GSN Review: BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho Rye Cask Finish

BACARDÍ rum recently launched BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho Rye Cask Finish – the second installment in the BACARDÍ limited-edition cask finish series.  The new aged rum offering rolled out nationwide in late August as part of the brand’s five-year collection – after last year’s inaugural and sell-out release of BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho Sherry Cask Finish. An exclusive Cask Finish Series variant will debut every August through 2025, each year featuring a unique flavor profile from its intricate barrel aging and finishing processes.

To complement the brand’s flagship Premium rum, BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, this year’s variation is aged in American oak barrels for eight to 12 years and finished in rye casks during the final two months. Each limited-edition bottle of BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho Rye Cask Finish features a unique marque number and the year of production, as well as a higher proof of 90, or 45% ABV, which differs from the base spirit at 80 proof.

As a family-owned brand, BACARDÍ has been creating premium rums for centuries in collaboration with its deeply knowledgeable Maestros de Ron (Master Blenders). At the helm is Maestro de Ron, Astrophel “Troy” Arquiza, who assumed the prestigious role as global master blender in November 2021 following a more than two-decade tenure honing his craft as a rum blender with family-owned Bacardi. In keeping with the brand’s commitment to heritage and innovation, Arquiza chose BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho as the base in the Reserva Cask Finish series to exemplify its roots as the original premium rum, dating back to the Bacardi family private reserve in 1862.

GSN’s Remarks: A spicy rum, but not a spiced rum. Intriguing. The effect of the rye casks add a vibrant tastiness to the affair. Notes of rye, caramel, toasted vanilla, young tobacco, and baking spice permeate throughout. There is a medium heavy body here which makes it great for the base of a tiki cocktail or dark rum based libation. The finish is fairly long, leaving a tingling memory on the palate. A gem of a rum that we would glady buy year round. GSN Rating: A-

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