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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.
Excellent on all fronts for sub $30. Bottled at 43% which makes it a great sipper. If I were to fault it I would say it's a bit generic and lacking a wow factor. But really it's far to good and enjoyable at it's price point to care about such a minor and petty thing.
It’s also an all around brown rum substitute. It can be perfectly used in any drink that calls out for brown rum.
I don't care if this undermines my rum qualifications but this is my only Mai Tai rum. Grassiness marries with Pierre Ferrand dry curacao elegantly and the wood the Barbancourt takes on stands up to the heaviest dem syrup and orgeat. You can drink a cocktail with only 1.5 ounces of Barbancourt and 6 ounces of juice and not forget that you are drinking rum when you're drinking it. Barbancourt all day my babies.
Barbancourt 8-year is the tiki rum of choice for many an exotic cocktail. It blends exceptionally well with fruit, but is refined enough to make a perfectly acceptable sipper.
Of all my rums, this one has the most unique taste. I love its crispness and the herbaceousness it brings. I like to mix it with fever tree ginger beer.
Nez : fruits exotiques comme la banane
Bouche : goût toasté de caramel, bois brûlé, noisette et pain grillé avec une finale de goût d’épice.
Au final un bon rhum agricole, mais il y aura place à plus de complexité au niveau des arômes.
Nice light amber in bottle and glass. Nose was grassy, some green (black) pepper maybe nutmeg and oak. Still have some nice burn front and finish but between was a fruity mix of maybe pineapple and peaches, but not sweet at all. Finish, the alcohol was still pleasantly there with pepper and grass. Very fine finish. A quarter ice cube changes it, more fruity less alcohol, so it could be even more versatile. Permanent on the shelf.
This agricole rum has a nice taste and a good character despite being young, only 8 years old.
In my collection, the description follows later. I have to taste it again.
I found this Haitian rum to be good, but not great. I was hoping for a bit more complexity, and this fell a bit short. However still a nice rum overall, with a bit of bite.
I thought I liked most rums, but this was gross tasting. It smelled like medicine, and I felt faintly ill after drinking it.
Rum produced from sugar cane juice in french style, aged for a long time if compared to Martinique/Guadaloupe cousins.
A real 8 years old agricole, for a price under 30€ is a very good value for money.
I enjoy this rum neat, there is a very good balance between the fresh, dry notes of the sugar cane and the wooden notes of a sipping spirit.
At first sip, this rum goes down smooth but it bites with a powerful oak punch. Doesn't mix well in my opinion with cola, so neat or on the rocks it is. It tastes fantastic and has a genuine originality to it. It's my favourite Jamaican rum at this point! It's made from cane sugar which is a fresh change from big name rums using beat sugar or molasses. It isn't my favourite overall, but I highly recommend it nonetheless!
Rum classico, sapore neutro con un piccolo nota acerba. Va bene sia liscio che per cocktail.
It had lots of flavour and has a real strong kick to it.
A little "rough" maybe but excellent with a bit of ice.
A surprising rum from Haiti. Quality taste and extremely smooth.
I could see his becoming my daily sipper. Different then other rums I tried. It was nicely balanced. Very fruity and just dry enough to cut through the sweetness with a smooth finish.
Far better that the 3 star, good rhum to drink with soda. Worthy of the Barbancourt name.
A bit too harsh on the aftertaste ..... Nice to sip but wouldn't purchase if I had the choice ... It's like a mix between spiced and aged that doesn't quite work
je m`attendais a plus d`un 5 étoiles mais bon..... il fait des drinks hors de la moyenne...
Don't be fooled by bad reviews, this r(h)um has it all - a bit of smoke, charred oak, honey, cinnamon, toffee, very little burn on the finish. There's also a plasticky, medicinal element to this that's not unpleasant. The flavors dance on the palate. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. I also get hints of honeyed raisins. A lover of bourbon and scotch will enjoy this fine offering.
Excellent rhum provenant d'Haïti, arrivé hier au Québec. De la top qualité!
This one is $22 where I live and worth every penny :)
C'est un bon rhum. J'ajoute ce dernier aux rhums qui représentent un bon rapport qualité/prix. Un bon 8 ans agricole.
"Barbancourt 5 Star rum review by the Ultimate Rum Guide"