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Review: Barbancourt 8 Yr Old Haitian Rhum (84.5/100)
a review by Chp Dykstra (AkA Arctic Wolf)
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Rhum Barbancourt is distilled and produced by Societe du Rhum Barbancourt, in Port Au prince on the Isle of Haiti. As I write this review the country of Haiti is still reeling from the effects of the earthquake which struck the country on January 12, 2010. My thoughts and prayers are to the people of Haiti and I fervently hope that the current level of aid and help arriving at the island continues and the natural disaster does not turn into a cascading series of human failures. If you want to help Haiti please check this link for further information.
Now if you have been paying attention you will notice that I have called The spirit a rhum rather than a rum. That is because the Barbancourt 8 Yr Old Haitian Rhum is produced in the ‘french’ Caribbean tradition. French Rhum Agricoles are produced from sugar cane juice rather than from molasses. This is the very first rhum I have encountered and so I am very eager to get started.
The Haitian Rhum Barbancourt is presented in a tall brown flagon style bottle with a professional label and pressed on metal cap. The presentation is neither inspiring nor displeasing.
In the Glass 8.5/10
I was instantly surprised when I poured the rhum into my glencairn glass. The spirit is the colour of pale straw, slightly brown and slightly yellow. It looks more like an young whisky, than an aged rum. The nose, however, is very much like rum, with mild brown sugar aromas mixed with butterscotch. If I let the glass sit, I sense banana as well as a faint anise quality with maybe a hint of orange peel. All of this is very mild with even the oak aromas needing to be coaxed out into the open. I do seem to smell something very vaguely medicinal which may be part of that anise and orange peel I noted earlier.
When I swirled my glass I was happy to see nice long skinny legs forming on the sides of the glass.
In the Mouth 50/60
Upon my tongue the rum feels mildly soft and buttery. In fact I believe I can taste butter alongside the light brown sugar. For spices there is only light hints of cinnamon and oak tannin which begins to taste like anise and orange peel as I let it sit in my mouth. The spiciness is very mild. As I let the spirit rest in the glass and re tasted several times I decided that it was a quality of butterscotch which always seemed to rise above the other flavours to dominate the palate. Bananas and a very mild nutty flavour weave in and out as well.
I find the flavour very inviting, but I must admit that my temptation to mix the Barbancourt 8 Yr Old Haitian Rhum into a cocktail is very strong. The subtleties of the various flavours will mix very well.
In My Throat 13/15
It is in the throat that I started to notice the medicinal quality which perhaps I overlooked in the other areas of the review. The rhum is a little harsher in the finish than I was expecting based upon the mild flavours I encountered. It is a long finish which turns slightly dry. Again this dryness bodes very well for mixing cocktails.
The Afterburn 9/10
The Barbancourt 8 Yr Old Haitian Rhum is very mild and very delicious. Sipping he rhum neat is enjoyable, but when mixing, it becomes outstanding. The first rhum and coke I poured for myself knocked my senses for a loop it was so good. As well, I tried the spirit in various fruity cocktails and was never disappointed.
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