Rum - Aged
Bacardi 1873 Ron Solera Rum
This is a Tier 2 score in the Rum category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
Bacardi 1873 Solera is considered to be their premium, single-barrel, "sipping rum." It is named for the same year as the Virginius Affair, an event where an American vessel was captured by Spanish ships and its crew executed. The rum is aged up to three years of charred oak.
The 2014 Beverage Testing Institute warned that it had flavor notes of "burnt sugar" and "pesticide."
Bacardi Rum was founded in 1862 in Santiago, Cuba by Don Facundo Bacardi Masso. The brand became inextricably linked to Havana, the daiquiri, and the Cuba Libre (rum and coke) at the turn of the century and through the gilded age. The company was strong until the Communist takeover in 1962. The plant was relocated to Puerto Rico where it remains to this day as one of the largest rum producers on earth. Today, it has also acquired a number of spirits over recent years and today have sales in excess of $5 billion. While the original company was founded in Cuba it's totally absent from the Communist country today and headquartered in Bermuda.
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