Cellar 335’s goal to provide creative spins on cocktails and cuisine, along with outstanding service, begins with our dedication towards enhancing our knowledge about spirits. Recently, Cellar 335’s General Manager, Peter Arnone, had the opportunity to travel to the island of Martinique, to meet the makers and explore the distilleries of Clément and Rhum J.M.
The adventure begins with a tour of the Clément distillery and art museum. Initially, the land owned by Clément grew the sugar cane, as well as processed the cane into rhum. Clement was the birthplace of what we know as Rhum Agricole. Due to its rich history, Clement wanted to start tours of the land dubbed as Habitacion Clement, but because of French laws on the island, the factory needed moved to another location a few miles down the road for safety and regulatory reasons. The original property hosts tours, while still being able to age rhum. The new location features an indoor art museum, featuring pieces from French artists, as well as local artists; and the outdoor museum gives access for the tourists to view the agriculture of the land, a collection of over 300 types of trees, as well as sculpture art.
Rhum J.M., located on the opposite side of the island, at the base of Mt. Pelee, functions on a private property. The farming of the sugar cane is processed slightly different, due to the location of Rhum J.M. being at the bottom of an active volcano. The nutrients from the soil of past eruptions, assist with giving a unique flavor to their Rhum. Even though almost every Rhum Agricole distillery on the island of Martinique uses the same techniques perfected by Clement, few get anywhere near the quality of the crop that Rhum JM achieves. The maker and farmer live on the property along with the distillery and acres of cane and banana fields. This allows for the sugar cane to be harvested exactly when its ready, and crushed immediately to get the best quality juice every single time.
Cellar 335, is proud to feature both rhums and we look forward to YOU, our guest, joining us to taste them, either neat or in one of our creative cocktails. Or even feel free to ask our GM about the process of what the world needs to know about Rhum Agricole.