I have new bottle of rum in my bar today. My new rum is Bacardi 8 – aged rum from Bacardi family. I decide to compare it with my favorite aged rum – Havana Club 7 Anos.
The results of comparsion are:
Bacardi 8 – amber-gold colour with light red tones
Havana Club 7 Anos – Deep amber color? with red tones. This rum has more intensive and deep color.
Bacardi 8 – High aromatic, rich but little so strong flavor with sweet undertones of caramel, vanilla, chocolate;
Havana Club 7 Anos – Delicate and rich flavor with bright taste of wood. This rum has outstanding bouquet wih complex notes of fruit, vanilla, cocoa…
Bacardi 8 – The taste has light woody base, the taste are rich, crisp and full with undertones of fruit.
Havana Club 7 Anos – This rum has exellent, rich, complex taste with delicate woody base and sweet and mellow undertones of vanilla, sugarcane, caramel, fruits. The taste is so complex, rich and smotth like good cognac.
Finish and aftertaste:
Bacardi 8 – The aftertaste is not very long, sweet and rumy;
Havana Club 7 Anos – Has rich, bright and long aftertaste with bright sugarcane notes.
As tasting area for coctail using I choose the Rum Sidecar recipe.
David Wondrich advice to use an aged Cuban-style rum, such as Brugal A?ejo, Bacardi 8, or, if you can get it, Havana Club 7 (not just Cuban-style, but actually Cuban).
The classic recipe of Sidecar was investigated by me with some ex-USSR brandyes last month. And I think is very good classical recipe.
45 ml rum
20 ml Cointreau
20 ml fresh lemon juice
Shake. Cocktail glass with sugar rim.
Exellent drink! The aged rums work well in this cocktail. Drink has perfect balance of strong, sour and sweet taste.
I like more cocktail with Havana Club 7, which has rich and compose taste. The Rum Sidecar with Bacardi 8 has more sweet and no such compose, but bright taste.
Resume: Both rums are pretty good, but for me Havana Club 7 Anos has more rich and unique flavor and taste; and it work in my Rum Sidecar more better.