Saint James Vintage 2001 70cl 43°
Saint James rum vintage 2001 meets all the requirements of the AOC of agricultural rums from Martinique. The 2001 harvest was exceptional in terms of the quality of the canes giving a very round rum, very fruity and suave.
More than 10 years of aging in oak barrels, the development of this vintage has revealed the full range of aromas, a patient exchange with the barrels.
This subtlety due to the original spirit has allowed a finer extraction, where the woody presence mixed with undergrowth combines with sweet spicy notes of cinnamon on a more lively background of nutmeg.
Saint James is the inventor of vintage rums since 1885.
In the middle of the 18th century, Martinique had a very active sugar production. In the west of the island, the Fort Saint-Pierre hospital was managed by the Brothers of Charity, Father Lefébure had a sugar factory built to meet the needs of the sick, therefore a “vinegar factory” was born next to distil molasses residue. This is the beginning of Martinican agricultural rum. The Saint James distillery was founded in 1765, at the foot of the Pelée mountain, on the island of Martinique.
Initially named Trou-Vaillant from the name of the locality where the distillery is located, its difficulty of pronunciation for the Anglo-Saxons forced the Brothers to rename it Saint-James. This brand name was registered by Paulin Lambert when he bought the distillery in 1882, moreover he favored bottling in a revolutionary format, in glass with a square base, in order to make profitable the space in the holds of boats and avoid the breakage.
Today the distillery is celebrating its 250th anniversary, it now belongs to La Martiniquaise group after having passed into the hands of the Cointreau group which decided to move the site to Sainte-Marie on the Atlantic side of the island. It would produce around 3 million litres of rums per year, making this distillery the most important producer of agricultural rum on the island.