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Posts Tagged ‘Rhum Barbancourt’

#Top100Rums of 2017: #38 Rhum Barbancourt 15 Year Old

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 13, 2017

Rhum Barbancourt is distilled and produced by Societe du Rhum Barbancourt,  in Port Au Prince on the Isle of Haiti.

The word “rhum” is the French spelling for our English word “rum”. However, the differences between Rhum and Rum are often much deeper than just a twist in spelling. This is because the traditions of making rhum in the French West Indies differs from the traditions of rum production in the rest of the Caribbean. The major difference in the production of Agricole Rum is that it is distilled from fermented sugar cane juice rather than fermented molasses. As well Rhum Agricole is usually single distilled to 70 per cent abv., and then brought to bottling proof after it is aged.

At Rhum Barbancourt, things are done a little differently, as a second distillation brings their rhum to 90 % abv. after which it is reduced to about 50 % abv. before being aged in oak (in both large oak ‘vats’ and smaller barrels). The Rhum Barbancout Estate Reserve is bottled at 43 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to the review of the #38 Rhum on my list of the Rum Howler Best 100 Rums of 2017:

Review: Rhum Barbancourt 15 Year Old Estate Reserve

“… as I let the rhum breathe I begin to taste more rich fruitiness (canned apricots and pears) and some nice baking spices building. Caramelized brown sugars, dashes of cloves and cinnamon, some marmalade and marzipan, and even a light smokiness of dark tobacco are all apparent …”

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Alternatively you can view the list as it grows by viewing my Reveal Page:

The Rum Howler – Top 100 Rums of 2017

The Reveal Page will be updated at least weekly through September, October and November and then daily in December.

Note: I apologize for the hiccup in my countdown as I have been ill for a few days, and I see that my friend whom I placed in charge of my postings on twitter jumped ahead a little. I will revisit the two spirits which were skipped over at a later date (they have been added to the reveal page).

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Review: Barbancourt Reserve Speciale 8 Year Old Rhum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 8, 2017

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Haitian Gentleman

The world of Rum was saddened by the loss of Thierry Gardère. After stating that he wasn’t feeling well and was having trouble breathing, Gardère passed away on Wednesday February 27 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on the way to the hospital. Thierry Gardère was the fourth generation of his family to direct the Society du Rhum Barbancourt, which is the company responsible for the distillation and production of Rhum Barbancourt. Thierry was described to me as a real gentleman and benefactor to his country. When I learned of the sad news, I decided to pay a very small tribute to both the man and the rhum he produced by re-visitng my 7 year old review of the Barbancourt Reserve Speciale 8 Year Old Rhum.

Rhum Barbancourt is produced  in Port Au Prince on the Isle of Haiti. The Haitian company (founded by Dupré Barbancourt ) began producing rhum on March 18, 1862, distilling their spirit directly from sugar cane juice rather than using molasses.

Here is a link to my newly revised review:

Review: Barbancourt Reserve Speciale 8 Year Old Rhum

“… I notice smells of banana, orange peel, almond, vanilla and mild oak spices. The light butterscotch and brown sugar notes move into those light oak spices bringing yummy toffee forward and a few scattered baking spices. The almond notes I noticed initially are moving towards marzipan, and the orange peel is moving towards marmalade …”

I hope everyone enjoys my revised review and the cocktail suggestion, Haitian Gentleman which follows.

(My sincere condolences to all friends and family of Thierry Gardère, as well as to the staff and workers at Thierry Gardère who are mourning his loss.)

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Top 30 Rums Countdown # 25 – Rhum Barbancourt 15 Year Old Estate Reserve

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 29, 2012

Rhum Barbancourt is distilled and produced by Societe du Rhum Barbancourt,  in Port Au Prince on the Isle of Haiti. The word “rhum” is the French spelling for our English word “rum”. However, the differences between Rhum and Rum are often much deeper than just a twist in spelling. This is because the traditions of making rhum in the French West Indies differs from the traditions of rum production in the rest of the Caribbean. The major difference in the production of Agricole Rum is that it is distilled from fermented sugar cane juice rather than fermented molasses.

As far as Rhum goes, Rhum Barbancourt kind of breaks the mold and goes its own direction, but it is a direction which pleased the Judges and I so much that it landed at number 25 on the countdown list of the 30 Best Rums in the World:

#25 – Rhum Barbancourt 15 Year Old Estate Reserve

“… The initial scents in the breezes are of butterscotch and sandalwood oak. As the glass breathes the aroma becomes more complex with some light baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and cloves) and both citrus (orange peel) and dry fruit (dates, apricot and raisin) evolving… “

This Rhum displays a very nice balance of flavour with a more mellow style of oak which allows the flavour nuances within to shine.

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