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HSE VSOP Port Cask Finish 4-Year rum

HSE VSOP Port Cask Finish 4-Year

Martinique | Agricole | 45% ABV | Column Still (1-4)

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Stefan Persson (PREMIUM) 🇸🇪 | 528 ratings
Posted almost 2 years ago

Bought this bottle for over a year ago from Catawiki. Rhum HSE is produced at the Le Simon distillery in Martinique. It’s
distilled in a Creole column and then aged for more than 3 years in American oak barrels whereafter it’s aged for more than 8 months in casks previously used for Port wine.
The aromas is fruity, spicy, sweet and woody with some notes of prunes and nuts.
In mouth and on the palate I recognize prunes, oak, dried fruits and spices. The balance between sweetness and dryness is perfect and it’s here it becomes clear it’s an AOC Rhum.
The finish is quite long, dry, sweet, fruity and spicy.
Overall one of the best port cask finished rums I’ve tasted.
Picture: My opened bottle and a poured glass out in the Stockholm archipelago.

Mr. Rumantic 🇩🇪 | 296 ratings
Posted almost 2 years ago

This bottling from HSE (Habitation Saint Etienne) from Martinique is an Agricole VSOP, which means that the Rhum made from sugar cane juice, which was produced in the Creole Column Style, was allowed to mature tropically in ex-Bourbon casks for 4 years. In addition, this VSOP was aged in port wine barrels for about two months. The Rhum was bottled at 45% alcohol. Since it is an Agricole, of course, without additives.

The nose is just gorgeous. I love the HSE nose. It has these strong, slightly musty hay notes. Less citrus than many other Agricoles. I can clearly smell those notes here. In addition, typical notes of wood, vanilla and caramel. But then also a lot of fruit. Red fruits. The port wine is there. It's all nicely balanced. The rum is nicely present on the palate. The alcohol announces itself and the 45% is already pleasantly warming. Hay, old wood, red fruits, currant, caramel and lots of wood influence. The whole thing is a little sweeter without being really sweet. The whole thing becomes drier towards the end, Agricole and the Port barrel combine beautifully and Tannins become more present.

A very successful Rhum Agricole. The VSOP has been perfectly expanded and upgraded. The port influence is natural and not superimposed, but complemented. The Rhum seems much older than 4 years and the tropical aging has done a good job. A good entry into the world of Agricole and easy sippers at a good, fair price.

Bei dieser Abfüllung von HSE (Habitation Saint Etienne) aus Martinique handelt es sich um einen Agricole VSOP, was bedeutet, dass der im Creole Column Style hergestellte Rhum aus Zuckerrohrsaft 4 Jahre in Ex-Bourbonfässern tropisch reifen durfte. Außerdem reifte dieser VSOP für etwa zwei Monate in Portweinfässern. Der Rum wurde mit 45 % Alkohol abgefüllt. Da es sich um ein Agrarprodukt handelt, natürlich ohne Zusatzstoffe.

Die Nase ist einfach toll. Ich liebe die HSE-Nase. Er hat diese kräftigen, leicht muffigen Heunoten. Weniger Zitrusfrüchte als viele andere Agricoles. Ich kann diese Notizen hier deutlich sehen. Dazu typische Noten von Holz, Vanille und Karamell. Aber dann auch viel Obst. Rote Früchte. Der Portwein ist da. Es ist alles schön ausbalanciert. Der Rum ist schön präsent auf dem Palast. Der Alkohol kündigt sich an und die 45% sind schon angenehm wärmend. Heu, altes Holz, rote Früchte, Johannisbeergurken, Karamell und viel Holzeinfluss. Das Ganze ist etwas süßer, ohne wirklich süß zu sein. Das Ganze wird zum Ende hin dritt, Agricole und das Port Barrel verbinden sich wunderbar und die Tannine werden präsenter.

Ein sehr gelungener Rhum Agricole. Der VSOP wurde perfekt erweitert und aufgewertet. Der Hafeneinfluss ist natürlich und wird nicht überlagert, sondern ergänzt. Der Rum scheint viel älter als 4 Jahre zu sein und die tropische Alterung hat ganze Arbeit geleistet. Ein guter Einstieg in die Welt der Agrar- und Easy-Sipper zu einem guten, fairen Preis.

bar la moura 🇭🇷 | 174 ratings
Posted almost 2 years ago

nose, port cask influence very present here (just 1 year after 3 years of ex bourbon barrels), sweet red berries on the nose you don t get that alcoholic burn even at 45% ABV ... aromas translates in the mouth, fruity, mostly red fruits and berries, some winey note, really pleasant and warming (45% ABV) again i m amazed how this rum aged only 4 years (also is column still distilled, not pot still), you feel like you drink older stuff, people at HSE really know their job ! this rum is very different from their basic VSOP, port barrels almost removed the agricole feeling from it, but i really like it ... it costed me 15,80 euro more than the basic VSOP but ok if you get something you like ...

Dzudzu 🇸🇰 | 129 ratings
Posted 1 year ago

Smell is really nice with lot of fruit and caramel, taste is really great, fruity, peach or watermelon, nice mix and end is good too. 8/10

Brand Details

Type: Agricole
Company: HSE
Country: Martinique
ABV: 45%
Name: VSOP Port Cask Finish 4-Year
Years Aged: 4
Raw Material: Cane Juice
Process: Pure blend (1 distillery)
Distillation: Column Still (1-4)
Women Led: No