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Martinique | Aged

7.0/10 (40 ratings)
Tasty, but not quite great



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Posted 2 months ago by Nielf from Denmark with 148 ratings

Smag til Romhattens Romfestival 2020. Den er på det jævne.


Posted 2 months ago by Anders Ravn Jørgensen from Denmark with 121 ratings

Smagt på Romhattens romfestival i Århus august 2020. Udemærket men ikke bedre.


Posted 1 year ago by ElPato from Norway with 27 ratings

Great rhum agricole aged in bourbon casks. Not super complex so it could be a six overall, but given the low price I add two bottles easily. This bottle has also earned medals in the French Concours général agricole.

A sweet scent of aged rum strike you first, with caramel and dried fruits, taken over by charred oak, toast and butter.

On the palate it is a bit astringent as all middle aged agricoles tend to be — a characteristic it shares with modern cognacs bruts. Grass and oak but also abricot and vanilla. Long finish with some bitterness but also abricot, peach and spice — and the unmistakable bourbon flavour framing it in. Very interesting combination because I tend to find bourbon too sweet but this is a dry rum.

HSE Très vieux VSOP offers excellent value for your money. Try it in a ti’punch, or any tiki cocktail with pineapple or enjoy neat unless you are sugarholic. The charred character from the bourbon casks matches pineapple very well if a neat agricole is too much for you.


Posted over 1 year ago by Benja M77 from Belgium with 17 ratings

Un nez remarquable, un longueur intense...un rhum qui vous laisse une superbe sensation en bouche, pour ma part c'est une superbe découverte.


Posted almost 2 years ago by Andero from Estonia with 95 ratings

Very dry and grassy agricole. Noticeable burn, hints of straw. Hard to choose between xo and vsop but xo is probably slightly better for me. Can be had straight on rocks and a bit of lime. Still very good. 7.4-7.7.


Posted almost 2 years ago by Partagas&rum from Norway with 7 ratings

Full of smokey flavour so this reminds me of a cross between wiskey and rum. But quite tasty and drinkable. Ill absolutely reccomend ice in this one.


Posted almost 2 years ago by martin jeppesen from Denmark with 241 ratings

Nice amber in the glass with a very grassy and delicate nose. Notes of green apples, unripe peaches, cask and a hint of vanilla rise from the glass.
The taste is very potent with notes of woodchips and tobacco leafs. It’s quite tannic but refined none the less, with a long soothing finish. A nice and manly rum apropriately enjoyed infront of a fire. It stays a big seven for me as the taste cant quite follow the nose.


Posted almost 2 years ago by Joola69 from United States with 2659 ratings

Visited the Habitation Saint-Etienne (HSE) Distillery while vacationing in Martinique. Spectacular unlimited full open tasting bar. Distillery is in a different location than the tasting bar. HSE VSOP was EUR 40 at the tasting bar. Bright amber color. Very nice and sturdy bottle with a splendid label design. Oak flavors merged with traditional high end Rhum Agricole like grass and floral notes to the nose and palate. Quite a strong burn at the end being so dry. Rhum Agricole lovers can easily add 2 points to my score.


Posted almost 2 years ago by Antisoda from Norway with 10 ratings

This is very a very smooth rum. Slightly too sweet for my tastes, but it can be overlooked. Would buy again.


Posted 2 years ago by Teodelapio from French Guiana with 4 ratings

It’s a perfect exemple of vert old quality agricole rhum. Complex nose, strong and deep mouth, and you need 2 or 3 tastes un order to describes it ! Very nice fullfill feeling on thongue. Wood, but sweet fruits after, and long finale with pepper and ginger