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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
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.
This is a very good starting point in the carribean rum enlarged family. Barbancourt 8 is smooth, easy to drink, with very tipical notes from its 8 years aging in french white oak barrel. It's lacking originality in my opinion but it's a nice sippper.
An 8 year old Rhum Agricole that has more in common with molasses based Rum than the Martinque style Rhum produced from fermented sugar cane juice.
Appearance is light golden. Honey like sweetness aromas & vanilla. Overall a more molasses based notes on the taste with some vegetable/grassy (agricole like) notes nearer the end. An oaky peppery finish.
This is a great entry for those that want to move into agricole style rhums. Amazing value for money. I like this a lot and it makes a great Haitian (Barbacourt) Sazerac.
Just ok. It's smooth but just not as flavorful as other rums I that price range. I think I will stick with the Barbados and Jamaican rums.
What can I say about this. I mean, I really didn't know what to expect about this one, after trying the 4 before this I drank 2 or 3 glasses of water to rinse my mouth out before pushing through to the next sample. I did notice a significant difference from the 4 and 8. Mostly because this one wasn't just an earthy harshness as the 4 was. This rum has a raw spice to if with sweet tones masked underneath. Not a bad rum, just not at all my style. Needs and ice cube however.
This was one of my experimental bottles. Good rum in a crowded price point. It holds it's own but does not stand out. I'm not a connoisseur but I drink a fair amount of aged rum. This one is fine but so are a lot of others.
"Barbancourt 5 Star rum review by the Ultimate Rum Guide"
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