Saint James 2004 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:
This millésime’s sugar cane was harvested outside certain of this year’s rainy periods. Harvest came to an abrupt end as a result of heavy May rain, leading to one of the lowest yields of recent years.
Very sweet on the nose as compared to the mouth, the dominant notes are lively spices and roasting aromas (roast hazelnuts) together with wood followed by walnut kernels, licorice and dried fruit (banana).
At this alcohol level wood is very pronounced with powerful tannins and grilling flavors (hazelnut, coffee and walnut) and a very brief walnut kernel finish.