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Bacardi 8-Year is a blended rum, filtered using the Bacardi-pioneered charcoal filtering system and aged for eight years.
This rum was not released to the public until 1995, when the first limited edition Bacardi 8 was sold with a sherry oak finish in a Baccarat crystal decanter. Despite a price tag of $400 per bottle, the rum was hugely popular and led to the larger release of the blend without the collectors' features and price.
Tasty, but not quite great
The rum is smooth with decent creamy sweetness (it is not sweet) followed by light smoke and oak characteristic. I would say it is something you should definitely taste, even it is not something amazing or special, it is just “different” Bacardi, and the word different is very important, because this is the proof that even large distilleries can make great sipping rums.
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Sometimes you can find great deals on 1l bottle... Excellent for summer coctail parties. Tastes like a real rum (compared to heaper bacardis) ... but not as good as diplomatico, el dorado ....
This is not a great rum and not a bad rum. It's a good rum. It's smooth and has a strong caramel taste. It's much nicer than pretty much all the Bacardi offerings except for the rare and expensive super aged stuff. Two things that are unique about this rum but not in a good way. One, it is one dimensional, this is strange because of its age, you expect more complexity. Two, it's watery, a bizarre term for a rum but certainly one you will understand if you compare it to a similarly aged rum like El Dorado 8 or a much better Mount Gay XO. Those two I just mentioned is where I would go instead but should you find yourself with a bottle of this, don't despair. It's a good rum.
I believe this is the best Bacardi rum I have tried. not really a good sipping rum but I would always keep one in my bar. excellent for cocktail mixing. pineapple and Bacardi rum = excellent!
I like my rum to have some sweet to it. If i wanted scotch i would drink scotch. Rum, to me, should be sweet, but not overly sweet. 8 Anos has no sweetness. It may be good mixed with a Mexican coke but that's not my MO. I like to sip rum - maybe I'll buy some coke and try it.
Tried the Bacardi 8 year old rum at the Bacardi distillery in San Juan last year and it's just ok with a strong burn at the end and the traditional mish-mash flavor profile.
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