The Bacardi family name is synonymous with rum worldwide. Originally, Bacardi rums were made in Cuba, but once the Cuban revolution occurred, the Bacardi family relocated their distillery to Puerto Rico, where it operates to this day. Bacardi makes a wide range of rums, suitable for both mixing and drinking on their own. Overall, the Bacardi house style can be described as light and dry, with an emphasis on smoothness and mixability.
The most well-known of Bacardi rums is Bacardi Superior (also known as Bacardi White Label or Bacardi Silver). Made for mixing, Bacardi Superior delivers a clean, crisp, and slightly vanilla note to cocktails. Whether mixing up a Bacardi Cocktail (Bacardi Superior, lime juice, and grenadine) or a Rum and Coke, Bacardi Superior is the rum to choose—famed author Ernest Hemingway preferred Bacardi Superior when drinking his daiquiris. Aged in oak barrels for one to two years and then filtered to achieve maximum clarity, Bacardi Superior is a great choice for your liquor cabinet because of its versatility and quality.
One of the newest additions to the Bacardi lineup is Bacardi Oakheart. “A tribute to the legendary and modern day adventurer,” this spiced rum takes the classic Bacardi rum and ages it in charred oak barrels for a hint of smokiness, before adding spices to produce a spiced rum with a kick. More complex and flavorful than Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum, Bacardi Oakheart also comes in at a very reasonable $13 suggested retail price (prices can vary widely based on state taxes and other factors). Bacardi Oakheart shines when mixed with cola, and the hint of smoke creates an interesting base around which to mix other cocktails. Try a daiquiri with Bacardi Oakheart for an interesting variation on a classic drink.
Bacardi Solera will appeal to drinkers looking for a light, easy drinking sipping rum. Designed specifically as a sipping rum, Bacardi Solera also mixes well in spite of that fact. Bacardi Solera is aged for three years in charred oak barrels, and then blended to achieve maximum smoothness. The result is a light, dry sipping rum with flavors of vanilla, caramel, and almond.
Bacardi also makes a number of other rums, including flavored rums like Torched Cherry and Limon. With its broad range of rums and focus on smoothness and mixability, Bacardi offers something for just about everyone. Taste your way through the Bacardi lineup and see which one you enjoy the most.
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product from Bacardi for review. No other compensation from Bacardi was received.