 43% ABV, it’s a bit rough, but it’s not intended as a sipping rum. It may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but the California Agricole is a bold, no-apologies pot-still rum that holds its own against powerhouse Caribbean rums. "