In Martinique, the month of February marks the new season for the sugar and rum industries. That’s when they cut the canes and start up the machines in the distilleries. Trois Rivières sugar cane grows on the plantations in the south of the island. Which is then carefully selected for its high sugar content. The cane undergoes a crushing first and is then grounded in the mills. The extracted cane juice is collected in channels. Then filtered and taken to the fermentation vats.
From year to year, the Trois Rivières Cellar Master supervises and collects the aging rums. This protects the remarkable vintages to produce the great Trois Rivières old rums. Old rum must spend at least three years in barrels. Extra-old rums spend a minimum of six years in barrels. This is to optimize interactions between the rum, the wood of the barrels and the hot, humid air of Martinique.
Trois Rivières Cask Strength or “Brut de fût” gets its unique character from three rare distinctive factors. An exceptional 2006 vintage rum, aged in american new casks. The combination of all these factors gives this Cask Strength its robust character; Furthermore it embodies an array of exceptional aromas.
This oily almost-syrupy rum has a golden, crystalline color. On the nose, this rum enters on intense, rich and complex aromas. This follows through on hints of exotic wood, Virginia tobacco, and macerated fruit. The taste is rich, complex and artfully balanced with a great variety of flavors: accents of honey, light tobacco, licorice and gingerbread. This Trois Rivières Cask Strength 2006 ends with a nice, easy and fresh finish. In conclusion, Trois Rivières Cask Strength 55.5% is the ideal alliance between a richly flavorful Trois Rivières rum and the Missouri oak that confers all its mellowness.