What does it take to have your sugar cane rhum to carry the "Agricole" label?
- Be produced from cane grown in an area authorized by the AOC decree
- Cultivation yields are limited to 120 metric tons of sugarcane per hectare. (Metric Acre)
- Only be made of fresh sugarcane juice obtained by grinding and pressing of sugar cane. No addition of syrup or molasses is allowed.
- Has to be made through distillation columns and by continuous distillation processing of fermented wort.
- Must be of one of the three following designations :
- Rhum "blanc" Martinique (white rum)
- Rhum Martinique "élevé sous bois" (cask aged rum)
- Rhum Martinique "vieux" (extra aged rum)
This information is provided by http://www.rhum-agricole.net/site/
This is a very special kind of rhum, and very different from those that are produced from molasses and other combinations of sugar cane products. If you haven't tried any of these, you owe it to yourself to give them a try. Ti Punch is a great mix is you are trying the Rhum Blanc or even the cask aged rhums. ;o)