Bacardi has launched its new Reserve Cask Finished series with the sublime Bacardi Reserva Ocho Sherry Cask Finish rum.
Being a debonair man of the world, you’ll be familiar with cask finishing. A process particularly popular with whisky producers, cask finishing allows the tail end of the aging process to take place in a different cask – an ex-sauterne or sherry for example – to allow all that flavour-soaked wood to impart its fruity notes one last time.
Now, taking a leaf from the single malt book, Bacardi has released its limited-edition Reserva Ocho Sherry Cask Finish, an elegant and refined rum that marks the start of a five-year collection (so you better make space in the home bar now).
Each of the Premium rums from the Babacrdi Reserva Cask Finish series will begin with a base of Reserva Ocho, which was aged under the Caribbean sun and then finished for several additional months in ex-Oloroso sherry casks, with the finishing cask changing with each new addition.
The finishing process differs from the aging process by increasing the complexity of the spirit to levels not typically found in Bacardi Reserva Ocho.
This year’s inaugural release of the Reserve Cask Finish series 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 flavour that gives off the aroma of dried fruits, raisins, walnuts, and almonds, and a luxurious libation that’s best enjoyed neat in a room temperature tasting glass.
To accompany the launch of the series, Bacardi has teamed up with famed celebrity photographer Cam Kirk to create an original NFT (non-fungible token) inspired by the first release, proceeds of the sale of which will support Bacardi’s charitable works.
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