General

Barbancourt is a well-known rum produced and bottled by Société du Rhum Barbancourt in Haiti. The company is one of Haiti's oldest, and its rum is the country's most famous export, widely regarded as among the finest rums in the world.

Barbancourt is made directly from sugar cane juice rather than the sugar cane by-product molasses. This is similar to the Rhum agricole of Martinique, which is strictly controlled by law. Fermenting fresh sugar cane juice provides a more flavorful product. Cachaça, from Brazil, is another alcoholic beverage made from fresh sugar cane juice.

Barbancourt's products are highly regarded and have won many tastings and competitions, and have won excellent reviews from rum connoisseurs. Available in the United States, its Estate Réserve is aged for 15 years. Within the Caribbean region, the original Réserve du Domaine is also aged 15 years, and each bottle previously had a unique serial number—however the labels have changed recently and this is no longer the case. Other popular products include the 5 Star Réserve Spéciale aged for eight years, the 3 Star rhum aged four years and a clear, white rhum, all made from fresh sugar cane juice.

Barbancourt's rums are marketed in 20 countries, namely the Caribbean, the United States, France, and Italy. Barbancourt is among Haiti's best known companies internationally.

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Petion-VillePétion-Ville is a wealthier part of Haiti, in which many multiracial Haitians live. Avenues like Laboule and Morne Calvaire are known for their palatial mansions. There is an extreme, almost feudal divide between rich and poor in Haiti. The gated and privately guarded neighborhoods resemble a Haitian version of Beverly Hills or Caracas, but with Read more

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