Rum lovers will have very little to complain about when settling in at the bar at the La Sirene Restaurant inside the Marriott Port-au-Prince. The selection here covers local faves like 3- and 5-star Rhum Barbancourt, as well as several brands from elsewhere in the Caribbean; Barbados, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica among them. Noticeably absent to me, though, is the very top of top shelf rums in Haiti – Rhum Barbancourt Cuvée 150 Ans.
Cuvée 150 debuted in December 2012 to mark the 150th anniversary of Rhum Barbancourt. Only 6,000 bottles were produced, each individually numbered, each fetching a hefty price approaching US$500.
Barbancourt Cuvée 150 is exceptionally smooth and well-balanced, with a surprising (to me) extra bit of sweetness. The finish bears a subtle warmth that’s brief, but pleasing nonetheless.
In short, it’s superb – as rich in flavor and sophistication as the designer Art Deco crystal carafe, complete with sand-blasted lettering, in which it comes so beautifully packaged.
At last check, you can pick up a bottle at the Rhum Barbancourt Distillery and a select few upscale shops in the Port-au-Prince/Petion-Ville area.
Will it ever grace the tippy-top shelf at La Sirene? Here's hoping the answer is yes for my next visit to Haiti later this year...