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Tasty, but not quite great
Visited the Habitation Saint-Etienne Distillery while vacationing in Martinique. Distillery tour was closed but an open tasting bar was spectacular. HSE 2012 Cuvee de l'an was priced at EUR 35 at the distillery. High end bottle and label design. Traditional Rhum Agricole notes followed by grass, spices, citrus fruits and floral bouquet to your nose and palate. Strong burn at the end. Rhum Agricole lovers can easily add 2 points to my score.
The first nose is really fresh, on fresh sugar cane with floral, vegetal and fruity notes. I detect red fruits, maybe raspberry ? Citrus notes with lemon and spices, white pepper. On the palate, the sugar cane is well present, milk chocolate, butter and also notes of rose flower or orange blossom. Nice finish spicy.
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