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Nominated for Tales of the Cocktail 2008 Spirit Award for Best Cocktail Writing


Rhum J.M. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   

Rhum J.M. Rhum J.M., an exqusite rum distilled on the smallest estate on Martinique, is located in the northeast in Macouba, where the sugar cane grows on 28-degree vertical slopes in rich volcanic soil at the foot of Mount Pelée.

 

Due to its unique location with sea breezes, rainforest, an intense microclimate, and high cloud cover, Rhum J.M. cuts their sugar later than other distilleries. While most distilleries cut the cane at the end of February or early March, Rhum J.M. does not cut their cane until late March or early April, and combined with the environmental factors imparts a unique flavor to the rhum.

Rhum J.M. Rhum J.M. has an interesting history beginning in 1790 when Antoine Leroux-Préville purchased Father Labat's estate and sugar refinery and named it Fonds-Préville. In 1845, his daughters sold the property to Jean-Marie Martin, who transformed the sugar refinery into a distillery and branded the rhum barrels with his initials, J.M.

In 1914, Gustave Crassons de Médeuil purchased Fonds-Préville from his brother Ernest, to add to his own estate, Bellevue. Today the Crassons de Médeuil heirs still cultivate the sugar cane to create the exceptional line of Rhum J.M., taking such pride in ownership that they have the family crest on the bottles.

Rhum J.M. BlancTasting notes

Rhum J.M., Rhum Agricole Blanc, 50% alcohol, clear with a fresh, sweet, tropical fruit nose. This rhum is wonderful to drink as a simple Ti-Punch (rhum, sugar or sugar cane syrup, small squeeze of lime), or expertly crafted in a cocktail.

Rhum J.M. PailleRhum J.M., Rhum Agricole Elevé Sous Bois, Paille (Gold), 50% alcohol, aged for a minimum of 12 months in small Limousine barrels has a pale golden color, with bread and yeast on the nose, with hints of chocolate, and Martinique spices on the palate. This rhum works well in cocktails.

Rhum J.M. VSOPRhum J.M. VSOP, Rhum Vieux Agricole, 45% alcohol, made with a blend of four and five year old rhums, has a coppery amber color with decided caramel, chocolate and spice notes on the nose, with Martinique spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) and caramel on the palate, with an intense buttery, creamy finish. This aged rhum is an excellent sipping rhum, with a price of $50.

Rhum J.M. 10 Years OldRhum J.M. Rhum Vieux Millésimé 1997 (10 Years Old), Rhum Vieux Agricole, 48% alcohol, cask strength rhum has a rich amber color, with a nutty, herbal, and chocolate nose, with rich spice, silky notes, creaminess, and a velvety long and lingering finish. This is an aged rhum that you sit back and sip at the end of a great day. With a price of around $95, this rhum is a special treat.

My friends always say that when I cook, they know that there will be alcohol in the recipes. With that in mind, I decided to create a three-course Rhum J.M. menu that begins with a rhum cocktail and includes rhum in each of the recipes.

Rhum J.M. Menu
Cocktail: Luxury Experience's Island Dream
First Course: Grapefruit, Dried Cranberries, and Hearts of Romaine Salad with Gold Vinaigrette
Main Course: Tipsy Shellfish
Dessert: Caramel and Chocolate Tart paired with
Rhum J.M. VSOP and Rhum J.M. Rhum Vieux

Luxury Experience's Island Dream

The best cocktails start with excellent quality alcohol and fresh ingredients. Take a few minutes to juice the pineapple, lemon, and lime, and the resulting cocktail will be worth the effort.

1.5

Ounces

Rhum J.M. Blanc

0.25

Ounce

Rhum J. M. Paille (Gold)

2

Ounces

Fresh pineapple juice

0.5

Ounce

Lemon juice, freshly squeezed

0.5

Ounce

Lime juice, freshly squeezed

2

Ounces

Acerola juice

0.5

Ounce

Homemade mint syrup (see recipe)

Fill a shaker glass with ice. Add all of the ingredients and shake hard until metal can is frosty. Strain into a clean tall glass filled with fresh ice, and garnish with a spear of pineapple.

Mint Syrup  

To make homemade mint syrup, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan and heat over low heat until sugar dissolves. Cook until the mixture starts to thicken, add ½ cup fresh slightly crushed mint, stir, and let simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and let the mixture steep for 1-hour. Strain the mint syrup into a sealable glass jar, and discard the mint. The mint syrup will keep for several months in the refrigerator.

Rhum J.M. Salad - Luxury Expereince Magazine Recipe

Grapefruit, Dried Cranberries, and Hearts of Romaine Salad with Gold Vinaigrette
For 2 persons

Luxury Experience's Gold Vinaigrette 

Ingredients:   

0.5

Ounce

Rhum J. M. Paille (Gold)

1

Tablespoon

Sugar

1

Ounce

Extra virgin olive oil

0.5

Ounce

Tarragon vinegar

 

 

Salt and pepper to taste

 

 

Any remaining juice from the grapefruit

Add ingredients to a screw top jar and shake well to dissolve sugar. Let rest while you make the salad.

1

                           

Grapefruit

 

 

Handful of dried cranberries

 

 

Hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped

Using a knife, carefully slice the ends off the grapefruit, and then peel the skin with a knife, following the contours of the grapefruit. Slice the grapefruit into 6-8 round sections.

Toss the hearts of romaine lettuce with the vinaigrette. Divide the lettuce on two plates, and arrange the grapefruit on top of the bed of lettuce. Sprinkle with dried cranberries. Drizzle any remaining dressing over the grapefruit.

Tipsy Shellfish
For 2 Persons

2

Pounds     

Maine Little Neck Clams

2

Pounds

Mussels

3

 

Garlic cloves, chopped

3

Tablespoons

Extra virgin olive oil

3

Medium

Mushrooms, diced

2

 

Plum tomatoes, diced

0.5

cup

Asparagus

0.5

Cup

Fresh chopped parsley

 

 

Salt and pepper

0.75

Cup

Rhum J.M. Blanc

In a large pot, add the extra virgin olive oil and chopped garlic and sauté until golden. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus, parsley, and salt and pepper, add a little extra virgin olive oil, and sauté for 2 minutes to bring out the flavors. Add the rum, the clams, and the mussels, cover the pot and steam the shellfish until the shells open up (approximately 10 minutes). Serve the shellfish in deep bowls with the broth, accompanied by slices of fresh, crispy, baguettes.

The Rhum J.M. VSOP and Rhum J.M. Rhum Vieux have rich notes of caramel and chocolate, which is why I paired these sipping rums with the Caramel and Chocolate Tart.

Rhum J.M. Caramel Chocolate Tarts - Luxury Experience Magazine Recipe

Caramel and Chocolate Tart
Makes one 9" tart or twelve 2.5" tarts

Pastry Ingredients:  

1 1/6

Cup      

Cake flour

1/6

Cup

Sugar

1

Stick

Unsalted butter

1

 

Egg yolk

1

Tablespoon

Heavy cream

 

 

 

Use a food processor to make this easy pastry dough. Add the flour, sugar, and the butter, and process until the mixture is crumbly. Mix the egg yolk and the heavy cream together in a small bowl, and then add to the dough. Process until a smooth ball forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one or more hours. If you are in a hurry, place the plastic wrapped ball in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Roll the dough between two sheets of parchment paper and place in removable bottom tart pan. Prick dough all over with a fork and bake the tart in a preheated 350° F (177° C) for approximately 15 minutes or until golden. Let cool on wire rack.

Caramel Filling

Ingredients:  

1

Can                       

Condensed milk

Place an unopened can of condensed milk in a large pan and cover the can with water. Bring the water to a boil and let simmer for the next 2 hours, maintaining the water level throughout the cooking process. 

Very important: Add water throughout the cooking process to keep the unopened can covered with water. If the unopened can is not covered with water, there is the possibility that the can will explode.

After 2 hours, remove the can from the water and let cool slightly. Open the can and spoon the caramel into the bottom of the pre-baked tart shell.

Chocolate Filling

Ingredients:  

4

Ounces             

Heavy cream

1

Ounce

Dark chocolate (65% cacoa or higher)

1

Teaspoon

Vanilla

 

 

 

Heat milk in the top of a double boiler (or set aluminum boil over simmering pot of water), and then add the dark chocolate, and stir until smooth. Add the vanilla and stir until the mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat.

Let cool slightly, and then carefully spoon over the caramel filling. Refrigerate tart for several hours before serving. Garnish the tart with fresh whipped cream made with 4 ounces heavy cream, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 tablespoon Rhum J.M. VSOP, and sprinkle with grated chocolate. Pair with a snifter of Rhum J.M. VSOP and a small snifter of Rhum J.M. Vieux.

Rhum J.M. is imported by Clement USA, Inc. For information on Rhum J.M. please contact Ben Jones ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )  

Clément USA, Inc.
Contact:         Benjamin Jones 
Telephone:    +1 207-232-6633 
Email:            
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www.RhumClement.com   

 

Rhum J.M. S.C.A. Héritiers CRASSOUS de MEDEUIL
Habitation Bellevue
97218 Macouba, Martinique
Telephone:      +59 678 5340
Telephone:      +59 678 9255
Fax:                 +59 678 5838
www.Rhum-JM.com   


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