To kick off National Rum Day, BACARDÍ® rum today announced it is expanding its Premium portfolio range with the launch of a limited-edition BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho Sherry Cask Finish. This new rare rum offering marks the start of a five-year collection, which will see BACARDÍ unveil a new cask finish offering annually through 2025, with the cask finish changing each year based on the type of barrel used for the additional aging.
Each of the Premium rums from the BACARDÍ Reserva Cask Finish series will begin with a base of BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, aged under the Caribbean sun, and then finished for several additional months in a unique barrel that will change year to year. The finishing process differs from the aging process by increasing the complexity of the spirit – in this case, adding subtle notes of chocolate and almond, which are not typically found in BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho.
This year’s inaugural release has been aged in American oak barrels for eight to 12 years and finished in an Oloroso sherry cask for just over two months. These additional few months in the sherry cask allow the blend to take on a sweet, smooth velvety texture with notes of caramel, vanilla, and orange, along with hints of walnuts and almonds. The result is a deep mahogany flavor that gives off the aroma of dried fruits, raisins, walnuts, and almonds. This luxurious libation is best enjoyed neat in a room temperature tasting glass to bring out the full flavors of the finish.