The rum route: discover the island's distilleries
Rum is the flagship drink of Martinique, and for good reason! It is one of the best agricultural rums in the world and has an international reputation. It is also one of the few to have obtained an AOC.
During your vacation, discover the origins and production secrets of this national drink through the dozen distilleries still in operation in Martinique.
Tips: the best time to visit them is from February to June, during the harvest period.
Below is a list of distilleries that we have tested for you and where you will have the opportunity to taste this local product. Between white, amber, old or straw rum, there is something for everyone!
Rum is divided into two main families: AGRICULTURAL RUM, obtained from the juice of the cane and TRADITIONAL RUM, distilled from molasses (or visou). Both are available in a wide range of flavors and offer an almost infinite palette of tastes. Many parameters come into play, such as its ageing, the type of barrel used, the climate in which it ages... The resulting aromas are woody, fruity, spicy, for sweet or powerful, vanilla or floral rums.
THE MAIN HOUSES
97250 Saint Pierre - Tel: 05 96 78 13 14
Tips: Plan to stay at least half a day to visit the distillery (free), the estate, a paddle wheel, the rum museum and the castle (paying), the Case Louisette or the restaurant Le Moulin à cannes.
97200 FORT DE FRANCE- Tel : 05 96 75 20 20
97240 Le François - 05 96 54 75 51
Tips : Typical and very rewarding visit
97200 FORT DE FRANCE - Tel : 05 96 50 47 32
Tips: Ask to taste the special cuvée La Flibuste or the Privilège, my husband's favourites.
97220 La Trinité - Tel : 05 96 58 20 82
Tips : To be tasted only in Martinique
97211 Rivière Pilote - Tél : 05 96 62 18 79
Tips : Le restaurant « Kay Mimi » vous permettra de déguster de délicieux plats créoles.
Carbet 97221 - Tel : 05 96 78 03 70
Tips : Some say it has the best white agricultural rum in the Antilles.
97230 SAINTE-MARIE - Tel : 05 96 69 50 37
Tips : The distillery can only be visited during the harvest period, from March/April to June.
Sainte-Luce 97228 - Tel : 05 96 62 51 78
Tips: It is also possible to explore the 600 hectares of sugar cane plantations by quad bike.
97238 MACOUBA - Tel : 05 96 78 92 55
Tips: Be sure to book well in advance in high season.
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