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HSE XO Grande Reserve 8-Year rum

HSE XO Grande Reserve 8-Year

Martinique | Aged | 43.0% ABV

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Posted 11 months ago by Mr. Rumantic from Germany with 125 ratings

The H.S.E. (Habitation Saint Etienne) Extra View XO is an Agricole Blend from Martinique. The used distillates are stored in oak barrels for between 10 - 50 years. It is bottled with 43% drinking strength. The Agricole Rhum, of course, has no additives. The dark rhum comes in a simple but very high-quality bottle. The cork is really stuck.

In the glass, the Rhum makes an absolutely high-quality impression. He walks heavy along the glass and pulls beautiful streaks. Light and fresh, it reproduces fruity notes. Grassy with sweet mocca note and some spice come through. Over time he evolves more wood notes. Also some nut and smoke resonate. Simply great and multi-layered. On the palate, the Rhum is very intense. Dry, strong oak, tobacco and smoke notes unfold. This is where Bourbon Feeling comes in. It is captured by a very pleasant light floral sweetness. Vanilla and seasoning such as nutmeg and pepper are included. Absolutely full-bodied, the finish comes with a slight warm sharpness and leaves a pleasant barrel note in the mouth. Smoke and wood with a slight vanilla aroma persist for a long time. Absolutely awesome. Simply delicious.

For me, one of the best aged Agricoles i've drunk so far. And at 65 euros quite affordable. The H.S.E. shows how much power and potential lies in the Agricole. For me an absolute enrichment and the perfect change to the molasses rum. Should everyone try who likes it dry and complex. The sweet rum drinkers should perhaps try a sample first. For bourbon drinkers the perfect variety. Absolutely top.

Der H.S.E. (Habitation Saint Etienne) Extra View XO ist ein Agricole Blend aus Martinique. Die genutzten Destillate durften zwischen 10 - 50 Jahre in Eichenholz Fässern lagern. Anschließend wurde er mit 43% Trink Stärke abgefüllt. Der Agricole Rhum hat natürlich keine Zusatzstoffe. Der dunkle Rhum kommt in einer schlichten aber sehr hochwertigen Flasche. Der Korken sitzt mal so richtig fest.

Im Glas macht der Rhum einen absolut hochwertigen Eindruck. Schwer läuft er am Glas entlang und zieht schöne Schlieren. In der Nase ist er einer der besten Rhums die ich bisher hatte. Leicht und frisch gibt er fruchtige Noten wieder. Grasig mit süßer Mokka Note und etwas Würze kommen mit der Zeit mehr Holz Noten durch. Auch etwas Nuss und Rauch schwingen mit. Einfach toll und vielschichtig. Am Gaumen ist der Rhum sehr intensiv. Trocken entfalten sich starke Eichen, Tabak und Rauch Noten. Hier kommt Bourbon Feeling auf. Eingefangen wird es durch eine sehr angenehme leichte blumige Süße. Vanille und Würze wie Muskat und Pfeffer sind dabei. Absolut vollmundig kommt der Abgang mit einer leichten warmen Schärfe und hinterlässt eine angenehme Fassnote im Mund. Rauch und Holz mit einem leichten Vanille Aroma bleiben lange bestehen. Absolut geil. Einfach lecker.

Für mich einer der besten Rhums die ich bisher getrunken habe. Und mit 65 Euro durchaus bezahlbar. Der H.S.E. zeigt wie viel Power und Potential im Agricole liegt. Für mich eine absolute Bereicherung und die perfekte Abwechselung zum Melasse Rum. Sollte jeder mal probieren der es trocken und komplex mag. Die Süßrum Trinker sollten vielleicht erst einmal probieren. Für Bourbon Trinker die perfekte Abwechslung. Absolut Top.

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Posted 7 months ago by Roberto from Luxembourg with 41 ratings

Not bad for a Rum Agricole. A lot of wood and a little bit like anis.


Posted over 1 year ago by Francois from France with 106 ratings

Well I would have like to give 8,5, and I should probably lower my other aged agricole accordingly for not giving a 9.

Anyway about tasting, the nose is perfect, very balanced between the grass of the rum and the vanilla+smoke from the barrel.

Instead In the mouth I feel the smoke to be overpowering. I think I just prefer white agricole than aged one, cast and grass don’t match for me but that is very personal. And actually I’m at my second tasting and already like it more so I may revise my note later.

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Posted over 3 years ago by Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB) from Sweden with 239 ratings

This one smells like bad cognac (VS or VSOP) but explodes with fantastic flavours in your mouth and there is the anis the most significant. Undoubtedly a real good Agricole and one of my favourites.
Picture: My shelf of single bottles from Martinique distilleries & My opened bottle.


Posted almost 5 years ago by laurent from France with 50 ratings

Je ne suis pas fan de rhum agricole en général mais celui-là m'a bien plu. Assez boisé au nez comme en bouche, puissance aromatique intéressante malgré ses petits 43°. En plus le prix est correct pour ce type de rhum.
Du coup je serais curieux d'essayer un brut de fût de chez eux...


Posted almost 6 years ago by Marco from Belgium with 22 ratings

Strong rhum with dense taste, fire in your mouth at first then some sweet vanilla taste, along wit caramel and wood.


Posted over 6 years ago by cesar from Switzerland with 24 ratings

Agressif odeur de dissolvant, en bouche ces Sec, piquant, poivree, un rhum fort a boire qui demande conaissance, dans la pure lignee des rhums martiniquais.


Posted over 8 years ago by Jerry Gitany from France with 22 ratings

Nice amber color, very smooth with some notes of tobacco and spices like nutmeg and black pepper.


Posted 4 months ago by Jipla from Belgium with 65 ratings

Bought this one after having tasted the black sheriff and it’s in my top 3 since. Great bottle!


Posted 1 year ago by PineWood from Belgium with 19 ratings

Nose of oak and rancio, reminding of old cognac. Strong taste, very dry, a bit oaky. This will appeal to cognac drinkers, if you like your rum a bit sweet this will taste too harsh. I did not detect vegetal agricole notes. I liked it.