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Barbancourt 5 Star Reserve Especiale 8-Year rum

Barbancourt 5 Star Reserve Especiale 8-Year

Haiti | Aged

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.

251 ratings
Tasty, but not quite great

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251 Barbancourt 5 Star Reserve Especiale 8-Year Ratings

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sporefrog 🇺🇸 | 40 ratings
Posted 10 days ago

It's an enjoyable rhum, but the aging (or something else) sucks any delicious agricole elements out of it. I'll opt for the cheaper "3 Star"

Rapid City Rich 🇺🇸 | 18 ratings
Posted 18 days ago

This is my first agricole- sugar based. Typically I enjoy a molasses based rum.
I am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy this rum. The stronger ABV is apparently. There is an initial burn which quickly passes. It has very little after taste or burn.
I can almost enjoy this neat but not quite, maybe. Good thing I have an entire bottle to try it again!
A rhum worth trying for sure.

Silverbacchus54 🇺🇸 | 16 ratings
Posted 26 days ago

Wasn't super enjoyable as a sipper. Not much of an aroma. Even when I let it sit awhile before trying again, I just didn't taste much flavor. As I noted, it's clearly overwhelmed by the smokiness and then the flavor just disappears into an alcohol harshness which I found irritated my throat a bit..

ShadowDragon 🇺🇸 | 80 ratings
Posted 2 months ago

Decent agricole, from someone not usually a fan of agricoles. Seems age does the trick.

JarkkoKoo 🇫🇮 | 33 ratings
Posted 2 months ago

This smells the most like ethanol of the 4 / 8 / 15 year Barbancourts. It has almost no alcohol burn in the flavor but some ethanol flavor still. The same goes for when I used it in a Daiquiri.

Fink14109 🇺🇸 | 19 ratings
Posted 4 months ago

I'd never heard of this rum before. It has a nice color, but not as bold as other 8 year rums I've had.

Benz 🇩🇪 | 1 rating
Posted 4 months ago

This Rum was my absolute favourite for more than 12 years. 2024 I bought a bottle but the taste is completely disappointing, like the cheapest shitty stuff in a supermarket.
Sharp, all the fine aromes I know from before have gone. I‘m sure the destillation process has changed! Quality has gone to zero, price has gone up a lot!!!
If you find an older bottling, buy it, this was perfect.

wayoutwest 🇬🇧 | 109 ratings
Posted 6 months ago

Not quite sure what to make of this, but it's going down fairly fast!
The smell and taste seems very distinct, and unlike either Agricole or molasses based rums, but it's own thing.
Smells kind of floral, with an undercoat of solvent, and something darker but indistinct.
Taste is remarkably lacking burn for something so young, with the floral vibe adding the French oak, and then the modest burn coming in on a dry oak finish.
When I first opened this, it didn't offer much, but it's come out of its shell over time without ever bringing anything complex to the table. Overall, it's very easy drinking and reminiscent of Spanish style rum, but with a French oak, cognac like, vibe too.
For £35, it's decent and very drinkable. I quite like it in it's own way, but I imagine wanting to try something different rather than buy more of this again

Gran Matteo 🇺🇸 | 18 ratings
Posted 7 months ago

One of the first of this style I tried over a decade ago. Definitely a good intro to Agricole, but leaves more to be desired.

Update: I recently revisited this rum after a long hiatus, updating from a 6 to a 7. It's very approachable, affordable, and smooth. Nothing to dislike other than there are tastier aged cane juice based rums, however nothing really in this price range.

Schpyder 🇺🇸 | 18 ratings
Posted 8 months ago

Not really like any other rum I've had, you definitely get some of the grassy agricole character due to being a cane juice distillate, but it's pot-stilled as opposed to column, and imparts a whole other mouthfeel and flavor profile. Citrus and molasses are prominent, with herbal, grassy hints on the back. Definitely worth trying.

Brand Details

Type: Aged
Company: Barbancourt
Country: Haiti
Name: 5 Star Reserve Especiale 8-Year
Years Aged: 8
Raw Material: Unknown
Process: Pure blend (1 distillery)
Distillation: Unknown
Women Led: No

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