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7.8/10 (32 ratings)
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Posted 1 month ago by Mr. Rumantic from Germany with 59 ratings

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.

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. In the nose he is one of the best Rhums I have had so far. 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 rhums 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.

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Posted 3 months ago by PineWood from Belgium with 14 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.

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Posted 9 months ago by Francois from France with 83 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 9 months ago by Sousou85 from France with 40 ratings

Bon rhum avec arome caramel belle longueur en bouche. Assez graz et petite acidité en bouche.

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Posted 10 months ago by Michelud972 from Martinique with 4 ratings

Magnifique xo de chez HSE. Proche du vsop qui est sublime également. Ces rhums sont l'oeuvre d'un magnifique travail. Il est complexe, sans être désagréable à la première gorgée (bouchée). Une valeur sûre avec un bon rapport qualité prix

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Posted over 1 year ago by Qui ntin Vincent from France with 21 ratings

Une belle robe cuivrée, un nez tirant sur le cacao et les épices, avec de légères notes plus florales après aération.
La première partie de bouche est assez ronde pour un rhum agricole. On retrouve les saveurs d'épices et de cacao et la canne a sucre enveloppées d'un léger boisé. L'alcool arrive peu après, mais sans prendre le dessus sur les arômes: le tout reste bien équilibré!
Le boisé reste longtemps en bouche pour une belle finale.
Un excellent rhum agricole!!!

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Posted almost 2 years ago by Pirateforlife from United Kingdom with 17 ratings

Get yourself a bottle and don’t mix. Great smooth taste and what a dark colour.
Must be drunk with a cigar....

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Posted almost 2 years ago by eulalio torices from Spain with 23 ratings

Exquisito agricola del caribe q tuve el placer de probar en la france

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

Very nice smoky aged rhum! Has the usual agricole palate, but the oak makes it tobacco like. Definitely very good with a good Cuban cigar. Pretty sweet smell and the the booze in nose is not disturbing. Torn between the Xo and Vsop. True 8.

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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 XO was EUR 55 at the tasting bar. Bright amber color. Very nice and sturdy bottle with a splendid label design. Oak and aniseed 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.