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Saint James Cuvée L‘Essentiel 12yr 43%

RX1703 Very good Rhum Agricole AOC Under 250€
“Rich, fruity, woody blend; superb yet pricey. Classic, quality craftsmanship.”

Cuvée L'Essentiel is a 12-year-old rum produced at the Saint James distillery in Martinique, distilled from sugar cane juice using a Column Still and bottled at 43% ABV. This exceptional blend consists of vintages from 1998, 2000, and 2003 aged in small bourbon casks. The rum's aroma boasts notes of woody, cherry, fruity, mocha, and nutty, while its flavor profile features dark chocolate, woody, cinnamon, peppery, and balanced taste. Users appreciate its complex and well-balanced palate with a medium-long finish of roasted wood, spices, and dried fruit. While a touch on the pricey side, L'Essentiel is highly recommended by the community for its outstanding quality and enjoyable sipping experience.

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How does this rum taste?

Saint James 'Cuvée L'Essentiel' displays a harmonious blend of fruity, spicy, and woody flavors, with a warm, complex palate. While praised for its quality and balance, some find it overpriced and yearn for more boldness.

Most frequently mentioned flavors


Woody Cherry Fruity Mocha Nutty Toasted


Woody Dark chocolate Peppery Cinnamon Balanced Nutmeg


Woody Nutty Cocoa Toasted Dried fruit Vanilla

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“This is an exceptional Rhum from Saint James. It’s a blend of the vintages of 1998, 2000 and 2003 all of them aged for over 12 years in small bourbon casks. I can really recommend it, even though the average price is a little high at around €180.”


Mocha Sugarcane


Fruity Cherry Prunes Nutmeg Cinnamon
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“Dans le même contexte que la cuvée Quintessence, cette cuvée L’Essentiel peut laisser perplexe à la vue de la bouteille. Le nez est vif, fruité (pruneau, cerise, eau de vie de fruits), assez boisé et chocolaté. Les arômes d’épices, de toast et de canne à sucre fondent bien au jus. Un nez sec, rond et agréable. L’attaque en bouche est maîtrisée. Les épices (cannelle, poivre, vanille) et le bois prennent le dessus, suivis des fruits secs (pruneau), des noix, du chocolat et de la canne à sucre. L’ensemble est rond et gouleyant, mais il aurait été plus intéressant avec quelques degrés supplémentaires. La finale est très sombre et sèche, avec le bois, les fruits secs, les noix torréfiées, les épices, le cuir et les tanins. Un bon Saint James sur le papier, mais si classique qu’il ne surprendra personne. Le syndrome de la jolie carafe frappe encore, car le jus ne vaut pas le prix payé, malgré des qualités indéniables.”


Woody Fruity Dried fruit Nutty Toasted


Dark chocolate Woody Peppery Balanced Spice
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“I also sampled this rum at the Rum Regatta in Flensburg and a bottle ended up in my shopping bag. I really like the rums from Saint James, so I wasn't surprised by the quality of this one. The nose is fruity and woody with spices, chocolate and light coffee. The palate is well balanced and complex with wood, lots of fruits, spices and chocolate. I can't decide if its warm or peppery. The finish is medium long with roasted wood, spices and dried fruit. Try to leave the empty glass for a few hours and then whif it. F”


Cherry Prunes Woody Nutmeg Cinnamon


Plum Peaches Nutmeg Cinnamon Peppery

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What are the key facts about this rum?

Rhum Agricole AOC
Made from
Sugar cane juice
Column Still
12 years
Bottle volume
Price range
Under 250€
Type of spirit

What is the price trend for this rum?

128 €
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About the Saint James distillery

The Saint James distillery is located in Martinique. Rums from Saint James have been reviewed 2,972 times with an average of 8.2/10.

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