Now this is tricky, coz somehow I have enjoyed 12yo more, I now this is one is less sweet so should have been better, but 12yo with its sweet but complex taste is destroying competition of other sugar rums within its price range, and on the other side this 15yo is very good but it could have done better for this extra money that you have to spend, and I'm afraid that there are better alternatives.
Final verdict: I will choose 12yo over this one
I was enjoying every drop of this 12yo. It is one of my top sweetened rums. Highly recommend.
Final verdict: Maybe some day I will give it another shot
Not so tasty as it's brother Republica Exclusive, but still better white rum than other Czech rums. I prefer it for mixed drinks or just with cola, which adds missing taste. Or let's try to put in the vanilla and leave it for few weeks to get some colour and taste. :-)
Basically to me it is the smoothness, the spices, and the after taste that I enjoy so well. I can drink it as a stand alone, or with a Coke as well.
My problem with this rum is that I can't really get all that much rum flavor. there is just too much spice for my palate. It's easy to drink and smooth. Decent in a rum and coke. It is very sweet and has a big, huge really, vanilla profile.
A bit sticky and spicy for me but an easy drinker for most.
This is a review of Bacardi 8 from the Bahamas. A recent purchase at one of the local state liquor outlets. The other outlet in town has the Puerto Rico made 8 which I have not sampled.
Sweet alcohol in the nose. Smooth with good warmth. Light/medium body. Not hot. Hints of fruit, caramel and vanilla. Quite a surprise to me as I would not have expected a Bacardi to be this good at this price range. For the money I'd recommend it as a good every day sipper and as a rum to mix in drinks asking for a fuller flavored rum. I'll get another bottle to put in the cabinet before they exhaust their stock of the Bahamas made product.
Ratings are all over the board on this one. It really depends on your taste. Sweet cane nose. Very sweet flavor with hints of caramel and vanilla. Not terribly complex but not at all as bad as some of the ratings make it out to be. I think this is more of a middle of the road rum. Not world class but definitely not swill. Warming approaching hot. Slightly bitter finish but not unpleasent. A decent sipper if you really like it sweet and simple but it would be much better served with cocktails wanting a fuller bodied sweet rum.
Great rum, nice and smooth. Delicate fragrance, sweet sugar cane and lightly spicy. Smooth light flavor of molasses, warming and not at all hot. Bought solely as the rum for a traditional daiquiri and it blended wonderfully with the simple syrup, lime and bitters. An excellent rum for cocktails/tiki drinks and at under $20 a fantastic value.
The aroma and flavor in the classic daiquiri was so smooth and flavorful I decided to pour neat into a snifter and what a surprise! Who would think of a white rum at this price being great neat. Smooth and warming but no bite. Light body and soft delicate finish. Great over a cube of ice!
If nothing else buy this for a mojito, daiquiri or mai tai but give it a try on the rocks or neat for a change and enjoy the pure rum flavor!
I was a bit disappointed by the taste if this rum. The package and bottling are exquisite as you would expect from this $150 bottle, but alas, the easy is not quite on par (with me). I share this with people who find most rums to be too sweet and they love it! I find Zacapa XO to be the most balanced rum and in the middle of Flor de Cana on the left and Optimus 25 to the right, as it is the sweetest, most delicious of them all~
I get aromas of oak, varnish, hints of caramel sweetness and alcohol. Balanced a bit towards dry. Warming but not hot. Long astringent finish. Charcoal? Great body and long legs. What you would expect of a Navy rum and more. Not at all bad. Just a bit course. I'll sip it neat or over a cube or two. Purists may chastise me but a twist of lime would be a great addition. Perhaps a little over budget at $70 but I'd recommend!
Smooth as silk, warming. Sweet sugar molasses aroma. Sweet but not cloying to my palate. A joy to drink if you prefer sweeter styles. If Navy rums or drier rums are your thing then this is not. I love it. Lots of character. I wouldn't hesitate to give this neat to someone wanting to step into aged rums. Some aficionados will not like the sweet aspect of this rum but it is what it is and for all of that it's simply a joy to sip. Raise one for me!
There is no olfactory analysis, however detailed, that can remotely suggest the superb and sumptuous complexity of scents that invade and stun the nose ... there is all the Jama that we have learned to follow in balanced and careful ways in others rum, but now it is sublimated and triggered in just one breath right under our nose.
The palate is even more: the moment of amazement that stops the time between the first sip and the tongue is the dream of every true buccaneer and the insolent and direct arrogance of this Hampden is the unforgettable synthesis of the most sweet kisses, in the unexpected and violent slap of a woman who hates you but wants you with all her organic voluptuousness'.
These few lines of mine do not want to describe aromas, flavors or traces of taste, but only invite you to discover, in the den of over 500 esters and 68 degrees, the ferocity and beauty of an experience that literally takes your breath away.
I am sure that there are few rums better than this, but the best fuck I did not do with a model.
Sorry x my english ... Google translator
Non esiste analisi olfattiva, per quanto dettagliata, che possa lontanamente suggerire la superba e sontuosa complessita' di profumi che invadono e stordiscono il naso....c'e' tutta la Jama che abbiamo imparato a seguire in modi equilibrati ed attenti in altri rum, ma ora e' sublimata ed innescata in un solo respiro proprio sotto il nostro naso.
Il palato e' ancora di piu': l'istante di stupore che ferma il tempo tra il primo sorso e la lingua e' il sogno di ciascun vero bucaniere e la arroganza insolente e diretta di questo Hampden e' la sintesi indimenticabile del piu' dolce dei baci, nello schiaffo inatteso e violento di una donna che ti odia ma ti desidera con tutta la sua organica volutta'.
Queste mie poche righe non vogliono descrivere aromi sentori o tracce gustative, ma solo invitarvi a scoprire, nella tana di oltre 500 esteri e 68 gradi, la ferocia e la bellezza di una esperienza che toglie letteralmente il fiato.
Sono certo che esistano rum migliori di questo, pochi, ma la migliore scopata non l'ho fatta con una modella...
Enjoyed a bottle of Bundaberg Black 12y while vacationing in Melbourne. AUD 68 at the local liquor store is a very good price. Nice and old school bottle and label design. Golden color. Oak and vanilla to your nose and palate although there are some sweet notes in the background. Smooth ending with very little burn. Smooth Bundy indeed!
Visited the Brix Distillery in downtown Sydney. The place opened up just 7 months ago. Their own range of 4 rums plus another 100 available to try. Brix Gold bottle and label design look unique and pleasing to the eye. Light golden color. Golden Rum is made out of a blend of 5y and 8y Barbados rums. Plenty of oak and vanilla to your nose and palate when neat sipped. Dry but short ending. AUD 87 for a bottle.
Visited the Brix Distillery in downtown Sydney. The place opened up just 7 months ago. Their own range of 4 rums plus another 100 available to try. Brix Spiced bottle and label design look unique and pleasing to the eye. Light golden color. Spiced Rum is made out of 7 spices, but the clearest profile came from mango, macadamia and vanilla. Smooth ending with hardly any burn. AUD 87 for a bottle is a rather steep price for a spiced rum.
Visited the Brix Distillery in downtown Sydney. The place opened up just 7 months ago. Their own range of 4 rums plus another 100 available to try. Brix Cane was available only to try at the distillery, there is not yet a commercial bottle available to purchase. Very nice grass, floral bouquet and traditional Rhum Agricole flavors to the nose and palate. Smooth ending. Very well done for a first batch Rhum Agricole styled offering.
Visited the Brix Distillery in downtown Sydney. The place opened up just 7 months ago. Their own range of 4 rums plus another 100 available to try. Brix White bottle and label design look unique and pleasing to the eye. AUD 75 for a bottle is a rather steep price for a mixer rum.
Batch 003 seems to come in a fancy new long neck bottle with a wooden/synthetic cork.
Aroma is very sweet, cinnamon, orange vanilla and cloves. Taste is surprisingly smooth, but also slightly disappointingly light after those strong aromas.
The orange peel and clove spice overpower any other flavours that might be there.
Might be a good sipper for the Christmas season, depends on the final price though.
At the moment It's in some much stronger competition.