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I bought this in a 3 x 10cl tasting set together with the Reserva Ocho and the Gran Reserva Diez just to check out what Bacardi thinks a sipper is meant to be. It has been 35 years or more since I have had a Bacardi; mixed of course and more for the alcohol than for the taste. It is also at least three decades ago that I mixed drinks so let's see where these rums stand.
The nose is recognizable Bacardi (even after al those years); some sweetness and acidity (berries) and a prominent alcoholic scent. Pretty one dimensional and good nor bad.
On the palate this is very "clean"; most flavours are distilled out so this is just one or two steps away from a vodka. Thin, watery and a tad harsh despite the added sugar. Sour berries, a sharpish alcohol, a bit of vanilla and if you want it really bad you find some leathery notes as well. Finish is super short and here the vanilla becomes a bit more dominant.
Sippable but not a sipper and as a mixer I doubt it offers anything above the cheapest Bacardi offerings. I cannot believe this will convince Bacardi-Coke drinkers to leave their cola out nor will it convince seasoned rum drinkers to return to this for a second time.
Not bad, just very, very boring.
I had no high expectations and therefore no surprises took place, it is rum that still has to mature for a few years to become excellent.
Tasted this one in a business lounge in Madrid.
It's a ok, definitly a bacardi. I can recognized it from the molasses in the taste.
You should give this rum some time to breath.
It has some spirit (vodka) taste, it should be aged longer.
I would give it more points if it were more intensive and older.
Smell: molasses, some alcohol, oak/old barrel, caramel, vanilla
Taste: light sweetness (caramel), vanilla, warmy taste, oak barrel, some molasses and brown sugar, alcohol taste, spice, warm burn on the thong
Finish: vanilla, spice, brown sugar
This rum is not painful; it is adequate for use in tiki beverages. I don't actually recommend it.
Laka Lono 8/28/19 tasting
Sampled at the Laka Lono Rum Club tasting on 7/18/18. Hot and unbalanced with a bad, bad burn. Otherwise, this is pedestrian and not aged to my liking. Not sure why Bacardi bothers with this other than to be a "higher" price point ingredient for some tiki bars to use for mixing.
Re-tasted on 9/28/19. Pours light amber. Faint persimmons and acetone. Some nuttiness. Finishes with a mild astringent burn. I'll increase my score from 4 to 5.
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