HSE Rhum Agricole Tres Vieux VSOP

This expression is a sugarcane juice rum or rhum agricole that has been aged to perfection in ex-bourbon and French oak, bringing it into well-aged American whiskey territory with additional candied fruit 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 Tres Vieux VSOP is crafted with 100% sugarcane juice before being meticulously aged in French oak and bourbon casks until perfection. It flirts with well-aged bourbon territory while bringing Creole flavors, spice, and candied fruit to the table. Bottled at 90 proof, this expression has garnered several awards.

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Proof 90 (45% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Simon Distillery
Size 750mL
It's a rich nose with plenty of candied fruit notes including apricot, peach, and cantaloupe. There are toasted nuts, caramel, coffee, and cloves in there as well. The palate has a warmth to it with the notes from the nose transferred beautifully. The finish is mellow and long-lasting.
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