Top 10 Spirits
A hilly plantation on the French Caribbean island of Martinique is home to Rhum J.M V.S.O.P.
The estate's exclusive microclimate features volcanic soil, a low cloud ceiling and superior ventilation from ocean breezes. These qualities converge in the creation of the finest sugar cane, which is part of what makes Rhums J.M so special — 98 percent of the world's rums are made from molasses. After distillation, Rhum J.M ages this Special Reserve in American and French Limousin oak barrels. The wood barrels, which impart a complexity unusual to rum, house the Rhum J.M V.S.O.P. for at least four to five years before it's blended and bottled. This 90-proof spirit boasts a bevy of flavors and aromas, including cinnamon, ginger, spice and grass notes. Its dry, sweet finish, with a lingering spiciness, makes for an ideal sipping rum.