A 1710 Bête à Feu is a white agricultural rum distilled in Martinique. Its emblem is the "Bêt à Fé", a firefly that symbolises lost souls in search of paradise. The symbolism does not end there, as "fire" has an important place in the ritual of ti'punch. Indeed, for example, the "decolaj", the first punch of the day, is also called "mise à feu". And this continues throughout the day, with the 10 o'clock "feu" and the midday "ti feu".
This rum is made from pure cane juice from a single press. It is distilled in a copper still with a 7-plate column, nicknamed "La belle Aline".
Nico's tasting notes
The nose is full of freshness and ripe cane aromas. This is a very rich, generous and tropical profile that takes us between the rows of sugar cane, where an orchard air of bananas and mangoes blows.
The aeration insists and re-insists on the cane which occupies the whole frame, and in what a way! It seems a little more cooked than in the first moments, and carries some liquorice aromas that a splash of lime quickly refreshes.
The palate is rather full and powerful, with a gentle bite of fresh cane. It is the vegetal side that expresses itself best on the palate, with herbaceous and humid notes, between cut grass and fresh herbs.
The finish is tasty, and lingers more on the peppery bark of the cane. A little lime zest closes it, with a slight bitterness that keeps you coming back for more.
"A very nice cane brandy, with a charming nose and a warm mouthfeel..."