I couldn’t review Bacardi’s 8 without looking at Havana’s 7.
Cuban rum products aren’t readily available in America – ever since the 1959 revolution.
Bacardí assets were nationalized & they set up business abroad while Pernod Ricard latterly took a stake in Cuba & released Havana Club.
Despite no longer producing in the country Bacardí claim Cuban heritage & there is a long running dispute between the 2 companies over labelling & trademark.
Cuban rum meanwhile has a set of rules – one of which is only rums produced there can display the ‘Republica De Garantia’ logo – as shown on Havana 7.
Golden brown in the Tuath Glass exhibiting thick legs.
Sweet dark caramels, toffee & hints of woody oak on the nose.
Easy enveloping mouthfeel develops a tingling spiciness which grows towards the finish.
Gentler, sweet dark fruitiness fades away softly.
A characterful rum.
Havana Club 7 is readily available in Ireland.
Cuban Rum Embargo – https://globalcompliancenews.com/us-government-further-tightens-cuban-sanctions-targeting-cuban-travel-hotels-cigars-and-rum-05102020/
Havana Rum Wars – https://www.thedrum.com/news/2018/01/08/the-rum-war-rages-bacardi-insists-its-havana-club-forever-cuban-despite-criticism
Cuban Rum Rules – https://www.cubaron.com/en/our-company/dop-cuba-menu-en/505-la-denominacion-de-origen-cuba-para-el-ron
Bacardí Ocho is one of those rums whiskey drinkers can easily appreciate.
A dark sweetness of butterscotch & toffee on the nose.
Soft & smooth palate replete with heavy fruits & a touch of nuttiness.
Growing woody spiciness from 8 years in oak barrels add some flair to the long finish.
An easy going sipper of a rum found widely in stores around Ireland.
I do love miniatures.
It’s a handy way of trying out spirits – in this case Bacardi’s entry level white rum – Carta Blanca.
Now although it appears clear & transparent – this rum is aged for 1 to 3 years in bourbon barrels – the resulting colour has been extensively filtered out – often using charcoal.
This potentially strips out some flavours too – so what did I find?
Well the nose was very soft & muted. A slight spirity element with a little fruity funk.
This followed into the palate – which had a rich mouthfeel – before it began to open up on the finish.
A pleasant prickly tingling, a touch of fruitiness, a touch of vanilla & a little spice.
Very easy drinking – nothing offensive or off here.
I can see why it’s the perfect blank canvas for cocktails.