Distillerie de Port-au-Prince is the newest rum distillery in the Caribbean, having opened in 2018 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The project began as a collaboration between the BarbancourtLinge family (the descendants of the famed Labbé Barbancourt) and La Maison & Velier (a joint venture between France's La Maison du Whisky and Italy's Velier). The fruit of this partnership is a new brand of rum, Providence. Herbert Barbancourt-Linge Jr is the master distiller and distillery manager of Distillerie de Port-au-Prince. He and his family are rediscovering the methods and techniques of his forefather who cofounded and operated Barbancourt Distillery with his brother Dupré until their separation in the mid 1800s. Providence Rums are crafted with respect for the land, the agriculture and the people.
Providence Dunder & Syrup represents the second bottling of the Distillerie de Port-au-Prince. The particularity of this rum lies in its elaboration, based on traditional methods: it is produced from syrup and Cristalline cane juice. The sugar cane comes from Michel Sajous, in Saint-Michel de l'Attalaye, 150 kilometers north of the capital. Fermentation is carried out using selected yeasts and dunder from previous distillations, allowing for the development of a particular aromatic complexity. The must obtained after fermentation is distilled in two stages in a copper still, heated in a water bath, designed by the boilermaker Müller. The resulting eau-de-vie leaves the still at 73% ABV before being gradually reduced to 56% ABV.
Profile: Opulent and authentic.
Nose: Heady and flattering. Guava, honey, burnt cane.
Palate: Creamy and warm. Red fruits, thyme, smoked meat.
Finish: Soft and long. Almond, vegetal and tertiary notes.