Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gran Reserva.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Maestro de Ron.Ã¢â‚¬Â These are terms that one would expect to see applied to a dark, old, well-aged rum, but Bacardi is taking the unusual step of slapping them on its latest release, a white rum.
Bacardi Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron is Ã¢â‚¬Å“designed to elevate the simple cocktail experienceÃ¢â‚¬Â and is intended as Ã¢â‚¬Å“the ultimate white mixing rum.Ã¢â‚¬Â As with most white rums, it is aged in white oak, then filtered to white Ã¢â‚¬â€ though Maestro de Ron is said to be Ã¢â‚¬Å“double agedÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€ each barrel is aged for at least one year, then the barrels are married and aged again for a further three months.
That aside, the results are fine and the rum is capable, if less inspired than the name might imply.
The nose of this spirit Ã¢â‚¬â€ not quite white but rather the palest shade of gold Ã¢â‚¬â€ strikes familiar white rum chords. Hefty vanilla notes with a modest touch of fuel-like character give it that unmistakable Bacardi aroma. On the palate, the vanilla is backed up with more traditional white rum notes, including ripe banana, pencil shavings, coconut husk, and a touch of cinnamon Ã¢â‚¬â€ for the most part they are all flavors that would play nicely in tropical cocktails.