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Launched in 2011, Bacardi Oakheart is the newest addition to the extensive Bacardi collection.
This spiced rum is aged for 1 to 2 years, filtered using a proprietary process, and then flavored with various spices including maple, nutmeg, cinnamon and honey.
Bacardi Oakheart took over two years to name and more than 2700 names were considered. The winner, Oakheart, is a reference to the charred American white oak barrels that house the rum while it ages.
This is a nicely balanced spiced rum. It is not too sweet, mixes prefectly with Coke or can even be drank neat. It has a nice hint of smokiness and a slight vanilla twist.
So this new spiced contestant for me is smack bang in the middle of the park. A good few are much better (Elements 8, Chairmans etc), but it certainly, for me beats the usual suspects sitting in most bars (Morgans, New Sailor Jerry etc) You get the usual from a spiced with honey and vanilla leading the way with cinnamon, pepper and maple hinting in the background.
Not a bad spiced rum, quite unique in its overpowering oaky and smokiness with very little burn. Neat it is reminisent of a bourbon such as jack daniels. This rum mixes well with cola and fruit juice, however the oaky aftertones do shine through and somewhat overpower the cola. This rum will not be for everyone however, it tastes like less of a spiced rum and more of a oak aged rum.
For the price it is not a bad spirit, and the mottled glass on the bottle makes it stand out from other bottles at the same price. I give this a 6 out of 10 because it is quite a versitile drink, but unless you are a big fan of the smoky oakyness after a few drinks you may find the taste somewhat bland. For the price its a great mixer but not a fantastic sipper.
Seems to be all over the place at the moment and it's a worthy contender against the usual Spiced Rum suspects like Morgan's Spiced as and Sailor Jerry's. Strong flavour, good with cola.
I was disappointed at the same time it was what I expected. A weak poorly flavored imitation of a good spiced rum
Considering this rum falls under the Bacardi umbrella, it's surprisingly tasty and authentic. Not too much spice either, which means you can drink more than one glass without it being sickly sweet!
"Bacardi Oakheart rum review by The Ultimate Rum Shack"
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