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Bacardi Select

Category: Dark
Country: Puerto Rico
Aged: 2-4 years
Alcohol: 40% (80 proof)
Availability: Everywhere
Price: $12-$15 (750 mL)
Rating: Two stars

The Reviews:
Bacardi Select (previously known as Bacardi Black Label) is a blend of select aged rums that are charcoal filtered for smoothness before mellowing in oak barrels. Itís a dark amber in color and is medium-full bodied. They claim a very complex palate containing notes of caramel, toffee, honey, and even leather. The finish is supposed to be buttery and long with an oaky taste. That sounds pretty promising for a rum that will only cost you $17 for 750ml, and ultimately it fails to deliver.

I had high hopes for Bacardi Select, as there were were some moderately positive reviews online and the bottle looked tempting on the shelves (especially for the discounted price of $9.99).

The rum itself is an attractive dark amber, but when opened the rum presents an overpowering aroma of sour fruit and varnish with hints of caramel, molasses and bitters - Far from the distiller's decription.

Sipping this neat is a terrible mistake, reminisent notes of white pepper, sweat, and wood with the harsh, dry finish of cheap white rum.

A second taste reveals an extremely faint bittersweet cane. Salty aftertaste. It may have some age, but it lacks maturity. Dropping ice cubes and a splash of water helps, though not much as it simply tones it down to an average young rum taste.

However, this rum is not a total disaster... cutting it with coke (the full stuff, not diet) helps to compensate for the missing sweetness and round out the rum a bit.  The Rum/Coke combo brings the fruit and oak to the forefront. It's also alright with a ginger ale and a squeeze of lemon.

Adding it as a boat drink floater might be the best way to enjoy this rum as its bitter flavors and dryness make a relatively decent contrast to super-sweet mixes. However Bacardi 8 and Bacardi 1873 Solera both blow Bacardi Select out of the water.

I think Bacardi Select is aiming to be Myers's Dark but it clearly comes up very short. Even finding it for $10 might not be worth it...

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