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This is my favorite Rum! Dry agricole rum made from sugarcane juice not molasses in Haiti. Bright flavor, not too fancy just good rum. True pirate Rum with it's simple old school bottle and label. Smooth with a little bite, I like to drink it straight out of the bottle, arrrrrrr. Clean liquor never a headache from this stuff.
43% ABV. Pot still. Cane juice. Nose: Hint of creamed corn. A good amount of brine. Some oak. A savory note I can't place. Hint of something medicinal. Caramel underpinning it all. Fairly creamy. If you breathe really deeply, some alcohol. Many of the same notes follow on the palate. Shortish finish.
I was fairly impressed by this one. It's quite good! I truly can't understand the low rating (5.2 at time of writing). Are people expecting a rich, creamy, sugar-and-vanilla delivery mechanism? That's not what this is trying to be. And certainly, in my opinion, it punches above its weight. Barbancourt 3* is an excellent, affordable, and widely available introduction to agricole-style rums.
I Remember all my memories were good with this drink. a 3 star Rhum I would not miss but the 5 stars is a thing to miss. my haitian friends first offered me this drink at their house in Boston, when I was 19. a non drinking age for that state. when I go to liquer store checkin out all the good beers I must say this rhum calls me like Jumanji. $23.although I drink red label and as I age I can drink hard liquer, 4 star haitian rhum is always has a character and my drink of choise in rhum on the rocks.... ı prefer bacardi and fresh coconal make the juie myself to make pina colada. u will understand when u go to a caribbian party with the food..everybody drinks Rhum barbancourt and prefered beer. it is a cultural summer drink. for the price it is a fun original bottle always in my basket.
This is an interesting, solid rum. It is a lot more harsh and fusely than the 8, and for a minimal price difference, I’d definitely get the 8 every time.
Barbarcourt 3 star’s aroma is distinctive , it is exquisite to savor after dinner with its full body, french caribbean aroma and dark color flavor. Excellent price-quality rum
N- Soft and quiet, with light ashy smoke breeze thru from a distance, bonfire, phenol charred notes and plenty of sea salts (doesn't it sounds familiar?) Cognac (a vsop) mixed with water alike, which is quite nice. Despite the quiet nature, appeared rounded, serious with fine oak fragrant, probably from a refill brandy cask. (19/25)
P- Layer by spiced salts, some dried berries with rather firm body and well structure, despite light on strength, good oak that impart just the right touch of woodiness that sooth the palate. (19/25)
F- Short-medium, smooth. Drift of dried leaf with charred wood lingers, returns of phenol that make it rather complex. Good light sipping rhum. (20/25)
Balanced:- Brandy alike, which is not a bad thing. (19/25)
Weighted Rate:- 77pt
— at The Rum Bar KL.
A nice, dry rum with a nice aroma indicating some sweetness. The flavor is also nice. Similar to the 5-star but not as smooth. It has somewhat of a complexity about it. A little more of a burn than the 5-star but nothing harsh. There is a butteriness to it along with a mild sweetness. There seems to be similarities between the 3-star and 5-star rums with the differences being somewhat minute. The longer aging definitely makes the 5-star smoother and the flavors stand out more. This one is as expected of a younger rum. Definitely makes a good mixer. And is wonderful in Coke Zero. I still wish they used a cork instead of a metal screw cap.
not the best, not the worst. in between. if you want to have a nice rhum for a minimum of bucks, than try. taste it neat on its own. the whole taste goes into the direction of the five star. but in the end it lacks complexity and smoothness.
To me, it's an OK rum, not the best by far. It has the presence and the sting you want from rum, but not the complexity to be called a great rum. Ok at best
This is a nice rhum. I will admit it is my first agricole but I can't say there is anything bad or offensive about it as others seem to.
The nose is alcohol, no doubt about that, but its a young, light, agricole so can I pretend to be surprised? no.
Palate is nice and has complexity and development. It drinks almost like a whisky, initially soft and round with some light caramel notes as well as a bit of brown sugar. There is also a kind of hard to place sharp-sweet flavor going on, kind of a super light funky sugar cane taste on the mid-palate. Finish and aftertaste leaves this little (tiny) funk and sugarcane as well as a slow and subtle burn which is actually quite nice.
Overall, it's a fine rum, seems to be a nice intro into the style and the region. It's not mind-blowing but it is what it is. I wouldn't seek it out to sip unless youre really a connoisseur of the style but I do think it's very nice as a one-time sip and a mixer for tiki or craft cocktails. Wouldn't put it in a cuba libre or anything like that... it isn't THAT bad.
EDIT: After trying other agricoles this is the most subtle. Honestly not a good representative of the style but decent in its own right.
I have gotten wrapped up in my theory that 3-4 years is optimum aging for rhum agricoles. Since I have their 5-star 8 year and like it, I figured that this lesser aged one could be better. Wrong! The 86 proof really burns the tongue and it needs to breathe for about 30 minutes to be able to drink neat. My theory may hold for Martiniquan agricoles, but not for rhums from Haiti.
Update one month later: All this rhum is good for is mixing with ginger ale similar to my same recommendation for Angostura 5 Year.
I picked up a few of these bottles when iI was in Haiti a few years ago and forgot about them in the back of my bar, I did not miss much. The initial nose is a little flat, and too much burn to smell anything else. If you try hard you will find some tobacco, leather and vanilla. The initial tase was sugary but gave away to bitter and burn too soon, it finished up with some sugar cane. As a sipper it did not cut the mustard, but it was fine in a mix drink.
This rum did not make me go to it often. It sat for one of the longest periods of time on my open bottle shelve. It has a certain roughness in its tone. Not due to the alcohol just its general flavor profile. To me it had a certain rancidness to it, maybe the sugar cane used in my bottle was not the freshest.
Le fait qu'il soit à partir de jus de canne et non de résidus de canne m'a fait croire que j'aurais droit à un très bon rhum. Il est très bien avec du cola et un peu de jus de lime. Sec, la sensation de brûlure est trop présente pour bien apprécier les arômes.
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