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If sugar cane originally comes from Asia, it is thanks to Christopher Columbus that it reached the West Indies at the end of the 15th century. Once well established in the islands, the local inhabitants decided to exploit it and created a drink. In 1694, Father Labat perfected the still that would be used to make eau de vie, which improved the quality and taste of the drink. It is only from then on that eau de vie is used as a table drink. In the second half of the 19th century, the distillation methods and the taste of brandy still evolved, thanks to the distillation column which replaced the still.

There are two main families of Rum; Agricultural Rum and Industrial Rum. Their manufacturing processes are not the same. The agricultural Rums are: the white Rums, the old Rums, the straw Rums and the amber Rums. There are two types of industrial Rums: the traditional young Rum and the Rum with a great aroma.

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The West Indies are the most famous islands for their rum production. But there are other countries that have long since started making Rum, notably England and the Hispanic countries. Rums from the West Indies are very aromatic, British Rums are often spicy and Hispanic Rums tend to be mild, ideal for cocktails.

Part of the Rum from Martinique is currently classified as Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC), proving its high quality.

We regularly offer bottles of Rum during our ‘Wine & Spirits’ sales. You will necessarily find a bottle that you like.  If you wish to include Rum in one of our sales, please do not hesitate to contact Marion QUESNE, head of the Wine & Spirits department of the Aguttes study.

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