October 19 2016  |  Spirits & Tobacco

House of Clément collaborates on most expensive rum bottle in the world

By Wendy Morley

Rhum Clément and the boutique French jeweler, Tournaire, have joined to create the most expensive rum in the world

Rhum Clément is the quintessential French rum, created along the lines of a brandy or Cognac, and with that in mind, the House of Clément and the House of Tournaire have created a partnership in the rum category, marrying the expertise of two French labels, creating a unique piece reserved for rum lovers and collectors, which they describe as the most expensive bottle of rum in the world.

For centuries, Tournaire has been known for its jewelry design. The idea to reproduce Habitation Clément, an emblem of the eponymous brand, was the focal point for the piece. The luxurious reproduction of this 18th century French Caribbean estate in Martinique, registered as a historic monument in 1996, crowns on top of the bottle.

Habitation Clément, crowned on this bottle, is finished in yellow and rose gold, for a net weight of 200 grams of gold. Lining the roof and ledges of this exclusive product are more than 4 carats worth of diamonds. The bottle is made of Baccarat crystal, containing French Rhum Agricole from vintage 1966.

The bottle is placed on a throne of yellow bronzed patina. The ensemble is housed in a customized case of aged leather. The product required more than a year’s work, and retails at €100,000 (US$110,000).

The piece has also been created in a bronze version, sculpted by hand and limited to eight copies for collectors. For these eight pieces, the cap representing Habitation Clément has been created in polished bronze plate, yellow and rose gold, embellishing the bottle placed on a bronzed-yellow, patina base. Presented in a jewel case, this exclusive bottle is available at €19,000 (US$21,000).

A portion of the benefits from the sales of these nine bottles will be donated to the APIPD: L’Association Pour l ’Information et la Prevention de la Drepanocytose (Association for Information and Prevention of Sickle Cell Disease). APIPD aims to raise public awareness to the most widespread genetic disease in the world: sickle cell disease.

The 1966 rum vintage is described as potent on the nose, with warm and indulgent notes. Chocolate, gingerbread, and mocha aromas interweave with light notes of vanilla spices and candied fruit (figs, date, and orange). After aeration emerge subtle notes of cigar.

Powerful and voluptuous, the vintage is earthy and round on the palate, distinguished by a light note of liquorice. The intensity and power of the aromas have a sweetness that lingers for a long finish.

 

 

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