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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.
Beautiful colors. Smooth, with pleasant notes of oak and a soft scent of the cane sugar.
I'm generally not a fan of agricoles. Others I've tried (and there have been several) have not appealed to me so I've not rated them. With that said, this is the best I've tasted and I like this one. It struck me as on the dry side but subtly sweet with a mild whisky-like flavor. Unfortunately, for my taste it's over-priced (around $30 US / 750 ml) where I can get it.
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.
a pesar de que no es el de 15 años, llena todas las expectativas de los conocedores roneros
I heard about this Haitian rum in the forums, which uses sugarcane instead of molasses and thought I would give it a try. I picked it up on sale for $18.99 which is a good price. I found it to be surprisingly good for the price. Nice color, good notes and quite smooth. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a great rum at a great value.
If 4 years old was not drinkable even with coke, this you can take if nothing else is available.
Al naso non regala sentori particolarmente dominati,arriva fatto l'alcool a coprire tutto. In bocca subito forte l'alcool che lascia il posto a pepe e erba verde. Il finale non é granché e lascia un po di amaro in bocca
UPDATE: Whenever I drink rum I let them breath in the glass for about 10 minutes. I did the same when I originally posted this rum and the initial results were such. However I had a feeling something was wrong with this batch as a whole, like the factory missed a mixing step. The smoke flavor was just way too high to be normal. I figured to get the smokey taste out would be just to stir it. So I poured the whole bottle in a pryex glass and put it on the stirrer and stirred for about 20 minutes. After having the whole room smell like a burning log I took it off the stirrer and tried it. MUCH better, the flavors are all there like they should be. Definitely can get the argicole taste now. And doesn't taste like a burning log anymore. Still not that good but enough to be enjoyable in a rum and coke.
I'm leaving the original review below \/
This is bad rum at all points. Opening the bottle it smells OK at best (kind of like a failed pusser's batch). Drinking it straight is okay for a millisecond (imagine a better tasting bacardi gold) and in comes a whoosh of harshness with so much smokey/tabacco flavor you mine as well suck the tail pipe of an 84' ford, there is only a faint hint of the grassy agricole part but that flushed out by the smokey too. In coke its much the same, it is less harsh but there is so much smoke flavor its not very good. It's not even a pleasant smoke like smoked jerky. It's more like the new guy left the space heater too close to the barrel and it caught them all on fire and they said "screw it we waited 8 years we are going to sell it anyway". Clement makes 100x better agricole. This could be good to marinate foods in for a smokey taste.
I found this has a distinct taste compared to D.R. Rums, must be something in the distillation or aging process. Still a fairly good drink when mixed, but not a lot of complex on its own.
There's nothing wrong with this rum, it's well made and has a certain appeal. But there's nothing that jumps out and grabs you by the short and curlies and makes you go wow. The fruit is nicely balanced with the oak, and there is a nice kick from the alcohol which is warming and has good length. Normally I prefer to drink straight up at 40% but this at 43% is perfect.
Note that this is comparable to a Martinique AOC Rhum at about half the price, and as such is going to have an unusual flavor due to its cane juice origin, as opposed to most rums which are made from molasses. The aging imparts a Cognac-like taste to it.
This rum is very smooth as compared to the Barbancourt younger runs. The taste is also very nice. The aftertaste ruined it a bit for me. It's the first rum I tasted with a charcoal aftertaste.
Un rhum puissant, pur jus et pas pour les diplomatiqueux. Brûle presque pétrolifere pourrait le caractériser, avec de la banane flambée sur le verre vide. A ne pas mettre sur tout les palais !
This rum is very good; I like it a lot. It's exceptionally smooth, and sweet enough to satisfy most palates. (It's also pretty reasonably priced.) But it's just not that exciting.
It's also quite a bit sweeter than I was expecting for a French-style rum, but it's a great contrast to the world of AOC Martinique Rhum Agricole I've so far only dabbled in. (This is agricultural rum made from sugar cane juice, but not produced in the same region or according to the same rules or processes as most most other agricoles, hence the rather large difference in character and price. To me, Barbancourt compares more directly to Spanish-style rums.)
I'd wager this bottle is a crowd-pleaser (I'm rather surprised the rating is so low... who would give this a 4?!), and would be thrilled to arrive at a party where a giant bowl of Barbancourt Rum Cup was being served!
My first "Rhum" Agricole so I can't compare it to others of this type. I will say that it's very smooth and not very sweet which I expected. The base flavor reminded me a bit of RL Seale's 10 year but with less complexity of leather, oak, and vanilla if that makes sense. There is an earthy natural flavor to this one that I wouldn't describe as bad, but I will use it as a mixer just because I personally prefer more sweetness in rums that I drink neat or on the rocks. Smokey and grassy is how I would describe this as well. Smooth rum overall.
Nothing stands out as extraordinary, and doesn't have the complexity of other aged Rums. Taste of sugarcane and oak with a touch of raisins. Still works as a sipper for me and I personally wouldn't mix it, as it has a nice, distinct taste (only for Kremas, where it works beautifully).
I don't care if this undermines my rum qualifications but this is my only Mai Tai rum. Grassiness marries with Pierre Ferrand dry curacao elegantly and the wood the Barbancourt takes on stands up to the heaviest dem syrup and orgeat. You can drink a cocktail with only 1.5 ounces of Barbancourt and 6 ounces of juice and not forget that you are drinking rum when you're drinking it. Barbancourt all day my babies.
Barbancourt 8-year is the tiki rum of choice for many an exotic cocktail. It blends exceptionally well with fruit, but is refined enough to make a perfectly acceptable sipper.
Of all my rums, this one has the most unique taste. I love its crispness and the herbaceousness it brings. I like to mix it with fever tree ginger beer.
Nez : fruits exotiques comme la banane
Bouche : goût toasté de caramel, bois brûlé, noisette et pain grillé avec une finale de goût d’épice.
Au final un bon rhum agricole, mais il y aura place à plus de complexité au niveau des arômes.
Nice light amber in bottle and glass. Nose was grassy, some green (black) pepper maybe nutmeg and oak. Still have some nice burn front and finish but between was a fruity mix of maybe pineapple and peaches, but not sweet at all. Finish, the alcohol was still pleasantly there with pepper and grass. Very fine finish. A quarter ice cube changes it, more fruity less alcohol, so it could be even more versatile. Permanent on the shelf.
This agricole rum has a nice taste and a good character despite being young, only 8 years old.
In my collection, the description follows later. I have to taste it again.
I found this Haitian rum to be good, but not great. I was hoping for a bit more complexity, and this fell a bit short. However still a nice rum overall, with a bit of bite.
Barbancourt 5 Star rum review by the Ultimate Rum Guide