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About Benjamin Jones

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As a fourth-generation member of the Clément family of Martinique, Benjamin Mélin-Jones was raised as a classic purist of Rhum Agricole. He was raised to appreciate his French and Martinican roots, with its unique culinary heritage, ceremonial Ti’ Punch rituals, and the island’s beautiful culture.

Ben grew up with a vision to introduce Rhum Clément to the States. This vision, combined with the ardent ambition to elevate the appreciation of fine rum and a fantastic collection of products with which to do it, grew rapidly, as Ben re-established SPIRIBAM. SPIRIBAM represents, markets, and distributes fine Caribbean rums from Martinique and Saint Lucia. Today, SPIRIBAM is responsible for bringing Rhum Clement, Rhum J.M, Admiral Rodney Rum, Chairman’s Reserve Rum, and Bounty Rum to the shores of the United States. The company is to its trade partners the ultimate cabinet of rum, and is one of the primary forces behind today’s rapidly developing ultra-premium rum category U.S.

Ben has ardently committed his career to the soaring fine spirit and craft cocktail movement, and is a recognized leader of the contemporary renaissance for genuine premium rum, led by his ambassadorship for Rhum Agricole. His passion for this kind of authenticity, combined with his lifelong dedication to his French Caribbean roots has helped him become one of the world’s leading experts on rum and a widely quoted resource on the rise of premium rum in today’s beverage trends.





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Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Join us for our members-only Trivia Night! Test your knowledge of pop culture, science, and other categories during this fun, French-themed game night!

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Art de la Table "Mother's Day"

GASTRONOMY & WINE PROGRAM: YOUR FRENCH CULINARY ARTS AND WINE JOURNEY

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The French Library is delighted to present this cooking class from our new Gastronomy & Wine program. Guided by excellence, this program is designed to educate you in the fine art of cooking and oenology with experts.

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Friday, April 26, 2024

Challenge yourself to find the floral and fruity notes of summer French wines in a blind tasting. The winner will be able to take a bottle of wine home!

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