We’ve previously reviewed Rhum Barbancourt’s 3 Star and 5 Star expressions, and now we’re concluding the trilogy with a try at their Estate Reserve, the eldest of the Hatian distiller’s aged rums. In essence, it’s a continuation of the 3 Star and 5 Star, which are aged for four and eight years in Limousin oak, respectively. Only in the case of Estate Reserve, the aged rum that would otherwise go into the bottle as 5 Star naps another seven years in ex-bourbon barrels.
It pours a rich, deep amber, and its nose really accentuates the sweet, bubblegum-like quality of French Limousin. Tropical fruits are present, as are rich, syrupy notes that couldn’t help but remind me of ice cream, particularly butter pecan and rum raisin.
Its temperature is at once slick and chewy, and it begins with rich, nutty notes of butter pecan that roll into raisins in syrup at the center. From there, the rum lightens slightly with tropical fruits and astringent apricot, which brings it to a gentle finish composed of lightly spiced French oak and a creamy note that’s not unlike rum raisin ice cream. Its finish is temperate but satisfying with long threads of citrus and cinnamon.
Rhum Barbancourt’s Estate Reserve is a satisfying sipping rum with a rich, fulfilling body and just enough spice to create interest in the conclusion while keeping it in easy-drinking territory. While distinct on its own, I also found Estate Reserve to be versatile enough for prepping thoroughly enjoyable Daiquiris.
— 43% ABV