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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.


Rhum Barbancourt Estate Recipes

French Colonial Pina Colada
House specialty glass, chilled
Pour into an iced blender canister
1 1/2 oz. Rhum Barbancourt 5–Star
3/4 oz. VS Cognac
3/4 oz. Creme de Cassis
3/4 oz. half & half
1 oz. coconut cream syrup
1 1/2 oz. orange juice
2 oz. pineapple juice
Blend thoroughly
Pineapple wedge garnish
Midnight Express (2)
Cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
1 3/4 oz. Rhum Barbancourt 5–Star
3/4 oz. Cointreau
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1 1/2 oz. lemon sour mix
Shake and strain
Lime wedge garnish
Rhum Banana Daiquiri
Cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
2 oz. Rhum Barbancourt 5–Star
3/4 oz. Chambord
3/4 oz. Creme de Banana
2 oz. fresh lime sour mix
Shake and strain
Lime wedge and orange slice garnish