This limited edition rum from Bacardi dropped last summer, but, hey, warmer weather will be here before you know it — with National Pina Colada Day hitting on July 10. (Now you know!)
Bacardi Tropical is, well, exactly what it sounds like: white rum (from one of Bacardi’s big factories in Mexico or Puerto Rico, to be sure) flavored with (natural) notes of pineapple, coconut, and guava. Clearly designed with beachside drinking in mind, here’s how it tastes.
The results are wholly unsurprising: The nose kicks off with very sweet pineapple and an undercurrent of coconut milk. If there’s guava in the mix, you can’t smell it, though a vague industrial note, driven by the underlying rum, is also clearly evident. The palate offers few surprises, again coming off as exceptionally sweet and heavy with candied pineapple notes (first) and Coco Lopez notes (second). Again there’s a hint of that more industrial character well evidenced on the finish, but it’s largely hidden beneath a ton of candy sugar.
All told it’s a rum that is designed for a clear and specific purpose — one which it succeeds at perfectly well — but which will hardly change anything at all in your worldview.