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Old 05-12-2007, 10:25 PM   #1
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Default Ron del Barrilito 5 Star?

In the USA, all I can get is 2 & 3 Star versions. When I was in Puerto Rico a few years back, a bartender told me that there was Barrilito 5 Star available, but they did not sell it in the USA. He also went on to say that the Family that produces the Rum are Nationalists, and vowed not to sell it until P.R. became and independant country again. Not sure about the latter, but I thought I had R.B. 5 star when I was there.

Did I have too many Mojito's, or do/did they have a 5 star? I've looked all over the internet, but cannot find anything to corroborate this story. Maybe a special Reserva they had a limited release of???

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Old 05-13-2007, 09:54 AM   #2
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The Fernandez family tells me they have never made a five star rum though they have heard rumors of the elusive five star. At Fernandez there is a barrel of rum which was filled when the aging warehouse was built and according to the family when Puerto Rico becomes independent the contents of that barrel will be given to the free people of Puerto Rico.
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Old 01-18-2008, 05:34 PM   #3
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My esteemed Mr. Hamilton:

Thank you for creating a forum for rum lovers. My father and mother were friends with Peter Seralles when I was a child and during my college summer days I would work at their distillery rolling wooden casks to the main vat.

Now, regarding the infamous 5 star RB. I remember drinking this ghostly spirit back in the early 70s as it was the preferred elixir among my domino group. Either someone was counterfeiting the rum by slapping a 5 star label on the neck or it was real. Keep in mind that I paid a premium price for this bottle, $4.00 each. I do admit that I haven't seen a 5 star bottle since 1980.

Just thought I'd let you know.

P.S. They also manufactured Alcolado Superior 70 which was similar to rubbing alcohol with some essences for aroma. They used to rub with this anyone who came down with a fever. I don't know if they still do, I don't live in the island since 1980.
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Old 01-19-2008, 03:15 PM   #4
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I've had a couple of conversations with Edmundo Fernández about other rums they may have bottled. While it is possible that they may have bottled something other than their 2 and 3 star at one time or another since 1880, Edmundo assured me that they never made a 5 star rum.

In Puerto Rico today, the 2 star is the preferred rum for drinking around the domino table, but the 3 star is the more popular gift during the holidays.
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Old 01-19-2008, 04:23 PM   #5
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I will make sure I am in Bayamon at the center of town the day Puerto Rico becomes independant. First flight out!!
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Old 04-30-2010, 06:55 PM   #6
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Default Ron del Barrilito 5 Star?

I was in Bayamon about 2 yrs. ago and visited Ron del Barrilito. Very impressive place and they still do things the old fashioned way (by hand).

We were talking to the great nephew while he gave us a tour of the place and at the present time they only make the 2 and 3 star rum. He was talking about coming out with a older aged rum then the 3 star and making it exclusive. Not sure if they ever came out with this product but if they do I would love to get myself a bottle or two. Ron del Barrilito is available in the states but not all stores carry it. The 3 star rum is a great sipping rum and should be drank like a fine cognac or whiskey.
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:26 PM   #7
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Default The 5 star

Hey guys!
Brand new here thanks for allowing me in!

But about the 5 star,

I have a friend who lives in florida, he is a native Peurto Rican! All he drinks is the Ron Del Barrilito. He has given me several bottles of the 3 star. But the tells me he knows of the five star. He knows someone who is part of the family. So the story is, as he tells me, the owner makes a five star however if you arent him or his wife, chances of you getting or even seeing the 5 star is impossible. You might as well try your chances with the lotto! And the four star is a little more known however he only makes it for him and his family.

I have never tried the five star but my friend (mentioned above) tells me you can not find a better rum! He tells me that if he is ever able to get his hands on some 4 or 5 star he will save me a shot but I can only imagine!

Thats all I know, if i ever try some ill post to let you know!
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Old 09-20-2015, 06:36 PM   #8
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On more than one occasion, I have asked the Fernandes family about the rumored Barrilito 5 Star and have been assured several times that there never has been any of their rum bottled with a 5 star label.

That isn't to say that the family doesn't enjoy something that isn't available to anyone else but I don't believe they have bottled such a rum. Will they in the future? Maybe, but it probably won't have 5 stars on the label, but I my crystal ball isn't as good as I wish it was.
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:54 PM   #9
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If there is a 5 start from this company this would be it:

A 29 year old rum. Sampled at the warehouse.

http://www.rumgallery.com/travel--li...z-maestro.html


Here are some other photos

http://www.rumgallery.com/travel--li...--puerto-rico/

This place has a massive cache of very old rums even a barrel called the freedom barrel that is also pictured. The Barrel is from 1942... so that's 73 years old!

I wonder what they do or have planned for all these old fine rums...
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Old 08-25-2016, 03:21 PM   #10
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Greetings,

As a just joined new member please take this repsonse in light hearted spirit.
Below--This is part of my introducing first post

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......I discovered this forum in search of the greatest rum love I remember. A rum my friend had returned with from Puerto Rico then on a film making mission when he worked as senior documentary producer for Turner Broadcasting in the mid 1980s.
And It was Ron Barrilito. The 3 Star first and foremost was uncorked and passed to a few who would savor and not quaf it.
Yes I know about the 3 star.

But then my friend unveiled another. He said I knew you'd fully connect to this ...but now you must try this.
Without me seeing the label he poured a double finger measure into a small brandy glass.
A darker cognac ressembling liguid greeting my senses, smoother than the 3 Star, even more complex, velvety finish .. a VSOP Napoleon Brandy of rums I had ever experienced.

He turned the label in view. It read Ron del Barrilito 5 Star -- 5 Stars graced the neck's separate label

I would like very much to elaborate on this. For you may take me to task. Was I dreaming? Had the 3 Star altered my rational consciousness?

I say no. No way. I eventually got to Puerto Rico in the 1990s from my Atlanta home. And I actually purchsed Ron del Barrilito 5 Star and brought back three 750ml bottles. However, I've never seen such again.

Truly I do defer to the moderator's background and close encounters with the Fernandez family. So I must query what I had experienced quite a long while ago. All I can say at this moment is that I'm quite prone to mythical allusions and elixers that bring forth moments bordering epiphanys.

Thus I shall redo my homework and speak directly with my friend who knows so well his beloved Puerto Rico (since the late 1960s) like few if any gringos ever have. He's traveled the backroads and his close in-law family ties have immersed him into the well kept secret locales and haunts.

Hopefully more on all alluded to here later. I'm fortunate that my search for the 5 Star has brought me to y'all.
Whether it exists now..... or ever matters less than maintaining the journey of taste and intrigue in the lands where rums in all their concoctions and forms thrive and will always evolve.

ciao and salud del corazon,
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