Review: Bacardi Gran Reserva 8 Year Old Rum / by Jason Hambrey

8 years
From molasses
Distiller Bacardi (Catano, Puerto Rico)

This is the top of the line for the Bacardi branded rums - an 8 year old entry level sipping rum, aged in oak barrels and perhaps finished in sherry.

Review (2014)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2013

Nose: Dark with some more woody notes and even cheese aromas as of brie. Dried fruits, vanilla, berries, dried plums, intriguing...

Taste: Much sweeter and fuller bodied than the Superior version, with the same characteristic berry notes. Not as sour or harsh. There is, as well, oak on the nose which isn't present in the white version. I still don't love it, however. There's a bit of tangy-ness on the finish.

Finish: A bit of butterscotch on the finish along with the clove spice which I didn't notice with the superior version. Not long lasting or complex; perhaps I've been spoiled by my whiskies. There is some vanilla on the finish, but it's not that significant. Fairly dry, and perhaps very lightly woody.

Though it is interesting, and perhaps well put together, the flavour profile overall has just been difficult to get excited by.

Value: Well, not expensive, but there are some better rums in the lower price brackets still (or it’s worth paying an extra 5$).