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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.
Tasty, but not quite great
Definitely as dry as you'd expect from an agricole, but this isn't a good thing. Very light color, light taste. On the plus side, decently smooth and a nice vanilla finish. And it's eminently affordable.
Stopped at a NH liquor store on my way back from vacation today and picked up what I thought would be a safe bet - 8 year old "reserve especiale" from Haiti that I was curious to try. Nice golden color, nice smell with subtle sweetness, first sip... sharp alcohol sting. Let it sit for 5 minutes... not much better. I've had cheaper rums which were a lot smoother. I will mix the Barbancourt with Coke.
Than your pic but same rum. A lovely (as the website says) 'well balanced' rum. It is exactly that. I have read reviews that say it is not sweet but I find it sweet enough, the sweetness is well matched with the savoury flavours that are abundant. Super rum.
"Barbancourt 5 Star rum review by the Ultimate Rum Guide"
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