Père Labat 8 Years Old 70cl 42°
Developed in accordance with the traditional methods of French agricultural rums, the very old Père Labat 8 years old rum is the most accomplished of the range developed by the Poisson distillery.
Produced from fresh sugar cane sourced directly from the island of Marie-Galante in the Guadeloupe archipelago, this rum has benefited from a long maturation in the tropical climate to develop its aromas, in oak barrels having previously contained Bourbon whiskey.
Aged in small quantities, this exceptional rum is considered by purists as one of the best in the world with a spicy character developing abundant and sweet aromas of exotic fruits, chocolate and heady flowers.
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Rhums Agricoles (agricultural French rums distilled directly with pure sugar cane juice) from Père Labat are produced by the Poisson distillery in Marie-Galante, a small island in the French Caribbean integrated in the beautiful archipelago of Guadeloupe.
The island is famous among lovers of agricultural rums for the quality of its production. Its nickname "the island of a hundred mills" sums up his privileged link with the cultivation of sugar cane and the creation of rum. Even today, cane fields represent more than 20% of its surface area.
The Poisson distillery, created in 1863, is the oldest and most authentic of the island. Originally, it was dedicated to sugar production, but in 1916, Edouard Rameau, owner of a distillery that produces molasses rum, acquired the Poisson distillery. He then decided to embark on the development of a more noble agricultural rum, derived from the distillation of pure sugar cane juice.
He installs a copper still in the 30s - one of the peculiarities of the Poisson distillery - and a Creole column in 1955 to elaborate this agricultural rum. He baptizes it as Père Labat in tribute to the missionary monk Father Labat (1663-1738), known for having improved the operation of stills in the 17th century.
Today, more than 150 years later, the distillery perpetuates the traditional production of this agricultural rum by distilling the "vesou", pure freshly squeezed sugar cane juice. The vesou is the must extracted from sugar cane, it is the basis of agricultural rum. The canes of Marie Galante are recognized worldwide for their aromatic richness. They are cut and picked by hand in accordance with traditions.
Surrounded by lush vegetation, the Poisson Distillery is one of the smallest in the world of rum, yet it has 150 hectares of cultivated land.
If some of the rum is put to rest in huge oak barrels with a capacity of 10 000 liters then reduced with very pure water before being bottled, the other part of the production is placed in small oak barrels and takes the direction of the cellars. These are the future old rums, like the beautiful 8 years old. The quality of Père Labat's rum is very appreciated with warm and fruity notes of sugar cane and spicy tips.