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L.A. Times Barbancourt cover story today
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Joined: Aug 11, 2008
Posts: 358
From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2010-02-09 11:00 am   Permalink

Today the L.A. Times print edition ran a front page story about Rhum Barbancourt, it's importance to Haiti (it's the number one export, and a staple of daily life) and how it weathered the earthquake:


It says they lost about 1/3 of their vatted rum, putting them a bit behind in production, about 1/5th of their worked are homeless (with a couple fatalities) but they didn't lose a single bottle in their Port-au-Prince warehouse.

With the tragedy that happened, it seems difficult (and callous) to think in terms of rum. However, based on it's importance to Haiti's economy, I think we all could help stimulate things (in addition to Red Cross donations of course) by buying a few bottles of Five Star--now or when production is back up and running (not sure if there is a shortage at this point--though I do still have a bottle I bought just weeks before the quake).

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Joined: Jul 07, 2005
Posts: 2276
From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2010-02-09 11:14 am   Permalink

Bevmo carries Rhum Barbancourt Five Star, so ya can't complain you won't be able to get it where ya live!

edited for spelling

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Joined: Dec 08, 2004
Posts: 322
From: Arcadia Ca.
Posted: 2010-02-09 6:09 pm   Permalink

Try this link

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Joined: Mar 03, 2003
Posts: 875
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2010-02-19 6:16 pm   Permalink

Did my good deed for the day and bought some. My 2nd good deed will be to test it out at Nacho's bar tonight!

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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 1438
From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2010-02-20 02:22 am   Permalink

very interesting. And one of the comments is right:

There's a slight misstatement in this article. "Unlike white rum" should say "unlike most rum." Not all white rum is made with molasses, and not all molasses-based rum is white.
Most French islands make rhum using pressed cane juice as opposed to molasses, and Martinique even has the only AOC outside of France for their Rhum Agricole.

He's right. Except that Martinique is part of France. He should say, outside of Metropolitan France.

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