This post was originally about how I discovered different types of Bacardi rum, namely Bacardi Black and Bacardi Gold. I’ve since reorganized it to include a lot more information about Bacardi rums and rum in general, for instance information about gold rum vs dark rum, e.g., Bacardi Black vs Gold.
Gold Rum vs Dark Rum (e.g., Bacardi Black vs Gold)
To understand the difference between these two types of rum, let’s look at each of these rums individually.
Gold Rum vs Dark Rum: What is Gold Rum?
Gold rum, also known as amber rum, is a medium-bodied rum which has usually undergone aging.
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.
Gold Rum vs Dark Rum: What Is Dark Rum?
Dark rum, also known as black rum, undergoes aging longer than any other type of rum.
The extended time it spends in wooden casks gives it a dark color and deep, smoky-sweet flavor.
The most common brands are Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, the iconic spirit in a Dark & Stormy, and Myer’s Dark Rum (one of my favorites!), used in many tiki drinks.
Another popular dark rum is Bacardi Black, so let me tell you about that next.
Bacardi Black: Bacardi Dark Rum
According to Bacardi’s website, Bacardi Black 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."
More factually (and less market-y)…Bacardi Black is one of the richest spirits produced by Bacardi.
Bacardi Black first begins as a blend of select rums which then undergos ageing for periods up to four years.
Bacardi recommends that their dark rum be drunk as a shot or with intensely flavored mixers such as coffee liqueur.
But…let’s stick with the coffee liqueur suggestion for a minute.
As an example, Bacardi recommends a cocktail called The Nocturno.
Here’s the recipe:
Nocturno Cocktail Recipe
- Fill a tumbler glass with ice cubes and pour in the coffee liqueur.
- Slowly pour in the Bacardi dark rum and stir briefly.
- Cut a round “coin” of orange peel and hold a lit match just above the drink.
- Hold the orange peel (colored side down) above the lit match, and squeeze the peel over the flame.
- Finish up by dropping the twist into the drink.
That’s it: drink and enjoy!
Bacardi Gold vs Superior (i.e., Gold Rum vs White Rum)
What Is Bacardi Superior?
Bacardi first gained its fame from the white rum it produces: the very popular Bacardi Superior.
The Bacardi website has this to say about Bacardi Superior:
…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.
In terms of how it is made, Bacardi Superior, is blended, charcoal-filtered, aged for at 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.
What is Bacardi Gold?
Bacardi also produces a gold (or amber rum) called Bacardi Gold.
According to the Bacardi website, 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.
Again, steering clear of the marketing messages and sticking to the facts, Bacardi Gold is 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.
Spelled out succinctly, here are some similarities and differences between Bacardi Gold and Bacardi Superior that go beyond their very obvious difference in color:
- Bacardi Gold and Bacardi Superior start off as the same blend of light spirits.
- Both these rums then undergo filtering and ageing.
- Bacardi Superior undergoes ageing for only one year while Bacardi Gold does so for twice that amount of time: up to 2 years.
- After aging, Bacardi Superior undergoes filtering again while Bacardi Gold does not.
Bacardi Black vs Gold
Comparing Bacardi Black and Bacardi Gold, from the information in the sections above, you can see that Bacardi Black goes through the aging process for four years while Bacardi Gold goes through aging for only two.
The Difference Between White and Dark Rum Generally (e.g., Bacardi Superior vs. Bacardi Black)
In case you are wondering what the difference between white rum and dark rum is, here are 5 important ways in which these two types of rum differ:
- White rum is aged in stainless steel barrels, while dark rum is aged in charred oak barrels.
- The ageing process is shorter for white rum than for dark rum.
- Dark rum has a stronger taste and stronger overtones than white rum.
- Caramel may be added to darken rum, while filtering is often used to make rum lighter, as in the case of white rum.
- Dark rum is more often drunk straight and used for cooking, while white rum is often used in cocktails and mixed drinks.
Best Bacardi Rum
So what is the best Bacardi rum?
Hmmm…that’s a bit difficult to answer.
Aged for 17 years, Bacardí Gran Reserva Limitada, is the rarest and most luxurious Bacardi rum. On each bottle of this rum, you will find its blending batch, bottling date, and bottle number in order to capture the specific moment that it achieved blending perfection.
Although Bacardí Gran Reserva Limitada is technically the best Bacardi rum, its price tag is prohibitive to the average consumer. More affordably, a very good Bacardi sipping rum is Bacardí Reserva Ocho. Bacardì Reserva Ocho is a gold rum that goes through the aging process for 8 years.
For everyday usage, Bacardi Superior is ideal for mixing into cocktails where you don’t want an overpowering rum taste and would prefer a lighter flavor, such as in piña coladas or mojitos.
Which do you think is the best Bacardi rum? Please let me know in a comment below!
Is Bacardi Gold Dark Rum?
Types of Bacardi Rum
Bacardi produces many more rums than the ones I have mentioned in this post so far.
Here is an extensive list of Bacardi rums:
- Bacardi Black (or Bacardí Carta Negra)
- Bacardi Gold (or Bacardí Carta Oro)
- Bacardi Superior (or Bacardí Carta Blanca)
- Bacardi Spiced
- Bacardi Select Rum
- Bacardí Reserva Ocho
- Bacardí Flavours Range, i.e.,
- Bacardi Gran Reserva Maestro De Ron
- Bacardi Limited Edition Heritage Pack
- Bacardí Añejo Cuatro
- Bacardí Gran Reserva Diez
- Bacardí Gran Reserva Limitada
Bacardi Black vs Gold vs Superior: A Summary
Clearly, the distinguishing factors between Bacardi white, Bacardi dark rum, and Bacardi Gold are 1) how long they are aged, 2) what they are aged in, and 3) whether or not they are filtered again after aging.
What Is Bacardi?
First sold commercially in 1862, by 2014, Bacardi was the best-selling rum in the world (it has since lost and regained this position several times in the past few years).
Bacardi Limited, the company that produces Bacardi rum, is the largest privately held, family-owned spirits company in the world.
Originally known for Bacardi white rum, which was innovative in its use of charcoal as a filtering agent and was arguably the first clear, white rum in the world, Bacardi Limited now has a portfolio of more than 200 brands and labels, including Havana Club rum (in the US), Grey Goose vodka, Patrón tequila, Bombay Sapphire gin, Dewar’s Scotch whiskey, Martini & Rossi vermouth, and Martini Prosecco (a sparkling wine that I love!).
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