When Homère Clément, (born in 1852 in Trinité, Martinique), acquired the Habitation and founded Rhum Clément in 1887; little did he realize that he was creating a lasting legacy. After his death in 1923, his son Charles, and Charles’s sons, Georges-Louis and Jean-José, continued what Homère had created at Habitation Clément. Today 18th century Habitation Clément is one of the oldest estates on the island. Bernard Hayot bought Habitation Clément in 1986, and opened it to the public in 1988. During our stay in Martinique, we took a tour of the historic house where President François Mitterrand and President George Bush held a summit meeting in March 1991, and in 1996, the house received a Historic Monument classification. Today, Benjamin Jones, a descendant of Homère Clément, continues the Clément family tradition.
A Jewel-line color of light brown walnut or a darker amber is a telling indication of the fine rum you’re about to experience. Elegant, almost heady aromas of brown sugar and dried plum, apricot, hints of clove and lavender, mild caramel, vanilla and sweet French oak all in a balanced complexity that transports you straight into the aging room. Rather than present fine aromas, Clement XO expresses its organic origins as a revelation in the ultimate expression of agricultural art. The initial taste is serious, with surprisingly concentrated herbal flavors of anise and licorice, sweet buttery vanilla, followed by subtler tobacco and dry leather. A medium-light body accelerates the flavors across you tongue, quickly relinquishing control to a finish that has a smooth leathery texture and just off dry, with enough sweetness to prolong the flavors.