May’s Surprise Box of Rum Launch’s with Craft Rum Club – Pink Guava d’arranges from Damoiseau, Guadeloupe

Inside our Craft Rum Box this month;

* Guava d’arranges – 70CL | 30% ABV

* Damoiseau Rhum Blanc – 2CL | 50% ABV

* Quello Sparking wine  – 200ml | 11% ABV

* Sunita Organic Lime Juice – 200ml

* x2 Merchant Heart – 200ml

* Opies Cocktail Cherries – 130g

* Darling Spuds Sea Salt & Black Pepper  – 40g

* #rumspiration_magazine ISSUE 013 (the only monthly Rum & Lifestyle Magazine in the UK). For our ‘Anniversary Edition’ we are celebrating with features about the rum of the month, interview with Cleméntine Guillot, Damoiseau European Brand Ambassador, ‘The Manchester Rum Festival’ with an article on Agricole Rhum, DJ set from Jon Brent (AKA the original gidman), our cocktail of the month – the classic Bellini with 3 other recipes to try, food corner and catching up with the team at Two Drifters Distillery in Devon for an interview to see how they are getting on since we featured their delicious spiced rum in September 2020.

The idea behind the Damoiseau Pink Guava was to replicate a typically traditional Antilles style. A myth tells that guava juice was called “the nectar of gods.”
Guava is a tropical fruit, similar to apples and pears, round or oval- shaped with green, yellow, or slightly pink skin. The fruit contains small, hard seeds and has a fragrant, flowery aroma and bold flavour, it tastes like a combination of pear and strawberry. The freshly cut guava are instantly bottled with rhum agricole from Guadeloupe, sugar cane syrup and vanilla. Meticulous maceration makes for a particularly flavoursome product.

TASTING NOTES PINK GUAVA!
APPEARANCE: Pale yellow
NOSE: INTENSE ! – guava, strawberry, peach, fresh cane, vanilla
TEXTURE: Silky
PALATE: Well-rounded, mellow attack. The exotic flavors burst in mouth
BEST ENJOYED: Stored in the refrigerator. Once the bottle has been opened, don’t forget to shake it regularly for optimal preservation.

Cleméntine Guillot, Damoiseau European Brand Ambassador, is very excited to be introducing this new expression in the Damoiseau Arrangé series to the UK.  We thought you’d like to hear a little about what makes rum special for her.

Who is Clémentine Guillot?

A Rum lover! 100% French but Italy is my adopted country and in normal globetrotting times!

After graduating in Business, I worked as a digital marketing manager for a few international companies.  Ditching the nine-to-five, I started a new adventure as a rum ambassador in Italy six years ago – an opportunity which has now become a passion. I have been hosting master classes and events to showcase the distillery’s unique rhums from the Damoiseau family to fine spirits enthusiast around the globe.

What made you fall in love with rum and when did it happen?

It happened when I was 10 years old during the visit of a distillery in the Caribbean islands with my parents. Let me reassure you it wasn’t about drinking yet, just tasting a sugar cane. I was amazed by a wonderful island, a tropical atmosphere, a lifestyle, and good vibes! 

Actually, rum is pretty like my ‘Proust’s madeleine’. Indeed, happiness sometimes comes from our memory, those days we would like to keep forever. For Proust it was a madeleine, a French mini cake shared with his aunt. For me it was a stick of sugarcane with my family. I definitely fell in love with rum twenty years after when I came back to Guadeloupe as an adult. Nothing had changed, just my stick of sugarcane switched naturally into a glass of Ti-punch.

What is the ingredient that gets you up in the morning and makes you want to continue in the rum industry?

Passion for this spirit and its values: FAMILY BUSINESS, TERROIR APPROACH, HOSPITALITY

I feel so grateful to work for a family craft distillery. The Damoiseau family have owned their iconic distillery since 1942 and have been producing craft Agricole rhums for three generations.

My mission is to spread their savoir-faire and their vision “original by tradition” that

expresses their willingness to innovate constantly without losing their roots. My strong desire to highlight Guadeloupe all around the globe through the production of Agricole rhum.

Rum is really versatile and friendly, it’s a pleasure product shared with a huge variety of consumers.

Local people, bartenders, head chefs, cellar-persons, collectors, final consumers, cigar lovers, all of collaborators…

All these aspects make me feel happy and motivated when I get up!

Favourite drink and cocktail recipe?

I’m personally a huge tiki lover! I was inspired by the tropical way of life! But I admit that during this epic period, I really like to enjoy my own Guada Mule, such an easy way to enjoy fresh ingredients from Guadeloupe!

Cheers and stay safe!

SANTE!

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