Puerto Rico

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

ABV
40%
Aging
8 years
Recipe
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$).


Review: Bacardi Superior White Rum by Jason Hambrey

ABV
40%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
From molasses
Distiller Bacardi (Catano, Puerto Rico)

This is one of the biggest, most well known white rums from the rum giant Bacardi. The company used to be based in Cuba, but it moved on to Puerto Rico after Castro moved to nationalize all property in Cuba. Now, in North America, it is distilled in Puerto Rico or elsewhere depending on where it is exported.

White rum is typically aged (though not necessarily in casks, sometimes in steel tanks) for around a year and then filtered through charcoal. Bacardi superior, however, is still aged in oak casks.


Review (2014)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2013

Nose: At base level, I find the nose from rums quite enjoyable. It smells both sweet and sour, with light molasses and milk chocolate coming off quite clearly. I don't love some of sourness, but it is reasonably light and easy going. The berry notes come on a bit on the nose as well, and a bit medicinal with light vanilla.

Taste: Sour molasses with some sharp berry notes that I noted as well in the 8 year old version coming through quite clearly. Slightly sweet, with some tangy sourness and light brown sugar as well with a touch of a burn towards the finish

Finish: Slightly sour with barely any flavour other than a light rum molasses note. there is a slight flourish of spices - mainly clove - as well on the finish which don't do it so badly. Slightly salty and mineral-y. Not really that great...

Value: it’s cheap, but there are better rums out there for this price. I don’t particularly favour this one.