Through the very old Barbancourt Réserve Spéciale 5 étoiles pure cane juice rum, Haiti expresses the richness of its terroir.
After 8 years of ageing in Limousin oak barrels, the cuvée has acquired a remarkable aromatic bouquet. It has also acquired a beautiful balance which makes it a recognised tasting rum.
Three medals at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London crown Barbancourt Réserve Spéciale.
Laurent's tasting note
Its colour is golden with discreet green reflections.
On the nose, it is lively and dry. The alcohol is present without being too marked. We are on vanilla and nuts (almond and walnut).
The entry in mouth is supple and even slightly mellow. Here it is the caramel that dominates. The balance between the alcohol and a relative sweetness is interesting.
The finish is drier and offers us once again caramel but also a slight touch of citrus (orange).
Dry rum but lacks a bit of aroma
The Barbancourt rum is recognizable between thousand... Excellence !
Well-arranged rum. One of the best.
The Barbancourt rum is very different from the other rums but the 8 year old is not the best
On the nose 👃🏻: it's sharp and dry at first, very alcohol driven, medicinal. Then with the acidity of an apple and a pear which is confirmed as the glass is aired. I also have a nice note of beeswax which is grafted onto it, even honey, pepper and vanilla. It gains some roundness and mellows out after a while, especially when the bottle level has dropped. Be patient before attacking it.
In the mouth 👅 it is unctuous, well flavoured and acidulous. We find very well the pepper of the cane with a pleasant and surprising young wood side for its age, very slightly roasted. The fruit notes are pear and white grapes, with a little wineiness that reflects the ageing in ex-Cognac casks. Some citrus fruits too. The vanilla is more appreciated on more generous sips, it is relatively intense and greedy.
The finish is rather fresh and medium long on that vanilla pear note, with a little pepper. It goes really well as a digestive, that's where I like it best 👌
Verdict ⚡️: this is a confusing rum on the first tastings when you are used to the agricoles of the DOM. I'd even say it's a bit of a challenge, with a very present alcohol, especially when the bottle is recent. It is necessary to let it open a long time in the glass to really appreciate it and find a little roundness 👍. Count 30 minutes on a new bottle, a little less afterwards. It actually smells really good in the empty glass after a few minutes 🙂
Aromas + Flavours = Pleasures
it is a difficult sample to give an opinion
good value for money!
Well received, well tasted and enjoyed, excellent rum.
Can't wait to taste the 15 year old
Totally agree with the previous opinion. Once you've tasted it, it becomes the reference. There are more amazing ones, but this is still "my" rum. An extra soul?
The quality/price ratio of this rum is unequalled. You'd almost think they were wrong ^^