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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.com

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  1. sherri September 23, 2011

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

  2. Chris November 8, 2011

    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 June 11, 2012

    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 ….

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  5. K Wilson December 12, 2013

    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.

  6. Test January 6, 2020

    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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