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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
This one has a very oak-forward flavor with hints of vegetal flavors, vanilla, and a hint of sweetness. Not my favorite, but not bad in cocktails.
This was my morning email and I realized it’s a rum I never tried, even though I’m not a Haitian rum fan. First I didn’t like the scent lots of alcohol on the nose, then color is a light yellow gold color, lighter than I like. Now tasting neat, smoke, very little sweet, some fruit funk, and just a warming burn that doesn’t go away. Kind of medicinal, or what you might want trapped outside in a snow storm. Not finding this mildly redeeming. I’ll try it again after having to rub dust off the bottle. Don’t even think I can finish my initial tasting. Can only come up with a 5, almost went 4.
Haven’t tried many rums like this and think this one is ok. No issues really to sit and drink it. May need to get accustomed to the different taste from the different process used to make it. Smooth enough, but finding I’m having some astringency after it goes down.
Mellow with honey as the dominant aroma and flavor. Not overly sweet - nice balance. I enjoy this neat when I’m not looking for a complex flavor bomb.
I got this as an introduction to the Agricole style—reading it was somewhere between the sugar cane spirit and the typical molasses-based rum. I was initially perplexed by the nose—had a harsh acetone vibe that dominated much of the more familiar aged rum notes. Not expecting much, I was pleasantly surprised by the caramel, fruit, and grassy nuances at the top and its smooth, almost soft development as a sipper. But where it really shines is in a Mai-Tai, split with either Smith & Cross or a Demerara rum. Still haven’t tried a true Agricole, but I’m liking where this is heading...
"Barbancourt 5 Star rum review by the Ultimate Rum Guide"
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