Bacardi Black. Along with Bacardi Gold, the two rums have recently been re-released into the UK market at 40% ABV rather than 37.5%. For whatever reason Bacardi Black is not as readily available as the White Superior or Gold. In most supermarkets and many off licenses the White Superior and Gold can be picked up at entry level prices. However, the Black is largely absent from these outlets.
As a result it has been fairly difficult to get a bottle other than online. Fortunately on the continent the rum is more readily available and I was able to obtain a 1 litre bottle whilst on holiday. The other bonus of this is the price which was considerably lower than if I had ordered this online (£29.95 for a 70cl bottle as opposed to 19 euro’s approx. £16 for a litre bottle).
As my reviews are totally independent I am not reliant on freebies or samples. All the rum’s I review I have bought (or someone has bought for me). This probably explains why I’m not reviewing super premium offerings every week…..
There isn’t really much to say about Bacardi that hasn’t been said before. I’ve reviewed a few Bacardi products and whilst I doubt I will ever review the flavoured efforts (Razz, Limon etc) the “real” rums haven’t been at all bad overall so far. The Bacardi Black comes in the standard Bacardi bottle which will be familiar to anyone who has seen the White Superior. I like the attention to presentation and strong brand identity that Bacardi uses. I like to see consistency in presentation. This is their entry level dark rum like the Gold and the White Superior and is housed in the same bottle. Immediately I am not confused or unsure as to what to expect from this rum.
The rear label states that the rum is bottled in Germany for Bacardi International Ltd, Hamilton, Bermuda. I found this a little confusing. I understood that Bacardi had a distillery in Puerto Rico and the Bahama’s. However, it was unclear which distillery transported the rum to Germany for bottling. After looking on the Internet I’ve only ended up even more confused. It seems that Bacardi Black may have also once been Bacardi Select? Both have been bottled at 37.5% ABV and 40% ABV. I suspect the rum is from the Puerto Rico plant but I could be wrong!
The rear label also states “mit Farbstoff” (Zuckerkulor). So it would seem that caramel is added to give the rum it’s black appearance. The rum is aged for only 4 years so this is not a surprise. To be perfectly honest I would imagine all young Navy and Demerara style rum’s that are so dark must also use caramel. In some parts of the internet it is suggested that the caramel and sugar is added to improve the flavour of the rum. Again, highly likely but this isn’t something that bothers me. The Bacardi Black is an entry level rum – its for mixing you get what you pay for in my book.
When poured the rum remains very dark brown in colour. As a very heavy looking dark rum I’m a little surprised when nosing the rum that the sweet nose is more of a cane juice/agricole grassy note than a deep dark molasses like rum. There is a little hint of plum/prune and a little hint of treacle.
I don’t really know why I continue to sip these entry level rums but the Bacardi Black doesn’t burn to badly. That’s not to say its pleasant its just bitter really. Another surprise how dry it is. Adding cola (the rum is marketed as a mixer and cola is the key) it still tastes quite bitter and too dry. The appearance of the rum made me expect a dark Demeraran rum or a Naval style. It is nowhere near as sweet as either styles and I’m a little puzzled as to why they have decided to darken this relatively young rum to look like either of those styles. This probably explains why it isn’t carried so much in the UK supermarkets.
It’s dryness reminds me a little of Bacardi Reserva, however this is much rougher. It’s like a rum in disguise to me and I just don’t get it. I’m not sure at whom the rum is aimed? Your left with a kind of harsh dry Puerto Rican style rum which looks like a British Navy Rum. It’s not a terrible rum just another entry level mixer but one which has a very confused identity! This might explain why it isn’t carried in our Supermarkets.