you know that Bacardi makes over twenty different
flavored rums? Well, they most assuredly do, and they go the
distance with some of the coolest names for their rums I have
ever heard: Arctic Grape, Pineapple Fusion, Torched Cherry,
Wolf Berry, Rock Coconut, Dragon Berry, Razz, and Oakheart.
Since this article is about their Oakheart, let's see what
this rum is all about.
to Bacardi, they use a secret blend of spices after they have
aged it for an unspecified amount of time in heavily charred
oak barrels. Well, that's fairly vague, but you may have noticed
that many distillers are removing age statements from their
spirits and quite a few others are keeping their secret ingredients
their secret. There are only two things I can say for certain
before tasting this rum: it is available in 750ML bottles
for around $14.99, and technically, it is not a rum because
its ABV is below 37.5% at 35% making it a spiced rum, spirit
drink. Seeing as how all that was rather confusing, let's
end the uncertainty and taste this bad boy.
color of this spirit is a dark amber, like that of a deeply
brewed tea. Well, well, the nose is sugar and spice and all
things nice! Actually, it's more butterscotch and caramel
with vanilla in the background. There's just the slightest
hint of oak and no ethanol fumes whatsoever. On the palate,
the liquid is thick and oily and has a very nice mouth feel.
I pick up more of the oak on the palate, accompanied by that
vanilla, nutmeg, butterscotch, and even a hint of fruitiness.
My immediate thought is that this would really mix well in
some eggnog! It is also quite smooth, with just a tiny bit
of spicy burn to make things interesting. The finish is oaky,
a little smoky, with a touch of crème brule and cinnamon,
and the flavors last a short, warm amount of time.
for jollies, I tried it with some coke and it played very
nicely and mixed well, but it kept reminding me of eggnog.
Either way, straight up or in a mixed drink it carries its
flavors nicely without being overpowering and adding just
the right touch of sweetness and spice to make your drink
pretty darn interesting.
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