Pros: Good flavor balance, with lots of real rum elements. Awesome mixer as all Bacardi's.
Cons: Not good enough to be premium material, remarkably sweet for a spiced rum.
Spiced rums have gained popularity, and yet they are still tremendously under-rated. Never mind that Capitain Morgan's advertising has added a hefty dose of charm towards spiced rums in general, but in broad strokes people who try them for the fist time usually find a new kind of soul in their mixed drinks thanks to ths "spicy" kick. I just wish more of this so called "spiced rum converts" dont get so stupid drinking it without moderation.
Nevertheless, Bacardi steps up the spiced rum scene with this mellow specimen. A good rum in general, and certainly much better than Capitan Morgan's, but not nearly as popular.
Its bright amber color is firm and makes me suspicious about caramel color added, just for a good show. The body is also firm and dense, rivaling some more expensive aged "soleras" and "special reserves" that I've seen out there. I guess it may lead some to believe that this is in fact a much more refined and expensive extra aged rum, but lets face it: not many real rum fanatics regard Bacardi Spiced as the premium rum of their choice.
This one is meant to be mixed. But stand-alone sipping got to be a fascinating experience. The texture is a little harsh right up front, but once your tongue settles down, there is a warm and reasonably soft sensation as it goes down the throat. There is a lot of burnt sugar presence in the main flavor structure, and also clove, cinammon and orange peel are perfectly noticeable. Hints of vanilla and coconut can be found in the aftertaste also.
What makes this spiced rum different from Morgan's, is a more refined and civilized character, a softer texture, and more emphasis on "RUM" features than a rather disorganized, almost chaotic array of flavors found in Morgan's. I'd say also that Bacardi looks, feels and tastes like a higher quality spirit, or at least less artificial, better balanced.
Maybe not a superb Rum, and perhaps not even the best "spiced" rum out there, but I bet you will be highly (and gladly) surprised on how good a mixer this Bacardi can be. I tried it on unsweetened iced tea (REAL iced tea..) and it was absolutely refreshing and delicious, maybe because of its higher than usual sweetness.
Worthy of consideration if you can stand a decent spiced rum, and absolutely better in terms of flavor structure and texture than most popular spiced rum brands out there.