After more than 6 years ageing in oak barrels, as is the HSE tradition, this vintage rum has been enhanced by a further four to five months in barrels previously used for peated KILCHOMAN whisky, a single malt from Scotland’s Islay region.
MASTER TASTERS NOTE
The nose transports us to a universe of peat and smoke and is enriched with aromas of tropical fruits, candied orange and golden tobacco. When swirled, notes of licorice and toast appear, while gradually giving way to the inviting cigar box aroma, characteristic of our aged rums. The taste is balanced with excellent breadth and asserts the peaty notes of the finish, enhanced by rare spices and soaked fruits aromas.
Habitation Saint-Etienne (HSE) was one of the main Martinique's sugar factories during the 19th century. Converted as other sugar factories into a Rhum Agricole distillery at the end of the 19th century, its distillery activities were ended in 1988. Rum is since distilled at the Simon distillery not far from the Fran?ois village. Blending, maturing and barrel ageing activities are still conducted at Habitation Saint-Etienne domain. The AOC Rhum Agricole de la Martinique restricts production to the short best season for the cane to pack aromas, compels that all and only the fresh juice of the cane be used, contrary to 95% of the world rums using the left-overs (Molasses, stalks) of the sugar refining industry. Agricole Rum belongs to the world of cognac or Armagnac, whenever Traditional Rum (also known as Industrial) is in the grappa / pomace world. Habitation St Etienne is famous for its Strong Bourbon cask finish but for unusual cask finish in Islay, Pedro Jim?nez, Oloroso, Sauternes.