896 8-Year rum

896 8-Year

Barbados | Aged

30 ratings
Tasty, but not quite great

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NutterSipper 🇺🇸 | 20 ratings
Posted over 5 years ago

Initially I thought this was a 6, but given that I keep going back I will give it a 7. Taste profile somewhat similar to K&S 12 or Pampero, not as thick, nor sweet as either one of those two. Notes of vanilla, leather and vintage trunk. You may want to say, that is an awful description, but in the back of the palate it tastes very nice.

Beukeboom 🇺🇸 | 304 ratings
Posted 6 years ago

I admit right up front that I am a fan of Barbados rums.

This rum has a nice rich amber hue that borders on mahogany. It has a very nice aroma. Swirling it in my snifter reveals long, slender legs. A subtle aroma with hints of sweetness.

The flavor is surprisingly mild. Smooth enough for sipping but rather plain. Some initial sweetness at the outset and some oak undertones but mild. It's the best word I can come up with: mild. Not much of a burn for an 80 proof rum. It does have some butteriness to it and noticeable vanilla undertones. Could be sugared a bit. I am not sure. Doesn't seem to be much, if any.

This rum is kind of an enigma...sort of tasty but something is lacking. Can't quite put my finger on it. I may have to revisit this review sometime down the road.

Chet 🇺🇸 | 192 ratings
Posted over 6 years ago

For an 8 year old rum I would expect more. Decent with a splash of coke or in a cocktail but "NEAT" it is not.

Robert 🇺🇸 | 88 ratings
Posted over 6 years ago

Not much flavor. Good with cola but not much else.

JAHinojos 🇺🇸 | 21 ratings
Posted 3 months ago

I originally bought this to be a gold mixing rum as I was getting low. The reviews were pretty good, so I bought the rum. Did a taste testing with my other mixing golds, and this is far superior to them. I also did a taste testing to my sipping rums. While it was not a smooth, it was one I could do an evening supping over ice.

Djgross144 🇺🇸 | 56 ratings
Posted 9 months ago

Total Wine and Spirits had this rum available for $21.99. Advertised with a 93 rating from the Beverage Testing Institute and 4.5 stars from customers. As a fan of Barbados rums I thought I'd give 896 a try. It's very good for the price, but as others have said here it's more of a mixer than a sipper. Expected a little more complexity for an 8 year rum.

Roadking1997 🇺🇸 | 20 ratings
Posted 11 months ago

Good rum, much better than the 5 year. Especially good flavor for the price.

AntonioPatriarca 🇺🇸 | 7 ratings
Posted almost 2 years ago

I purchased this to be a mixer and it does quite a nice job. I would not consider it a sipper.

Kevin Guske 🇺🇸 | 6 ratings
Posted almost 2 years ago

Too strong for 8-year aging, but 896 has a nice flavor once you can feel your tongue again.

Paul B 🇺🇸 | 448 ratings
Posted 2 years ago

After having just tried Old Brigand Black Label, also from Barbados, this one falls several rankings below. It still rates as a 7, but is in a crowded field in my rankings with Don Q Anejo and Flor de Cana 5 Year Anejo. It is a mixer, but can marginally pass as a sipper. Nothing offensive, but nothing memorable either. I don't regret buying this one, but probably not again, with too much competition and others being much more readily available. It also has no added sugar.

Update 02 SEP 2020: This rum has finally passed up my former cheap favorite of Old Brigand, which has also really sunk down in my ratings. This one is still a very good budget rum. It has now risen about Doorly's XO as my favorite Bajan rum that is still readily available. This is one of the very few rums that have improved in my likings over the years.

Brentb1225 🇺🇸 | 1 rating
Posted 3 days ago

Very flavorful rum. Great room for Price definitely keep two bottles at the bar.

Brand Details

Name: 8-Year
Company: 896
Type: Aged
Distillation: Unknown
Aged: 8