Rhum Negrita Bardinet
Posted 10 June 2002 - 12:00 AM
Now, I'm considering to buy a bit larger bottle of this rum to sample it some more, but I'd like to hear a couple of opinions about it before I do that. According to some sources, this is a 'kitchen rum', but others say that it's 'quite wonderful'. Has anyone here tried this and what do you think of it?
Posted 28 June 2002 - 02:43 AM
Negrita has been rated by Tastings.com and they rank it at 94 points, only a point below Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva Rum and two points below Cruzan Single Barrel Estate Rum... It's also 5 points above Kaniche Guadeloupe...
On the other hand, AllAboutBooze says that it's a kitchen rum...
Posted 28 July 2002 - 03:50 PM
Ministry of Rum.com
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When I dream up a better job, I'll take it.
Posted 28 July 2002 - 10:17 PM
The smell was rather empty (there is not much one can say about it) and the taste... Well, even though it was still smooth (this time I tried it in lieu with ice cream) and rather mellow without being too sweet, it did lack in character. Still, not bad for a kitchen rum...
Makes one wonder about the tasters at Tastings.com, doesn't it?
Posted 02 February 2005 - 01:29 PM
Posted 01 March 2012 - 03:01 AM
I bought a bottle of the white and thought it was drinkable. Bought a bottle of the dark and thought it wasn't. Wouldn't go out of my way to drink either straight.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:30 AM
We have reviewed Rhum Negrita Bardinet (link), and it garnered a surprisingly good rating. That it was also available at a measly $17 was even better.
Here's a few notes on it...
The aroma is classic cane juice - caney, reedy and earthy. Actually beyond earthy, with a sort of petrolatum, leather, cork and cachaca aromas. I found a nice spicy background of ginger, cinnamon and clover - all together like a spiced baked apple pie, and with a hint of orange zest.
The palate was equally interesting and opened like a cognac, very different, with hints of berries and dark fruit, so unusual. I found anise and licorice. Rhum Negrita has a Jamaican feel with a Barbadian twist, including cherry, and deep raisin and prune, dried dark fruits (think mincemeat), and a touch of molasses, pecan, coffee, cacao and mocha. So nice, and unexpectedly complex.
As far as development, Rhum Negrita opened with a honey sweetness, transitioning into spicy heat and leather, and finishing with a dry white pepper. Think of a Werther hard candy, as the caramel dissolves in your mouth...
Hope that helps...
Posted 07 April 2012 - 12:21 AM
I have been torn about reviewing this bottle. It was surprising to me; I wasn't enamored of it, and I wondered for a while if I just wasn't looking at it properly. It's certainly unlike other rums I have tried. I keep trying to give it a fair taste test, trying to challenge myself to expand my palate.
First off, the aroma of the barrels is very strong. I poured some in a glass and had to walk away for a few minutes to answer the phone, and the oakiness was noticeable from several feet away from the glass. YAt first taste, you get a big burst of barrel flavor up front, but a weak finish. There is, as others have noted, no sweetness at all and no real body to it. There is also a lack of caramel tones. It's got a lot more in common with some whiskeys than most rums. But, those whiskeys would be lower-end ones, not the prized ones we savor. Overall, I found this rum to be fairly hot, with a big nose but very much lacking in substance.
I have been trying to make a drink out of it that is uniformly delicious, and I just can't. It's just not for me. I'm even suspicious of using it in the kitchen, the odor is very strong, I suspect that a tiny bit goes a long way.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 08:23 AM
Cane juice rums are an acquired taste - I'd recommend you buy a bottle of Barbancourt Three Star and start by making a few ti punch or caiparinha type drinks.