Bacardí closed out National Rum Month with the launch of Bacardí Reserva Ocho Rye Cask Finish, the second installment in the Bacardí limited-edition cask finish series.
The new aged rum offering rolled out nationwide in August as part of the brand’s five-year collection, after last year’s inaugural release of Bacardí Reserva Ocho Sherry Cask Finish. A Cask Finish Series variant will debut every August through 2025, each featuring a unique flavor profile from its barrel aging and finishing processes.
Bacardí Reserva Ocho Rye Cask Finish has notes of smokiness mixed with wood, caramelized brown sugar and vanilla, the company reports. Aromas include gingerbread, maple sugar and a hint of spiciness.
The new expression aged in American oak barrels for eight to 12 years, and finished in rye casks during the final two months.
Each bottle of Bacardí Reserva Ocho Rye Cask Finish comes with a unique marque number and the year of production, as well as a higher proof of 90, or 45% ABV, which differs from the base spirit at 80 proof.
“In 2018, Bacardí set out to introduce a true, robust portfolio of premium rum offerings spanning four to over 12 years in age,” says Lisa Pfenning, VP, Bacardí for North America. “As the leader in the rum category, we’re always challenging ourselves to innovate, introducing new and unique expressions to bring more people into the sippable rum universe.”
“Rum is in a unique position because it has a natural warmth that invites conviviality and connection, unlike other dark spirits on the market,” she adds. “Whether you’re an experienced drinker or someone new to rum and dark spirits in general, you can easily celebrate that special occasion with Bacardí Reserva Ocho Rye Cask.”
Bacardí Reserva Ocho Rye Cask Finish hits shelves in 750-ml. bottles for a suggested retail price of $32.99, available online and in stores nationwide.