Tasting Notes: Ron del Barrilito Rums


The rums of Ron del Barrilito are distinctive in the world of Puerto Rican rums.  The small family owned business of Edmundo B. Fernandez has been producing these unique spirits for over 100 years. Their rum comes in two forms. The Two Star and the Three Star.  For a bit more background please see my account of a tour of the facility here on my blog under the category of Distillery Tours.

Two Star and Three Star

Two Star and Three Star

A color comparison of the Two Star and the Three Star

First up is the Two Star.

A beautiful medium yellow gold color leads into light but very distinctive aromas of nuts, molasses and wood with a light peppery alcohol bite.

The aromas carry well onto the tongue with a medium body and a nice warm, dryish finish.

When placed up against others in it’s class this gold rum stands out for it’s unique and relatively complex aromas and flavors. It stands up very well as a mixer and the great grandson of the founder likes it on the rocks with a twist of lemon zest for a long session of dominoes! Who am I to argue?

The back label states aged for a minimum of three years.

Bottled at 86 proof.

88 Points.

Below is pictured one very popular way to enjoy Ron del Barrilito Two Star in Puerto Rico. Fresh coconut water, a few ice cubes, a few ounces of rum and a twist of lemon zest make for a special Island drink.

Coco Barrilito

Coco Barrilito

Let’s look at the Three Star now.

The deep old gold color looks wonderful in the glass.

This really is the bigger, older brother to the Ron del Barrilito Two Star. The aromas are much more pronounced and complex. Nuts and molasses are intertwined with fresh mushroom and black truffle notes. The charred barrels leave a nice mark with a smokey tinge. There is something almost organic to the aroma also. Like the smell of wet earth after a fresh rain. Wonderful!

As promised by the aromas the flavors really pop on the tongue. The medium full body has a touch of sweetness to it but the 86 proof balances it out and gives a really good grip on the palate. The finish is warm, long and sustained with a touch of rancio lingering.

Overall a splendid effort in the Anejo style of rum. Those who like Whiskey/Whisky or Armagnac may take a liking to this spirit, and those who appreciate unique high quality rum will want to have a bottle of this in their collection.

The back label states a blend of rums aged six to ten years.

Bottled at 86 Proof.

93 Points.

One can enjoy this rum neat or with an ice cube or a splash of water. It also does well in a cocktail such as a Rum Old fashioned. As a diversion I like to make a simple cocktail of it with fresh passion fruit juice, an  equal part of rum, a dash of orange bitters, a few ice cubes and a twist of lime zest.

A benefit to living in the Caribbean. Fresh Passion Fruit ready for juicing.

Barrilito's Passion

There are any number of good reasons to live in Puerto Rico. I count Ron del Barrilito’s rums as two good reasons!

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  1. WHAT A FANTASTIC POSTING! The tasting notes were great, and I am so jealous of the fresh passion fruit cocktail you are able to make. Great notes as usual.

    You have really captured a piece of paradise and brought it to all of us. Thanks.

    • Chip. Many thanks. Glad you enjoyed the post. The Barrilito rums are a joy. Come on down here and we will squeeze Passion Fruit and open Coconuts until you can’t wait to go to the beaches!

  2. Man this article hit the spot. Its gloomy and rainy in the old stompin grounds and this puts a smile on my face. Barrilito might be the best reason for PR, but a lack of daylight savings is another. Cheers!

    • James, that makes 3 good reasons to live in Puerto Rico! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


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