Saint James 1998 25th AOC Anniversary
Why it’s different
This vertical tasting presents a unique series of millésime selected for their aromas and flavors from the Saint James barrel stock, a firm which has been making rum since 1884, choosing its 47% alcohol rums.
This journey through time to 1998, the year our oenologist made his Martinique debut, is also a chance to travel as far as the beginnings of AOC, which celebrated its 25th year in 2022, to the 250th anniversary of Saint James’s historic Trouvaillant plantations in 2015.
Concentrations bound up with ageing are expressed in the highly diverse colors of these rums, with young rums generally being lighter colored.
Millésime production conditions:
With a very dry season – one of the four hottest years in the 1953-2016 period – the 1998 millésime harvest was an optimal one in both sugar cane quality and quantity terms. After distilling, the rum began taking on more mature and sweeter fruit aromas.
Its 47% alcohol notwithstanding, it remains sweet on the nose with a woody, spicy backdrop (forest undergrowth, moorland, cinnamon) from which pronounced fruit aromas emerge (dried figs, prunes) as well as sweet roasting aromas (mocha, chocolate).
Wood is more noticeable in the mouth and offers great length with mocha and dried fruit and nuts then coming to the fore, shored up by nutmeg which then melds into prune nuances...