Rhum Agricole of the Year: Rhum Depaz Cuvee Prestige
A simply exquisite expression of rum. This bottle from the foothills of the Mont Pelee volcano at the north of Martinique is a world-beater, with an almost impossible balance of sweetness and boldness. The finish was out of this world. We like to say that with sugarcane-juice-based rums, you can actually taste Martinique. And that’s true here. But this rum is as much about what you can taste as what you can’t taste. It’s precise, elegant and, well, just about perfect. It beat out strong challenges from Martinique’s Rhum HSE Sherry Finish 2002 and Martinique’s St James Cuvee D’Excellence.