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The first time I tried it I said “not bad”. Second time I don’t remember. This time nothing moved me. It hit it with ginger beer and a piece of an orange popsicle and it wasn’t bad.
I'm generally not a huge fan of Bacardi rums, which you'll know if you look at the bottom of my shelf. But I really do like their Gran Reserva Limitada, so I thought I'd try something in the middle. Purchased for only $29.99 at Total Wines & More. This rum really impressed me!
It's smooth for a 40%abv rum, and went down easy. It's a little on the sweet side, but I'm ok with that.
Smells and tastes of molasses, vanilla, oak, and light spice. Simple, but very good.
I usually rate rums about a point below their consensus rating, so me giving this an 8 is a very good complement, especially at this price!
Edit: I finally just tried the Bacardi 8 and agree with two other reviewers that the 8 is slightly better, as it has even less alcohol burn.
Paid $39.99 at a PA store. I have been staying away from the Bacardi rums (with the exception of Facundo Paraiso) but when I saw this new 10 yr old rum, I was intrigued. The bottle states a minimum of 10 yr blends which is a good start. A little light on the first sip, but fairly smooth and complex. A slight lingering burn but not overpowering. Quite nice.
Still on qurantine, still alive.
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
For an aged Bacardi it's not terrible, just not what I was looking for in an aged rum. Slight alcohol nose at the start, sweet flavor and minimal burn, and lingering sweetness with some oak at the end. Try it and see what you think.
I'm surprised this bottle doesn't have a higher score. First sip I kinda held my nose thinking it was gonna be comparable to the bacardi 8 year. This rum is insanely smooth. Really good taste and right after you swallow it it;s gone like it was a sip of water. I can see people not liking this rum for that reason, it doesnt leave a nice big sticky flavorful aftertaste in your mouth, but I wouldnt hold it against it.
Unlike others here, I am a Bacardi fan. Bacardi 8 is what got me started on aged rums. The Gran Reserva Diez is less complex than the 8 year old rum but has much more alcohol burn. It’s smooth enough but not enough to be a sipper. I very good mixer but for the price there are far better values. While Bacardi 8 is a solid rum and the Reserva Limitada is as good a rum as you’ll ever find, this falls short. Save the money and buy the Bacardi 8.
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..
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