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Bacardi Island Breeze Wild Berry

Category: Infused
Country: Puerto Rico
Aged: Unknown, likely none
Alcohol: 18% (36 proof)
Availability: Everywhere
Price: $10-$15 (750 mL)
Rating: Two stars

The Review:
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 morning.

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