Habitation St Etienne Rum Agricole Vieux 2005 Pedro Ximenez cask 46% 500ml

2005 Vintage
Habitation St Etienne
After 7 years of aging in oak barrels in the tradition of aged rums HSE, this extra old agricole rum finished in a barrel of Pedro Ximenez - Sherry for 6 months. Tasting Notes: The nose, both heady and ethereal opens with notes of sweet caramel and prunes. The delicate wood offers a subtlebalance between floral freshness and warm notes of macerated fruit.The smooth balance between notes of dry dates, licorice then after oxidation, flavours of honey, in beautiful harmony with flavours of undergrowth and blond tobacco.
Saint-Etienne was built on the foundations of "La Maugée", a sugar refinery whose land extended at the beginning of the 19th century over more than 400 hectares, from Gros-Morne to Saint-Joseph. The architectural ensemble, made up of the mansion, dominating the distillery and the old workers' huts, testifies to the housing system specific to Martinique. In 1882, Saint-Etienne was bought by Amédée Aubéry, a young captain of industry who would become one of the emblematic figures of the Martinican economy. He transformed the sugar refinery into an agricultural distillery and embarked on the modernization of infrastructure. He enlarged the factory and provided it with a magnificent façade punctuated by 28 windows with arched arches which provide optimal ventilation to the building. Railways are installed on the site of the distillery: draft animals pull wagons that transport the sugar cane. The hydraulic energy is provided by the Lézarde river thanks to a stone canal which crosses the Creole garden. In 1909, the property passed into the hands of the Simonnet family, who would develop the activity of the distillery until its decline at the end of the 1980s. The estate was bought in 1994 by Yves and José Hayot, who relaunched the Saint- brand. Etienne and undertake the restoration and enhancement of the architectural heritage of the dwelling. Now listed in the supplementary inventory of historical monuments, the distillery is one of the last and most beautiful witnesses of the mastery and aesthetics of industrial architecture at the end of the 19th century in Martinique. Its restoration is currently being completed.

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