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Gold, Brown, Red or Black how do you enjoy them?


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Old 02-09-2013, 04:10 PM   #51
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So the Bacardi 8 is real good? I put it back and picked up Zaya 12 year (glad I did) but I may give it a try now.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:10 PM   #52
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Bacardi 8 is very unique rather than good. It has a very nutty flavor profile and I love making Cuba Libres with it. Add the fact that is costs as much as Appleton v/x here ($17.99) and sometimes has the $2 off coupons slips on it makes it a spectacularly valued mixing rum if nothing else. As for sipping I lean to other rums.
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So the Bacardi 8 is real good? I put it back and picked up Zaya 12 year (glad I did) but I may give it a try now.
Are they both enjoyable and good? Yes! But, it's the old "apples and oranges" paradigm. The Bacardi 8 is an aged Cuban/Puerto Rican profile, light and dry. The Zaya, sweet and full bodied.

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Old 02-10-2013, 04:17 AM   #54
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Apparently I prefer sweet and full bodied then. That's so far my favorite rum.
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:49 PM   #55
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Apparently I prefer sweet and full bodied then. That's so far my favorite rum.

There are some Zaya gift boxes available now with two Zaya tumblers included.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:24 AM   #56
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I don't know about Bacardi 8 but the Zaya is pretty obviously sweetened and flavoured after distilling. So it's impossible to compare. Well, assuming Bacardi 8 isn't....which is a big assumption to make. I find the Bacardi to be suspiciously smooth on the throat for a pure rum of that age.

Over here in the UK Bacardi 8 can be got for £25 which is a good price. You'd struggle to find a smoother rum for less.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:17 PM   #57
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I wasn't impressed with Bacardi 8 as a sipping rum. Smooth is just not a word I would use to describe it. However, I'm almost out of Appleton 12yo, so I may have to reconsider the Bacardi for my mixing rum.

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Old 03-06-2013, 12:32 AM   #58
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Appleton Extra is a mixer for you? I still have a very new nose for rum and only recently tried the 12 but while not my favorite, I don't think I'd consider it in a cocktail... - at least for what it costs me here and the budget I'm on.
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I wasn't impressed with Bacardi 8 as a sipping rum. Smooth is just not a word I would use to describe it. However, I'm almost out of Appleton 12yo, so I may have to reconsider the Bacardi for my mixing rum.

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I'm surprised. I thought it's smoothness was it's main positive. It's not terribly interesting but it is very smooth (IMO).

Not that smoothness is the same as quality. You can smooth out even pretty rough rubbish significantly by adding glycerine. Sugar (especially glucose syrup) smooths spirits and vanilla removes much of the bite.
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I don't think what I have is the Appleton Extra. I think it's a second-grade 12yo that they sell in duty-free shops. I'm also extremely limited in my rum selection here.

True about adding sweetener. Still, I didn't feel Bacardi 8 was smooth, unless I'm misunderstanding what smooth is.
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