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Bacardi 1873 Ron Solera is a golden rum aged up to three years in charred oak barrels. As the name suggests, the Solera system is used to produce this rum, which mixes new batches of rum with older batches each year.
"1873" represents the year of the Virginius Affair, the name of a captured American ship that resulted in a remarkable international diplomacy for peace between the US and Spain during the Ten Years' War.
I got this one on sale today for only $15, which was hard to pass up. The dark colored glass on the bottle hides the orange rum inside. The aroma is of oak and fruit, with no legs in the snifter. It probably has little or no added sugar. The taste is smooth, but that after taste has quite a burn because the oldest rum in this solera ageing is only three years old. For those of you familiar with my other reviews, you very seldom hear me complain about an after burn. This after burn is quite pronounced, but I could get used to it. I would therefore consider this one as a good mixer. Adding an ice cube opens up the flavors, but does not kill the burn. An update will be posted as this rum ages in the bottle, and I would expect the same results down the line.
Update April 9, 2019: The burn is now gone with only 9 ounces left in the bottle. However, the heavy oak flavors now dominate and even come through with a half and half mixture of cola. If you like strong oak flavors, then you will love this one. If not, then stay away from this one. My rating remains the same.
Mid-grade sipper, probably a good mixer.
Would buying it more for the nice looking bottle than for the rum.
This tastes a lot cheaper than the Ocho, has a very cheap solera touch to it that takes away from it being a developed rum. Mixer only.
This stuff wakes you up before you even taste it. A bit strong smelling and slight medicine smell and taste, with a lot of charred barrel flavour but not too oaky. The bottle looks great and the graphics would suggest more of a top shelf flavour than it really presents. Not really a sipper, I would mix this one with Coke.
This rum is very strong. Wouldnt sip it, just mix it.
Actually not bad..dry..not to strong..light charred flavor. .its a very good mixer with coke..Its the second bacardi product I like..also like oakheart
Good enough for mixing when you are on a tight budget.
Nicer smooth rum
My only reference at the moment is Bacardi Ocho. In comparisson, Solera is much stronger, and definitely not for sipping. But when mixed (particularly for Cubas), it has an almost sweet flavor. I did not feel the oak at all, to be honest, but it's good nevertheless. I always have a bottle in stock for when I feel like having a strong drink.
To be honest, I'd take an Ocho over Solera, anytime.
Maybe I just don’t like Bacardi rums. I find they all taste bland and have a bad aftertaste that reminds me of diet coke. I have tried the most premium Bacardi labels for $200 that don’t even compare to a decent $50 of Zafara 21 or even Zaya at that
As a stand alone sipper it would be not bad. I would probably use mix the next time I try it though. I purchased it because a local (in Mexico) said it was a favourite of his and he genuinely seemed pretty excited about it. I'm glad I tried it.
I purchased this 1873 bottle while visiting the Bacardi plant in 1996. It was listed as a dry rum so it sat unopened for 18 years until recently. It did have a pale golden color when I purchased it. It is a pleasant rum, a bit dry and clean finish. Not my cup of tea, but at least it doesn't suck.
C'est pour mixer avec du coke. De couvert au Mexique et pas cher. C est un rhum un peu fort (38%), sent le caramel et goûte un peu le chêne, mais je le compare au bacardi blanc. Boff
Es un ron fuerte en olor y sabor a alcohol, mezclado con coca colar es la única forma de tomarlo
Not much to say about this rum. The aroma is alcohol astringency and the flavor is unremarkable with a strong burn. To be used as a mixer. Has a bit of unpleasant funkiness to it and leaves a bitter aftertaste in my mouth. Helps to drown it in Coke Zero.
Very good mixer
Was at a hotel bar and this was the only "premium" rum available. Neat, it had notes of oak and charring. Alcohol was wafting from the glass. The palette had more oak, molasses and a bit of vanilla. Burning and spreading the warmth of that oakyness down the throat. With a cube, it didn't open much. A tad more vanilla.
Not a great rum, but for a Bacardi product it's drinkable. Next time, mixing it.
Sugar: 3- 5 gpl.
This was the "Premium" rum at the All Inclusive I stayed at in Mexico. It's not a top shelf rum by any means, but it's a decent mixing rum. Not offensive as they have far worse tasting stuff on offer to those that want Mojitos or are volume drinkers. Normal aromas and tastes of Oak, Vanilla, and caramel. Nothing outstanding and whatever taste there is fades quickly. It's not robust enough to have over ice. Mixing rum only is my call on this one.
Found it had too much fire for me. Using it as a mixer.
Un rhum boisé et assez fort en sec que j'ai pu découvrir au Mexique. Plutot adapté aux cocktails ou a diluer a mon avis.
Tried the Bacardi Solera 1873 at La Bodeguita del Medio in Guadalajara. Semi dark color, quite strong to the nose, a lot of oakiness both on the nose and taste. Bacardi Solera goes for whisky lovers, but its a far cry from flavorful aged dark rums. Mix it with Coke and it shows a glimmer of hope. Very strong alcohol taste if neat sipped.
not a big fan of this one. Bland and fiery
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