HSE Rhum Agricole Extra Vieux XO

Crafted with some of the oldest sugarcane rum or rhum agricole from the HSE cellars, this expression has spent a decade in cognac casks. Aged to perfection, the barrels have imparted the spirit with plenty of wood notes.
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"HSE" stands for Habitation Saint Etienne. Built in the 19th century on the island of Martinique, a French island in the Caribbean Sea, it served as a sugar plantation and refinery before being transformed into a distillery in 1882 by the industrious Amédée Aubéry. In the following decades, it became thoroughly modernized, expanded, and connected to the railway. The building collapsed after being in operation for nearly a century and was bought and rebuilt in 1994 by Yves and José Hayot. They began restoring the historical site and relaunched the Saint Etienne brand.

Today the Martinique rhum agricole (a term for rum, produced from sugar cane juice) is the only one in the rhum category with the AOC designation. AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) is the French variant of certification for geographically protected wine, spirit, and food, which ensures the quality, authenticity, and character of the rhum. After the sugar cane is harvested, it's taken to the mills in order to extract the juice. After filtration, the juice is fermented and distilled. Both unaged "Blanc" and aged "Old" expressions are produced, the latter employing barrels that used to hold bourbon, cognac, sherry, and whiskey.

The HSE Rhum Agricole XO contains some of the oldest rhum from the HSE cellars, some spirits dating back to the 1960s. The rhum has spent at least a decade in meticulously selected cognac casks, lending the spirit its beautiful amber hue. Bottled at 86 proof, this award-winning expression is smooth with abundant wood and spice notes.

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Proof 86 (43% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Simon Distillery
Size 750mL
It's a delicate profile with a rich nose of cocoa, coffee, and tobacco. There's plenty of wood and spice on the palate with black pepper and nutmeg. The finish is velvety-smooth and long.
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