Bacardi Gold Rum 750mL

Well that was an awful vodka last week, so let’s try a rum instead this time. Now while I may have faulted Bacardi for their foray into spiced rums with Oakheart (when they should just stick to their White) – I think I may need to re-evaluate that.


While Oakheart may have been a bit too sweet to enjoy, I can see why they added so much sugar. Honestly imagine their 151, but instead of the fire lit by the alcohol content, water that down and drink it for the taste – and suddenly you’ve got gold.


What they Say: “BACARDÍ Gold is expertly crafted by Maestros de Ron BACARDÍ. Its rich flavors and golden complexion are developed in toasted oak barrels and its mellow character comes from being shaped through a secret blend of charcoals.”


Taste: 5.5 – It starts with a nice bit of flavor and sweetness that it promised you in the aroma.

Aftertaste: 0.5 – What follows can only be described as cough medicine and not the good cherry or grape kind. Holy crap is it horrendous. It even leaves you with that same lingering cough medicine taste in your mouth afterwards. I realize the score here may seem harsh, but I think the only way this could be worse is if it actively poisoned me.

Burn/Smooth: 3.0 – When you take cough syrup is your face going – mhmm smooth that went down nicely, or is there a large visible wince? So while this isn’t searing my throat – smooth is the farthest thing from my mind.

Aroma: 7.0 – While it’s not a spiced rum, it actually smells nice and sweet. No fault here.

Honesty: 2.0 – Bacardi seems to be the poster child alongside box wine and tequila for white girl wasted, and this isn’t even the signature spirit for that ideal..

Mixability: 6.0

Rum and Coke: 6.0 – I suppose that’s a fine rum and coke, but why would I get gold over white?

Value: 4.0 – For 3 dollars less I can get Oakheart, and while I’ll need to drink more coke so I don’t have run-syrup – at least I won’t have to deal with this.

Google Shop Average: $16



Reviewer Scores:

BuffaloJern: 4.0

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Metric Score: 28/70 |+| Metric Average: 4.0 |+| Reviewer Average: 4.0

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Final Thoughts: I want to note that as always we don’t calculate metrics before giving our opinion scores – it’s just a happy accident that this is the same. Because at the end of the day this is a rum and coke rum, and even then it’s not as good as some others.


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