Bacardi Island Breeze Wild Berry
Country: Puerto Rico
Aged: Unknown, likely none
Alcohol: 18% (36 proof)
Price: $10-$15 (750 mL)
Let's be honest... One doesn't buy this "lite spirit"
looking for premium taste.
The specific purpose of Bacardi Island Breeze Wild Berry is to provide
as much of an infused Rum flavor as possible with the fewest
number of calories. Unlike other flavored liquors, Island
Breeze has no added sugar and is sweetened with sucralose. A
standard shot of 1.5 ounces, or 4.4 centiliters, of Island
Breeze has 48 calories, half as many as a shot of normal rum and
70 percent fewer than some flavored drinks like Absolut Vanilla
and Smirnoff Cranberry Twist.
The aroma and taste
is completely artificial - like berry bubblegum (even more so
than Bacardi Razz, which I assume is what Bacardi is providing
this as an alternative to) - and the body is thin. Mixed into
weak drinks, it serves its general use purpose, though I'd throw in some
other rum to balance the flavor and up the alcohol content. Then
again, that would probably defeat the purpose of a 1/2-the-calories rum...
Actually, I'm not convinced this really is "rum", which is
ultimately why I have to give Bacardi Island Breeze Wild Berry
such a low rating. It is not that it is bad
tasting, per se, it's just too artificial and too little like
rum to merit many points.
If you want to drink a rum drink, I recommend just
sticking to something better tasting and just running a few
extra laps in the