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Tasty, but not quite great
This is a fairly middle of the ground rum. Nothing about it is overly offensive, but nothing stands out either.
As a mixer, it’s very good. I don’t find it overly sweet, and the hint of rum is a nice addition.
I gave bacardi last chance to imprese me with the good rum. Disapointing again. Typicall for bacardi taste - caramel sweetness and alchohol aftertaste . Nose - "grassy"-like with the alchohol background. Nothing more. Where does it spent his 8 years?
I tasted all the main lineup of Bacardi rums, and i must say that Bacardi cannot make a taste, good rum, only cheap mass product for getting drunk. For me Bacardi dead as a rum producer.
I haven't had Bacardi in about 25 years...maybe this needs to age another 25 years. Thought I would try this one, but disappointed. Opened the bottle to the smell of alcohol and a similar after-taste. As a mixer it's passable after two drinks. I won't dump it out, but thought about it.
I tend to think of Bacardi as being both overly distinctive and overly average. It’s fine, but overpowers any cocktail. Anyway. Reservations put to one side, this does taste a lot more complex than that - as you’d hope from 8 years in the barrel... but it’s still pretty average. It’s fine to sip neat (which is what I generally do), but it’s no more than that. It’s a touch unrefined and a little paint-stripper-y. Not so much as to be unpleasant, but not in the top tier for sure.
When I first started reviewing for this site, I tried their Gran Reserva 8 Year from the Bahamas. I rated that one as a 3, probably due to it's plastic cork. That one has been long gone and I thought that I maybe had not given their 8 Year rum a fair shake. So I bought this one yesterday at $6 US less than what I paid for their Bahamian version almost three years ago. This rum is from Puerto Rico and has a real cork. This one is also bone dry. I had the Bahamian version classified as sweet with 20 gpl of added sugar. Where on earth I had gotten that from is beyond me. Bacardi likes to keep us all confused.
At any rate, I am glad that I gave this one a try. Having liked their Gran Reserva Diez 10 Year also inspired me to try this one. Well, this one is almost as good as their 10 Year and being at about half the price. I am not good at all with tasting notes, but it is slightly smoky and definitely has no added sugar. The oak taste is almost absent. This is another good dry rum worth buying again and with a bargain price to boot. It appears that Bacardi is trying to overcome their very bad image through this rum and I would say that they are getting their way with it. It is not up to the quality of their Facundo Eximo and Exquisita, but this one is certainly a turn around.
It’s light, slightly floral. It’s quite a fresh nose with a lot of vanilla and light milk chocolate.
"There is a honeyed sweetness with this rum which does become a little cloying at times. That combines with a slightly bitter finish which becomes a touch over oaked."
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