This is one of the funkiest Agricole rums that I've enjoyed over the years. Makes a tremendous daiquiri and mai tai. I definitely agree that this is a little rough around the edges for sipping. I've described it to friends as tasting like a liquified compost bin full of cut grass.
J'étais un peu sceptique à l'idée de tester un agricole des USA, étant un adepte des rhums agricoles des antilles. Et bien quelle surprise!!! Totalement différent d'un agricole Martiniquais. Au nez se ressentent des effluves de gasoil, une odeur saline et iodée et de l' huile d'olive extra vierge. En bouche le coté salin se confirme avec un goût sur la tapenade d'olive noire,l'aïoli avec une pointe de champignon des bois. Finale sans amertume et plutôt sèche mais incroyablement longue.
Un rhum comme aucun autre car nous sommes vraiment à mi chemin entre un clairin d'Haïti et un excellent agricole de Marie Galante. Excellent
I was excited to try this rum. It's made only 30 minutes away from me (in Alameda California), and at $49.99 (2015 price) a bottle, I had high hopes. First, a few quotes from their website:
"...our unaged California agricole rum is not for the faint of heart"
"...never lets you forget that sugarcane is a grass."
"...small-diameter California cane lends vivid, earthy, even vegetal aromatics that evoke wet grass, truffles, and black olives."
"...ours stands out for its allegiance to the ripe, vegetal properties of just-harvested cane.
We're proud of that, and we love how this rum smells and tastes. We know not everyone's going to feel the same way, though, and we're cool with that. For those of you out there who try our rum and can't fathom why anyone would want to drink it, we'd be happy to point you in the direction of some 'normal' rums."
Those are accurate descriptions...
With that said, here are my tasting notes: this smells like wet cut grass, though unlike the St George Reserve, I can also smell sugarcane. However, it's not sweet. Taste includes grass, sugarcane and lots of peppery spice.
I'm not a fan, but I prefer this over the St George Reserve. I can certainly see this making a good mixer for the right cocktails, but I rate rums on their taste straight.
I suspect this is a love it or hate it rum... if you like this one, you'll probably like the Reserve even more, as the Reserve amplifies the grassy taste, and also includes interesting notes of olives and truffles.