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Old 11-08-2009, 11:16 AM   #4
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I finally got around to sampling some of this rare rum, that has created such an interesting family story for the descendants of the Linge family.
I have another rum mule going to Haiti this week with a large bill from my wallet, so I look forward to seeing what comes back next week.
The rum has some similar traits as it's family namesake Barbancourt. There is no age statement on the bottle, but rather a lot of alcohol on the nose suggesting that it has not had too many years of contact with oak. Barbancourt uses large vats to age their rums, so oak contact is minimal, maybe this method is used by Berling. The rum tastes and smells similar to an agricole rhum, so it would suggest cane juice was fermented here. It has been mentioned earlier that Berling rums could be a blend of cane juice and molasses rums. That could be the case with this bottling too. I sampled the rum straight, but I think it would better drank with a mixer. I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of agricole rhums, so my opinion could be a little biased. Many people would like the cognac aromas and texture of the rum and I think for me the next time I sample it I will add some ginger ale and ice.
I will try and find out more information about this rum, such as age, origin, pot or column still, etc. as it would be interesting to find out it's true origins.
PS I have some more photos of the Linge family and their castle in Haiti on my website, on the Haitian Rums page.
The Rumelier
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