When I say ‘Bacardi rum‘, what image comes to mind?
If you are like I was until very recently, you pictured a bottle of clear liquid with the words Bacardi emblazoned across it.
Is that what you visualized?
What?! Yes. Let me tell you a bit more.
Discovering Bacardi Black
On the evening in question, I was in the mood for some Myers’s.
Upon ordering, the waiter duly informed me that they didn’t have any in stock.
After all, that is what I was in the mood for.
Much to my surprise there existed a Bacardi dark rum called Bacardi Black!
My curiosity won over, and I decided to give Bacardi Black a try.
I won’t lie: I didn’t think it was anything to write home about.
Perhaps, I have a bias towards Myer’s Rum.
I still haven’t made up my mind on Bacardi Black yet.
Nonetheless, I was happy to find out about this new drink.
Discovering Bacardi Gold
A few weeks later, I found myself sitting at the bar at Martini’s Lounge, on Ngong Road. I had already had a few drinks that evening so was taking it slow in the drinks department.
As my friends (and I) chatted away, I had time to take stock of Martini’s extensive bar. I liked what I saw!
I hadn’t seen that well-stocked a bar in ages!
There were bottles of all shapes and sizes.
For some, I couldn’t even identify what type of alcohol they contained.
This Bacardi rum, Bacardi Gold, was of a light gold color.
The manager at Martini’s was gracious enough to let me taste a shot of it.
Honestly though, there’s little I could tell about Bacardi Gold‘s flavor from drinking it neat.
Was Someone Trafficking Rum Using the Bacardi Name?
In hindsight, I first thought this must be illegal rum, falsely using the Bacardi name.
I felt there was no way that all these different types of Bacardi could exist without me having a clue until then.
Off to the Internet I went to do some research.
First stop: The official Bacardi website.
I found out: not only were all these Bacardi products genuine, but Bacardi also had a slew of other products beyond the three I’ve mentioned so far.
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Bacardi Rum: The Basics
- Bacardi Carta Blanca, the white Bacardi Rum that we all know, is “classic Bacardi rum, the soul of the Bacardi brand—youthful, high-quality, sociable, sensual and passionate…[it] is the main bearer of Bacardi‘s authenticity, origin and craft; it has carried the Bacardi Bat Device as its symbol since 1862. Its personality is that of the Latin Caribbean…which provides the Brand with a unique point of view on life.”
- Bacardi Black (alcohol content: 40% ABV), on the other hand, is “the flavorful, premium and elegant face of Bacardi. With a smooth and rich taste, Bacardi Black…[appeals] to more mature, stylish and sensual consumers…[Its] distinctive dark appearance and rich body makes it especially suitable for nighttime consumption in bars and clubs by those who enjoy partying until the early hours.”
- Bacardi Gold is a “distinctive, smooth, and mellow golden rum that delivers subtle flavor and classic Bacardi quality. It is the perfect Bacardi rum for those who enjoy the relaxed, good fun, and fine times that being with friends is all about”.
What Does This All Mean?
A little more research brought me to the Bartender’s Guide to the Galaxy.
There, I finally found the information I was looking for.
To quote the website:
- Bacardi Black: The richest spirit produced by Bacardi is a blend of selected rums aged for periods of up to four years. Charcoal-filtered for smoothness before mellowing in oak barrels, this rum retains the rich flavor and full body of the original blend without any harshness in taste.
- Bacardi Gold: A rum made with the same blend of light spirits as Bacardi White Rum, but that is aged for up to two years and is not filtered again after its time in oak casks. The result is a smooth, amber-colored rum with a fuller body and a pleasing wood flavor.
- Bacardi White: Bacardi White is blended, charcoal-filtered, aged for a least one year, then charcoal-filtered again to produce a subtle, delicate rum that is clear in color, light in body and dry in flavor.
Is Bacardi Gold Dark Rum?
No, Bacardi Gold is not dark rum but rather gold rum.
Gold rum, also known as amber rum, is a medium-bodied rum which has usually undergone aging. Gold rums gain their dark color from aging in wooden barrels (usually the charred, white oak barrels that are the byproduct of Bourbon whiskey).
They have more flavor and are stronger-tasting than white rum.
Gold rums can be thought of as being halfway between white rum and dark rum.
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I hope the mystery is now a little clearer than when you first began reading this post.
Before I go, I would like to share one more tidbit with you that might be useful in selecting when and how to drink each of these three rums.
I read somewhere that this is because the lighter alcohols are more filtered.
They, therefore, contain fewer impurities for the body to get rid of.
Let me go do more first-hand research. 🙂
Until the next time,
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