Clément V.S.O.P Rhum (or rum) may heighten your standards for future rum purchases. This isn’t the $5 bottle of rum you purchased for your Long Island Ice tea creation in college, this is for those looking to sit down and really experience a distilled beverage for its heritage. This spirit expresses its flavor profile and message in the unique tastes that make it stand apart from many other rum offerings.
It will probably be found for middle-to-high $40’s which positions itself with some of the higher end rum offerings. I’ve had many of those offerings and never have received such a sweet leather component so, for that, this is a worthy experience. The lack of massive oak is quite interesting as well because it brings other flavors to the table that do not distract from its neat leather-like finish.
From a cocktail perspective, I’d focus my Clément V.S.O.P at something that’s going to highlight the rum component, perhaps a Side Car cocktail to underscore the very flavor of the Clément and really kick up the quality of your classic cocktails. I’d refrain from using it in a cocktail with too many juices or excessive spirits. Have fun with it, experience something new and expand your horizons.