Tasting Notes for Providence 3 Year Old Haitian Rum
Nose: Rich and concentrated. Very syrupy, with notes of geranium, lime blossom, and flambéed banana.
Taste: Lively and spicy. Fresh, exotic (roasted pineapple), spicy, and with vegetal sugarcane juice.
Finish: Long and silky. Rose petals, Turkish delight, pastries, wood, tobacco, and roasted notes.
This expression from Haiti’s Distillerie de Port-au-Prince has been aged for three years in ex-Caroni rum casks. The distillery was founded by Herbert Barbancourt-Linge, a descendant of the famous Barbancourt rum family, and specialises in making pot still rums. Province 2019 offers aromas of powdered sugar, freshly cut grass and flambeed bananas, followed by notes of grilled pineapple, fresh cane sugar, tobacco and cooking spices throughout the vibrant palate.
Distillerie de Port-au-Prince is one of Haiti’s newest distilleries (and also one of its last sadly) which opened in 2018. The distillery is a collaboration between La Maison & Velier (a joint venture between France’s La Maison du Whisky and Italy’s Velier), and the Barbancourt-Linge family—direct descendants of Labbé Barbancourt, who with his brother Dupré established Haiti’s legendary Barbancourt rum distillery in 1862. (The brothers went in separate directions in 1870, and Dupré’s descendants still run the Barbancourt distillery today.)
The first run at the new distillery took place in early 2019, overseen by master distiller Herbert Barbancourt-Linge Jr. Made using organically grown Cristalline sugarcane, the rum is produced by separately fermenting fresh sugarcane juice and sugarcane syrup, then distilling them separately on a pot still, before blending the spirits and distilling them together a second time. This “First Drops” debut was produced in November 2019 and bottled at 57 percent ABV (114 proof).
Producer Distillerie de Port-au-Prince Style Pure Single Rum Age Aged 3 years in ex-Caroni rum casks Volume 70CL ABV 52%