896 8-Year rum

896 8-Year

Barbados | Aged

28 ratings
Tasty, but not quite great

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Posted almost 3 years ago by Mo McGurk πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 215 ratings

Nice oak flavor when sipped, but afterburn a little strong. Oakieness took off when mixed

Posted 6 years ago by Beukeboom πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 304 ratings

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.

Posted 6 years ago by Chet πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 191 ratings

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.

Posted 6 years ago by Robert πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 86 ratings

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

Posted 2 months ago by JAHinojos πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 21 ratings

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.

Posted 8 months ago by Djgross144 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 55 ratings

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.

Posted 9 months ago by Roadking1997 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 20 ratings

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

Posted over 1 year ago by AntonioPatriarca πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 7 ratings

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

Posted almost 2 years ago by Kevin Guske πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 6 ratings

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

Posted almost 2 years ago by Paul B πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 426 ratings

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.

Posted 11 months ago by Djmillard (TASTING CLUB) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 24 ratings

Was tempted into this by the sleek labeling and the on-sale price tag of a mere $18 (if memory serves).

Mild, bordering on unexciting, but quite smooth. Moderately sweet as well. Gentle and caramely on the nose with only a slight alcohol nip. Maybe just a touch of vanilla, but flavors are really quite muted.

I do think this is quite a nice mixer, and have enjoyed a couple of great rum'n'cokes with it already. For sipping it's a bit uninteresting but fine for a quick dip now and then, as it's hardly unpleasant.

Brand Details

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