Saint James


Saint James factsheet

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Origine: MartiniqueLabel: AOC Martinique

Address: Saint James
Le Bourg
97230 Sainte Marie
Tel : 05 96 69 30 02

Introduction: The distillery was founded in 1765 by Father Lefebure. When a decree from the King of France, Louis XIV, made illegal to sell West Indies rum in French mainlands, the distillery changed its name to an English-like one, to ease its distribution in other parts of the world (Americas, other West Indies islands, ...).
Well known in the past for its heat reduced Vesou rum , the Saint James Distillery is now located at Sainte Marie.
The site, open to the public, includes the plant in operation from January to late May and a rum museum. The plant can be visited by guided tour and when in operation introduces the whole rum making process to visitors. The musem offers on display artifacts, machinery and various items about agricole rhum, sugarcane and Martinique folklore.
The site also features a small railway station with a narrow gauge train running between the nearby banana museum and the Saint James Museum.


Rhums

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Rhum blanc impérial :
Crystal-clear rhum blanc (white rhum) with intense flavours.
Proof: 40% abv, 50% abv or 55% abv
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Rhum fleur de canne :
Rhum agricole blanc (white rhum) made from fully matured canes.
Proof: 50% abv
Gold medal at the salon de l'agriculture in 2007.
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Rhum paille. :
Rhum paille (straw), oak barrel aged for 12 to 15 months.
Proof: 40% abv or 50% abv.
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Rhum Saint James Ambré :
Oak barrel aged for 18 to 24 months.
Bouche ronde aux arômes de fruits et d'épices.
Proof: 45% abv
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Rhum Vieux :
Rhum aged for 3 to 6 years in small oak barrels.
Notes caramélisées et boisées.
Proof: 42% abv
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Rhum Hors d'Age. :
Rhum aged for 6 to 10 years in 180 litre oak barrels.
Proof: 43% abv


Illustrations

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Illustration origins: Personal collection
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Illustration origins: Personal collection
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Illustration origins: Personal collection
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Illustration origins: Personal collection
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Illustration origins: Personal collection
illustrationSaint James museum : old grinding mills.
Illustration origins: Personal collection