Review: Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum

Review: Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum

It’s a little hard to believe, but the top-selling rum company on earth — in fact, one of the top-selling spirits brands in the world — did not, until now, have a spiced rum under its umbrella. That is finally changing, as Bacardi this month has launched Oakheart, its own “smooth spiced rum.”

The emphasis is on smooth, to be sure: This rum (distilled in Puerto Rico, aged in American white oak) is on the mild side as spiced rums go, a muted spirit heavy on caramel and vanilla and pretty easy on the spice. Very light touch of cinnamon, but it’s almost passable as a moderately (and unspiced) aged rum. The finish is quite sweet and short, and while this is obviously a spirit designed for mixing with Coke (and to be a “well” spiced rum, based on its price), it’s so easygoing that it’s sippable straight. Aside from its sheer innocuousness, I can’t find else much to complain about here.

70 proof.

B+ / $13 /

Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. sherri on September 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    it is better than the leading brand of spiced rum. It is awesome

  2. Chris on November 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    You can drink this stuff straight from the bottle, (well, in a glass). The 70 proof has a lot to do with that but it has a smoothness and great finish that I like a lot. I work in a liquor store and like to be able to comment on various liquors from first hand experience. I recommend this over Capt Morgan any day. Not as rambunctious as Kraken or Tattoo. More like Sailor Jerry, but smoother.

  3. Paul on June 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I put a bottle of this in the freezer. Opening it for the first time, I found it would not pour – because it was …. Frozen? ::: scratches head :::: OK so there’s water in it ! The stuff is awesome – but one of its selling points is how smooth it is ? True – but they attained this by putting water in my liquor? Grrrrr ….. it’s great stuff – but they lose serious points for selling me a bottle of liquor that contains water ! Try it out – Buy a bottle, DON”T open it, and toss it in the freezer over night ….

  4. K Wilson on December 12, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I can’t confirm the previous commenter’s experience. I keep this stuff in my freezer and it doesn’t freeze. According to tables available online, a 35% spirit should not freeze unless your freezer goes down below -11F/-24C.

    Your Bacardi Oakheart contains water, like all liquor, but it’s in no way watered down compared to the competition. This stuff is great and I enjoy using it as a mixer.

  5. Test on January 6, 2020 at 12:42 am

    Dear sir .. sure there is water in all bottled alcohols . It is said that it is 40% abv which means there is 60% something else.

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