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Barbancourt 5 Star Reserve Especiale 8-Year Rum is agricultural, meaning it's produced from fermented sugar cane juice rather than the more typical molasses. The sugar cane juice is double distilled and aged for eight years in Limousin oak barrels.
Dupré Barbancourt created the Barbancourt rum recipe in 1862 in Haiti, where the rum is still produced today. A French national, Barbancourt incorporated traditional French methods including double-distillation in the process.
Rhum agricole is great as a change from the ordinary molasses-based rums out there and this one is smooth and satisfying. Crisp flavor with very little aftertaste. Strong notes of vanilla and banana. Maybe a little less complex than others. Strong "spirit" ethanol smell and burn. Definitely worth trying out.
I wanted to like this. The smell is nice with vanilla notes and slight citrus. The first taste is immediate spice and alcohol. There seems like maybe there are some citrus undertones there but really the alcohol just overwhelms everything. The burn lingers and overtakes the aftertaste to where I get nothing but heat. That’s unfortunate. Hopefully I can find a good agricole that isn’t overwhelmed by the alcohol burn.
Smooth neat. I can’t afford the high end shit so this so far is as good as it gets for me. I have to be careful or else I’ll finish the bottle and sleep for 24 hours
This one i can recommend to anyone. is good for sipping and mixing.
Wood flavor is perceived and some flavor notes that for some reason reminds me a brandy.
Herbal after taste which i find very pleasant.
This rum is pretty delicious. It has strong oak flavors but not overpowering. Reminds me of Appleton 12 with a hint more complexity and bite from the agricole
Great stuff lots of flavor good and drinks but actually not bad on its own.
Please don't be fooled, just because this is made from sugarcane juice (as opposed to molasses) and Haitians have a heavy French cultural influence, it's not rhum agricole. It doesn't even remotely resemble it, I'd rather hear someone incorrectly guess a cachaça as a rhum agricole than this. OK, now that this is out of the way...
I consider this to be the best of the Barbancourt lines, it has a good flavor profile that strikes similarities to Spanish-style rums (Think Havana Club 7yr) and some hints of fresh sugarcane, although the ferocity of the true aguardiente is long gone from the barrel ageing process. It's got more body and character than the 4 star, and probably appeals to whiskey/scotch/bourbon drinkers in that it tastes like that barrel. Mmmm, old charred wood.
Recommended straight or on the rocks if you can't score good aged Cuban rums in your sphere of influence (*ahem* USA), or used as a reliable aged rum cocktail ingredient, on the higher proof side, but nowhere near overproofs. It'll add just enough heat without burning...
I would say this is more a mixer than a sipping rum
A bit too much oak for my taste
Just a nice rum at a very good price. Not too harsh, just a good rum for shots or sipping. Best value I’ve found!
This is one of my favorite mixers for a rum and coke with mexican coke. Biggest its a dryer rum it goes extremely well with the real sugar in mexican coke. It also has a nice complex flavor that comes with an aged rum. Good for the price
i don't remember the name of the Agricole that i had years ago, but i hated it. maybe it was too young, maybe i was too young, but it didn't taste like rum to me. i tend more towards the Jamaica style, more aged sipping rums. Then i tried this one neat (at Smuggler's Cove in SF - great place...). i really enjoyed the contrast of this one vs molasses based styles - grassy on the nose, herby and grassy notes on the initial taste, with a full flavor lingering taste experience. its not delicate, by any means, but reminded me of a fragrant sauvignon blanc (but obviously higher proof). i'd go back and try the Martinique Argicoles now after this one - nice change of pace but also stands on its own as very enjoyable.
Good. Yet too much of an alcool burn. Not as sweet and vanilla as I like. Missing some molasses and such.
Wrong, noooop, this could be better. Come on now, just say no.
Barbancourt 8 Yr is the rum that made me realize I didn't like agricoles. I call it the Ocitamolpid (reverse Diplomatico) because it is too dry. Too woody and earthy for my taste. I also find that the alcohol taste is emphasized too much. I'd pass on this one.
Цвет - Тёмный янтарь.
Аромат - Сдержанный, влажный, травянисто-тростниковый, слегка спиртуозный, зелёные бананы, шоколад.
Вкус - Маслянистый, слегка водянистый, тростник, шоколад, какой-то усреднённый - по сладости, пряности, мощности, всего понемногу и ничего в итоге, no guts, как говорят наши англоговорящие коллеги.
Послевкусие - С этим вообще плохо, слабое, быстро угасающее, одномерное, тростниково-травяное.
Вывод - Ни рыба ни мясо, не коктейльный, конечно вариант, кола здесь не потребуется, но какой-то особой радости тоже нет от этого рома.
Оценка - 5/10
In all fairness I did not understand what Rhum Agricole is about. So to me this was not as sweet as I prefer and had too much burn with little aftertaste but alcohol.
Nose was funky, the initial scent was actually not very pleasant and did nothing to help the first sip. This rum has a very light taste, almost sweet, without any body, Not a sipper, just ok as a mixer but will probably be okay as a blender. I liked it but there are better options out there in my opinion.
Older bottlings,this actually used to be a really good,smooth,rum.Post earthquake,the recipe appears to have changed.Current version is harsh,very smokey,with a strong alcohol burn.I've tried a few of the newer bottles and have been disappointed everytime.Luckily,I still have a few of the older bottlings.Doing a side by side comparison,they are two completely different rums.Avoid it...
Not a sweet rum. Strong kick. Good taste for sipping. Nice aroma and color as well.
Skvelý agricole rum z Haity za výbornú cenu, vo vôni trocha trávy, či dubového dreva, jemný.
Last night I opened the case of Barbancourt 5 star I had asked my niece to bring me from Haiti last Thanksgiving 2018. I poured a whole bottle in the bowl of Krémas I just made. Normally, 1 bottle should have been more than enough if not overkill for the amount of Krémas I made, but all I got was a thinner Krémas without the taste or smell of rhum. After a 2nd bottle resulted in more Krémas without the benefit of added alcohol, I poured it in a larger container and added a 3rd bottle with more or less the same result that it finally occurred to me that something is definitely wrong with the rhum.
I took an empty bottle to my nose and smelled nothing. I opened a 4th bottle and poured some in a glass. It was almost clear with a hint of amber, the beautiful aroma I’ve always loved was missing and it looked like I added a little rhum to a glass of water which is exactly what it tastes like. It’s really a shame that today I have to go buy some other good rhum in addition to more ingredients to bring the Krémas back to life! Very frustrating and a total waste of money!
I tried several glasses of this just to make sure I gave it a fair shake. I never made it through more than 2 sips on any glass. I tasted nothing but alchohol. I did not enjoy anything about it. This is a hard pass for me.
Way back in the late eighties during leaner times when travel was preferred over fine rums (which were not even available back then), this was my occasional "luxury" rum. My usual ones in those days were Cruzan Gold, Appleton V/X, and Pusser's Navy Strength. In those days, El Dorado, Diplomatico, Pampero, and the like could not even be found on shelves in my area. The complete Barbancourt line of rhums could easily be found in French speaking Louisiana. They were not cheap, so this here 8 Year Old was always my "luxury rum". I had absolutely no idea back then why the difference in taste was due to it being an agricole rhum aged in Limousin oak casks. I just knew that it was totally different from all of the other rums that I had tried at the time.
So why have I waited so long to try this one again? The reviews that mention smoke and "after the quake" decline in quality threw me off. Recently trying their 15 Year old neat at a bar also did not help. So after carefully studying all of these reviews again, I figured that there was less than a 25% chance that I would wind up with a bottle from a bad batch. I took the $27 gamble on this bottle and brought it home along with two pricey aged rhum agricoles from Martinique. This one easily beat those other two and I really lucked out on my new bottle of Barbancourt.
Just as I remembered it, it is very buttery and delicate with no smoke flavor whatsoever. The burn is kept to a minimal. The aroma is more floral than grassy, as well as the taste. Had I rated this one back then, it would qualify as a perfect 10, but these days I have found many more rums that are better, even if they cost much more.
Barbancourt 5 Star rum review by the Ultimate Rum Guide