Country: Puerto Rico
Aged: 2-4 years
Alcohol: 40% (80 proof)
Price: $12-$15 (750 mL)
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
Sipping this neat is a terrible mistake, reminisent notes of white pepper,
sweat, and wood with the harsh, dry finish of cheap white rum.
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...