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Bacardi 2003 Gran Reserva Especial 16-Year rum

Bacardi 2003 Gran Reserva Especial 16-Year

United States | Aged | 40% ABV

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14 Bacardi 2003 Gran Reserva Especial 16-Year Ratings

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Adam Arbus 🇨🇦 | 21 ratings
Posted over 4 years ago

There’s a lot to like in this Bacardi rum although I thought I would like it more. Although better than the Reserva Limitada the flavours are too mild for my liking. Some nice flavours are there - definitely vanilla, honey and stone fruits as suggested, but nothing overly complex. A lighter colour and you can taste the oak but not overpowering. Worth the buy ($100).

Wojtu90 🇬🇧 | 29 ratings
Posted 3 months ago

Bacardi is known to almost everyone who has ever seen an alcohol shelf behind a bar tab. Its line of simple mixer rums fills drinks worldwide. All the more pleasant is their high end aged product. Have been sipping my bottle for a while. Great gold colour. Salty notes of smokuly caramel, toffee and honey but with a nice sharp edge, which is sometimes missing for example from an equivalent Zacapa which can be quite sweet. Thoroughly recommend to aged rum aficionados.

Bryan Gehrett 🇺🇸 | 37 ratings
Posted 8 months ago

Although the price points are similar, this doesn’t have the buttery mouthfeel and notes of Reserva Limitada. That being said, it’s still a little bit on the dry side, as is common for Puerto Rican rums.

Earl Elliott 🇨🇦 | 236 ratings
Posted over 1 year ago

Sugar: Estimated at 10 GPL. This rum is okay but not as good as their Facundo series. Pleasant enough with the usual vanilla, oak, caramel, and spices. It's bottled at 45% and that extra bite makes it more of a mixer or ice required for me. Depending on where you shop, if it's priced the same as any of the Bacardi Facundo rums, I would buy the Facundo instead of this one.

Pacorro 🇪🇸 | 107 ratings
Posted almost 2 years ago

En nariz lo aroma a madera de haya curada son espectaculares y se nota alcohol, la entrada en boca es suave y se paladean los frutos secos , caramelo algo de vainilla.....el paso por garganta está muy bien sin durezas, es increíble que el alcohol en nariz no se manifieste en boca, los sabores perduran, me parece muy interesante darle un 8 me parece poco pero son cosas del baremo, un nueve creo que es demasiado.....el precio de un litro fueron 38€ creo recordar, por lo que me parece justo, es un buen ron, no se si repetiré, hay tantos rones buenos........nunca lo mezclaría, a lo mejor unos hielos.......

locorican68 (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 30 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

It's great to see Bacardi getting into the higher (let's say semi-Premium) rum, instead of the standard white rum. I tried, and liked, the Bacardi Limitada (black bottle), and I feel this one is a little better. A little dry and oaky. Keep pushing Bacardi

Juanlaginia 🇺🇸 | 101 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Nice rum to sip or be enjoyed on the rocks… this will also upgrade your cocktails!

Beautiful color, very smooth and smoke vanilla notes.

Chris 🇳🇱 | 75 ratings
Posted over 3 years ago

I like the first notes of the taste but the flavour that lasts isn't that special, had expected better!

Paul B 🇺🇸 | 474 ratings
Posted over 3 years ago

I lucked out and got the last 1 liter bottle of this rum today for $90 US. I consider it to be a bargain. The usual tasting notes are on the gift box that it comes in. It states "caramelized vanilla and oak harmonized with stone fruits". Yes these flavors are in harmony, but I hate the term stone fruits. Why don't they just say mango? The aroma is also in harmony with the flavors and I rate it as a high 7, but not quite worthy of an 8. It is just not as good as their Eximo and Exquisto rums from Facundo. It is also less woody than their Limitada, which I have it ranked lower.

Update May 16, 2022: I got my hands on a liter of their 2004 Limited Edition 16 Year Rum today. It is bottled at 45% ABV instead of 40% ABV. Awesome rum and a bargain!

Angel 🇺🇸 | 11 ratings
Posted over 3 years ago

Smooth to the taste but it comes back and hit you after a few seconds.

Brand Details

Type: Aged
Company: Bacardi
Country: United States
ABV: 40%
Name: 2003 Gran Reserva Especial 16-Year
Years Aged: 16
Yr Distilled: 2003
Raw Material: Unknown
Process: Unknown
Distillation: Unknown
Women Led: No


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