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5 Martinique Distilleries Worth a Visit

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In the Nov/Dec issue, contributing writer Wayne Curtis visits Martinique to see how the tiny country produces such outsize rum. These five distilleries embrace the island's artisanal approach to the popular spirit.
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Rue de la Distillerie, La Trinité, Martinique
The rums from this historic distillery get their unique flavors from the island’s tropical humidity and the volcanic soils of the sugarcane fields sloping down from Mount Pelée. Open Mon.–Sat. Fonds Préville, Macouba, 596/(0) 596-78-92-55.
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Sainte-Marie, Martinique
In addition to tasting white, aged, and limited-edition rums, you can walk through the nearly 250-year history of the spirit in the Musée du Rhum located on the distillery grounds. Open daily. 596/(0) 596-69-50-37.
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Le Coin, Le Carbet, Martinique
Neisson (just down the coast from Saint-Pierre) is open all year, but the best time to visit is during the harvest, usually late January through early June. That’s when you can see the distillery in action. Open Mon.–Sat. 596/(0) 596-78-03-70.
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5,5km Route de Lamentin, Fort-de-France 97200, Martinique
The aged La Favorite Agricole Ambré earned a four-star rating in a 2011 New York Times tasting of rums from the Caribbean and Brazil. Be sure to taste the unaged Blanc as well. Open Mon.–Fri. 596/(0) 596-50-47-32.
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domaine de l'acajou, Le François 97240, Martinique
The restored estate of rum pioneer Homère Clément includes botanical gardens, art galleries, a museum, and a gift shop as well as a tasting room. Open daily. Domaine de l’Acajou, Le François, 596/(0) 596-54-62-07.