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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.
Not what I normally drink but I can see where it could be nice. just not for me.
A classic but somewhat different rhum. Do not dismiss this rum because you do not like agricole.
Has very little by way of vegetal/grassy notes. An excellent complex sipping rum.
You don't have to drown this one with fruit juices to make it palatable.
On par with the basic Appleton "Special Gold" as a mixer but definitely much harsher and lacking all the smoothness of the Appleton
For those who think that a burning throat means an alcohol is good and strong.
If you need something to make good (but not great) cocktails, Barbancourt 5 star is a great choice. It's about like Mount Gay Extra Old—I don't choose it from my collection to drink neat, but as part of a cocktail it is perfectly good.
Bon rhum sans conteste, mais sans surprise non plus si ce n'est que pour un viel agricole je l'ai trouvé relativement ''doux''. A tester.
This rum is undrinkable!
its smell is synthetic, like a solvent. Its taste is very strange: medicine, sour, a little iron, very tannic and you have the feeling that the mouth to fall asleep! Not recommended.
ikke nogen stor rom, da smagen ikke er så nuanceret. Men den er dejlig. Frisk, med en snert af citrongræs!
Billoy verga succa appetae.
Sinodid nea tao kelleti.
Easy to sip. Nice introduction to those who may not have had an agricole.
I don't know about how it is where you live, but these agricoles are pricey where I am. Damn, those French have got it made. Well, Haitians actually in this case (a former French colony). Thus, I am inclined to judge this rum more harshly than I might otherwise, given four of my favorite rums are at this price-point locally.
Having been a cognac drinker, one can easily ascertain the link to the rhum agricole variant of rum production. Once you understand the (well-defined) production process, you know what flavors you're going to get. And you get them here. On those merits, one can see why this rum is so popular among agricole drinkers.
Still, to my taste, this agricole did not significantly stand apart from the 5 Year Clement I'd tasted previously (and at the same price-point) - a modest VSOP to the Clement's refined VS (to use cognac terms). A bit smoother, a bit more of those hearty cognac flavors, sure.
But once again, I prefer the molasses-based rums (exception: St Lucia's Chairman's Reserve, made of raw sugar cane but *not* the agricole process).
Great as a mix to broaden the flavour range with a English or Spanish style. Sweet sugar and then grass.
I really like barbancourt's nose. It tells of much more years than 8. The taste is sweet at first, then highly fluctous grassy and finally deep tobacco and coffee. I really like this one. However it is a little bit too strong on the alcoholic odor.
A little light for an aged rum, but it makes up for it in flavor. Nice amount of spice and sweetness, and just a hint of that rhum agricole funk. Highly recommended, and used often for tiki mixing.
Tropical drinks requiring dark rum - use Rhum Barbancourt 5 Star. Mixed drinks gain a quality flavor over some of the other rums used in mixed drinks; no nail polish remover undertone to it. This rhum also works good on its own over a big rock of ice
I keep this one on my mixing shelf.
It's like brandy with water and no good with coke.
I find Barbancourt special, it`s less grassy than regular agricoles and it´s still a cane juice rum. The honey-like but sort of dry flavor is great to mix drinks with, the 15 yo is much better though.
Light, citrus good on the rocks
This run had a light and clean taste with smokey overtones. Great for sipping on the rocks.
Full honey flavor, grass notes and a nice dryness. Light an floral with hints of tannins and wood. Try this in rum cocktails you wanna throw an "island" spin on.
Not a great nose, but really pleasant taste. Not an overwhelming grassy taste common with some agricoles. Just the right amount of slight spice, short to medium finish with some leftover oil.
Very affordable agricole (cane juice) rum. The 5-star is light, easy-drinking, unassuming, fairly dry, some oak. Really smooth and well-balanced. So easy to drink it's downright dangerous.
Color : Gold
Flavour : Praline, nutty edge, apricot & apple, sweet notes of cane & honey
Palate : Subtle, elegant, a well balanced rum
A great affordable rum, a must try!
This is a good sipping rum in a pinch. It pales in comparison to the 15 year, but it mature enough to sip.
Barbancourt 5 Star rum review by the Ultimate Rum Guide