$ — 50% ABV — 3 years
Coeur de chauffe means "heart-warmer" in French and it definitely is. Though some bottles are sold at 50% ABV, even at 40% there's a lot of flavor here — all light and lovely, not heavy at all like a Jamaican rum. It's aged before being heavily filtered, leaving only a hint of pale yellow barrel color.
Reimonenq is a very classic rhum made in the French-Caribbean commune of Sainte-Rose in Guadeloupe. Like most French rhums, it is made with fresh-pressed cane juice instead of molasses. It is fermented in the open air by wild yeast, then distilled in a column still similar to the ones used by many brandy houses.
If a simple and bright daiquiri is what you're after, you'd be hard-pressed to do much better than Reimonenq. It carries many like flavors and is remarkably sweet, which allows it to stand alongside lime juice without requiring heaps of sugar. It's a spirit that was explicitly designed for cocktails, especially Guadeloupe's ti-punch.
Though you may not have heard of it before (it's not exported to the States) Reimonenq has consistently received high marks at the General Agricultural Competition in Paris. It's a beautiful product that delivers some lovely low-heat smoke only after some very sugary and citrusy notes. It's a real treat, and for the price will make a marvelous rum punch. Perhaps after US rum markets become more sophisticated, we'll be able to see this gorgeous product and others like it more often than during a French getaway.
Reimonenq is located in Sainte-Rose, Guadeloupe in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean. Founded in 1916 by Léopold Reimonenq, it remains an independent distiller.