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Trying two not expensive and not too old drinks side by side: Bacardi 10 vs Porteno 8.
Firstly B10. Strange etanol on the nose. Seems does not evaporate in a while. Pretty smooth on the palate, but again the same hint of the alcohol bites and ruins the taste. The aftertaste is the best part of this exercise.
Then there was P8. Light and semi sweet. Again, nothing special in the taste, but it is simply more attractive and fine.
So Bacardi 5.6 - Porteno 6.5
A mild rum from Bacardi (spanish style), the smell is very good, the taste is balanced.
It's filtered through charcoal. I still can perceive some heavy aromas in it, but there are maybe just 20-30% of this heavy rum in the blend.
Still very good for the price of 30€. A work of art, created by three master blenders.
It's much lighter that Bacardi 8, I think it's a little bit too light. I would prefer more intense aromas.
Smell: caramel, some wood, some bacardi molasses (salt/coffee), fruits (candied apple, pineaple, banana), sweet and pleasant
First Taste: caramel, nice and subtle sweetness, some fruits (slightly orange)
Middle taste: burned suggar, oak
Finish: barrel and earth, spice, vanilla, liquorice
Aftertaste: some peppermint and liquorice (it's very subtle)
Maestros de Ron: Joe Gomez, Troy Arquiza and Manny Oliver
Very good taste, smooth and not too sweet, god value room for sipping, definitely a step up from the 8 years old, worth to pay the premium.
it is first bacardi rum that was tasty for me, much better then 8 yo, but still bacardi is worst rum label ever. However this one will be good for most ppl. Taste is smooth, alcohol isn't present in aroma even in taste. At palette you can feel oak, some chocolate and vanilla, classic sugar cane, a bit of coconut, banana, red fruit. BUT finish is really quick, all taste you can feel only when you drinking, after that taste are disappearing. For me it was a last chance to bacardi.
Not the best sipping rum for sure but is a bit cheaper and is often worth the price. Fairly smooth and definitely a solid step up from the 8 year.
Still a touch sweet, but more well-rounded, bringing some apricot to join the vanilla. The white oak influence is apparent. With a little time and attention I get a bit of banana, but not the pear the bottle notes.
I bought this hoping to get something similar or better thank the 8 years Bacardi, but this one was a disappointment. Strong alcohol taste at the beginning, ruins it for me. I rather have the 8 years for less money.
A blend with the minimum age of 10 years sounded pretty good when I picked up this bottle. I tried it neat at room temperature. It has a pleasant sweet smell and a really nice golden color. I find it starts off really smooth and then grows to have a little bite as I start to swallow. The soft and tingling aftertaste is quite nice and seems to linger for quite a while. No heat or warming as it goes down. With the smooth sweet taste still present after several minutes, I feel I can keep sipping this or use it to make a great cocktail.
To be fair to Bacardi, I have never had any of their higher tier rums. Not allot of offerings at Ontario's provincial controlled outlets. I tried the 8 year old and it had a nice oaky flavor, but was still rather harsh compared to say Havana Club 7 or Flor de Cana 7.
To my surprise the 10 was rougher than the 8, the difference being a strong pronounced alcohol taste. Perhaps I purchased a bad bottle ?
Purchased Bacardi Reserva 10 yr ($44 CAD). I a. Not a fan of Bacardi product but thought I would try this one based on the “10 yr” old statement. This rum is rather surprisingly smooth but also on the sweet side (which I don’t like) hence the lower score.
I have to say this is a pretty decent rum for bacardi standards! Tastes great pure, just can't think of what it tastes like. I never had this before and it still feels like i had it before..
A pretty sweet rum with some more depth of flavour compared to the bacardi anos 8. Still a bit harsh on the throat to sip straight so as usual i mixed with cola.
The Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez 10 is lighter and less complex than Bacardi 8. It has a strong nose and an immediate alcohol burn but is then smooth enough to enjoy on rocks or with a little water. Also goes great with cola but so do many other less expensive rums.
Most of you know me as the ultimate hater of Bacardi Rums. Well, since I recently took a bargain risk on their Maestro de Ron white rum and rated it as a 6, I researched reviews for this one on here and found none rated below a 6. So I picked up my bottle of this 10 year old today for $33.
I let it breathe in the snifter for ten minutes. The initial aroma was quite pleasant with no acetone. The bottle states that it has notes of stone fruits, bananas, and pears with a finish of caramelized vanilla and oak. I whole heartedly agree with the oak finish, but I had to look up what in hell is a stone fruit. Those are any fruits with one large pit in the center, such as peaches, plums, and a few others. Heck, why didn't they just say mangoes? So, I agree with mango and banana, but not pear. The taste is smooth going all the way down with no burn.
All I can say after my first ounce is that there is no way in hell that the crap used to make their Superior, Gold, 151, and flavored rums is the same starting rum for this one. This 10 year is not what I would have expected from Bacardi and I am glad that I gave them another chance. At this price, it is also not bottom shelf crap. It is a neat sipper and I won't dare add any ice.
It appears to be a dry rum with little or no added sugar. Therefore, it should last quite a while in the opened bottle. If the taste deteriorates later, I will provide my usual update. Just like these rums, my reviews are also living and breathing to change with the flow. My first taste has it ranked in my top 22% of all rums that I have rated. There were just too many better rums that I have rated as an 8 or higher for this one to qualify for that rating. It is also the only one from Bacardi worth buying again.
This rum has a great start. Very smooth with a balance of flavors. Definitely better on the rocks. It has become my go to for relaxing by the fire.
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