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Rhum Barbancourt

Rhum Barbancourt
Estate Réserve


By Robert Plotkin

Rhum Barbancourt was founded in 1862 by a Frenchman named Dupré Barbancourt. His ambition was to apply the techniques he had learned making cognac to the rhum making process. Few spirits better illustrate this dream than Rhum Barbancourt Estate Réserve.

This revered spirit is made from fresh cane juice that is fermented for three days and double-distilled, first in a single column still and then in a copper alembic still. The final distillate is brought to proof with purified rainwater prior to being aged in Limousin oak barrels for a minimum of 15-years in the Domaine's chais. It is then bottled at 86-proof.

Once the private reserve of the Barbancourt distillery, the Estate Réserve is a luxurious, sophisticated rhum. It has a medium-weight body, seamlessly smooth texture and a pronounced bouquet of warm, toasty aromas. The palate of this rhum is exceptional, brimming with chocolate, honey and toffee flavors that linger impressively before eventually tapering off into an elegant, nuance laced finish.

The august range also includes five-star Rhum Barbancourt Réserve Spéciale. It is aged a minimum of 8-years in French oak vats. It has tremendous complexity and a character full of charm and sophistication, making it ideal for use in signature cocktails. Rhum Barbancourt Three-Star is light, delicate and aged for four-years. The recently released Rhum Barbancourt Pango is a blend of pineapple, mango and Haitian spices.