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A very good 8 year rum from Bacardi!! Smoky and oaky taste, a touch of pleasant burn at first. Not so sweet (a bit of added sugar..) had it neat and on one rock paired with a dark chocolate and salty truflle. Truth is I enjoyed every sip and will do it again. I strongly suggest this rum to begginers to aged rums.
I tend to think of Bacardi as being both overly distinctive and overly average. It’s fine, but overpowers any cocktail. Anyway. Reservations put to one side, this does taste a lot more complex than that - as you’d hope from 8 years in the barrel... but it’s still pretty average. It’s fine to sip neat (which is what I generally do), but it’s no more than that. It’s a touch unrefined and a little paint-stripper-y. Not so much as to be unpleasant, but not in the top tier for sure.
I get this one as a gift 👍 and we had nice couple eveings together... not the best one but in that $ range stil ok.
When I first started reviewing for this site, I tried their Gran Reserva 8 Year from the Bahamas. I rated that one as a 3, probably due to it's plastic cork. That one has been long gone and I thought that I maybe had not given their 8 Year rum a fair shake. So I bought this one yesterday at $6 US less than what I paid for their Bahamian version almost three years ago. This rum is from Puerto Rico and has a real cork. This one is also bone dry. I had the Bahamian version classified as sweet with 20 gpl of added sugar. Where on earth I had gotten that from is beyond me. Bacardi likes to keep us all confused.
At any rate, I am glad that I gave this one a try. Having liked their Gran Reserva Diez 10 Year also inspired me to try this one. Well, this one is almost as good as their 10 Year and being at about half the price. I am not good at all with tasting notes, but it is slightly smoky and definitely has no added sugar. The oak taste is almost absent. This is another good dry rum worth buying again and with a bargain price to boot. It appears that Bacardi is trying to overcome their very bad image through this rum and I would say that they are getting their way with it. It is not up to the quality of their Facundo Eximo and Exquisita, but this one is certainly a turn around.
For a Bacardi this one is ok. I truly am not a Bacardi lover at all!! I always say that Bacardi is better in advertising than in taste! But in my opinion, this one and the Bacardi 10 years are not so so bad as the rest of their chemical rubbish!
The standard for cheaper midrange runs. Sweet enough with a little spice. Just a good all around sipper with a rock.
Tastes like rubber and nail polish. I had it in Poland because I couldnt find a decent bottle of rum and have heard it spoken of highly in professional circles. Over there it performed pretty well in drinks, but sipping it neat next to Appleton (which I don't even particularly like) it tasted like chewing on a garden hose on a hot summer day. By god is it bad. But honestly I don't know what I was expecting from Bacardi, makers of some of the worst rum on the planet.
It’s light, slightly floral. It’s quite a fresh nose with a lot of vanilla and light milk chocolate.
"There is a honeyed sweetness with this rum which does become a little cloying at times. That combines with a slightly bitter finish which becomes a touch over oaked."
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