Some French Culture
08 March 2010 | Martinique
Yeah - we finally made it to Martinique and all the wine, cheese, and foie grois our hearts desire. And rum...let's not forget the rum! We rented a car for the day and drove from one end of the island to the other, visiting 3 distilleries along the way. One of them, Le Clement, is what originally sparked my interest in "sipping rums". Last year, we enjoyed quite a few glasses of a fine, aged Clement rum on a little French boat named Lazararina, and ever since then I've been in search of it. Interestingly, Le Clement is the meeting site of ex-Presidents Bitterans of France and good ol' George Bush, following the end of the Persian Gulf war. After dropping some bucks on 10-year old "agricole" rum at Le Clement, we went on to the Depaz distillery. Depaz is a working distillery with an incredible self-paced tour where we learned all about the process of turning sugar into rum - very cool. Their rum wasn't our favorite, but in all fairness it was a free tour so they didn't break out their good stuff. At the end of the rum trail we ended up in the little town of "Le Precheur" where we treated ourselves to a wonderful dinner at Lari Zabine - a local restaurant featuring French-Creole specialties like goat stew and "accras", a type of fried fish dumpling. It was close to 11:00 before we made it back to the southern end of the island, dropped off our car, and dinghied out to Scappatella...quite the day!