Toward BOSO Rhum Agricole
What is rhum agricole?
In November, the sugar content of the company's own plantation (Kibilab. Plantation) is measured, and harvesting of sugarcane finally begins when the sugar content exceeds 18, which is the regulation.
At the same time, the production of agricole rum begins.
What is agricole rum?
Simply put, it is a rum made by fermenting sugarcane juice and distilling it into unrefined sugarcane.
Most of the rums in the world are made from molasses, a byproduct of sugar production, and only about 10% of all rums are made by the agricole method.
Agricole is French for "agriculture," and is produced mainly in the Caribbean islands, which are French overseas departments, and the process is strictly regulated by the A.O.C. （Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée） in Martinique.
Our Rhum de la Péninsule de BOSO, which uses the French name "Rhum," is modeled after French wine and brandy methods, and our goal is to create an original Japanese brand rum using Boso sugarcane. The company has been working for a year to produce a special sugarcane rum.
The production of agriculture-oriented rums is a true "agriculture-oriented" process, whereby sugarcane is grown exclusively for rhum over the course of a year, and the terroir and flavor of Boso are packed into a single bottle of rum, based on the year's sugarcane crop and the harvest season.
The organic sugarcane fields are a daily battle against weeds, and in order not to damage the sugarcane, we have to weed by hand, cultivate the soil, and spread chicken manure. The time spent with the sugarcane is also becoming valuable data for us.
The sugarcane, which was only a few centimeters long, has now grown to about 3 meters.
In just a month or so, we will begin full-scale production of BOSO Rhum agricole.