Folks who appreciate dark rum would be familiar with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, a golden-hued sipping rum barrel-aged for a minimum of eight years that populates many a cocktail bar in the region. Initially a personal reserve of the BACARDÍ family, it was released more than two decades ago in 1996, and now we’re finally seeing two more aged rums joining the Reserva Ocho in what’s known as the BACARDÍ Premium Portfolio – the Añejo Cuatro and the Gran Reserva Diez.
Using high quality molasses from Fiji and Mexico, purified water from Puerto Rico, and an isolated yeast strain patented since 1862, the process of producing minimum-aged statement spirits in the Premium Portfolio features techniques like column distillation and charcoal filtration. They are then aged undisturbed under the Caribbean sun in American oak casks for at least four years for the Añejo Cuatro and 10 years for the Gran Reserva Diez.
Inspired by BACARDI founder Don Facundo’s original Añejo recipe, the youngest in the collection is designed for elevated rum cocktails, boasting gentle notes of vanilla, toasted oak, clove & honey and smooth palate courtesy of the inclusion of five- and six-year aged rums.
Compared to the robustness and warmth of the Reserva Ocho (think apricot, nutmeg, and butterscotch), the Gran Reserve Diez is a brighter rum on the palate with notes of banana, pear, and stone fruits on a broad base of caramelised vanilla and oak. With an inviting deep golden hue, its complexity and smoothness – attributed to the accelerated rate of aging in a warm tropical climate, than say, the cool glens of Scotland – could get more whisky drinkers to consider drinking rum instead.
BACARDÍ premium rums are available in cocktail bars across Singapore and Habitat by Honestbee. BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro is retailing at S$78, BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho at S$110, and BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Diez at S$127. All rums at 40% ABV.
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