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Why Bacardi Reserva Limitada is sort of a big deal

Back in the early days of the Bacardi rum distillery, Maestro de Ron (rum master) Luis Planas created a special blend for the Bacardi family to honor the founder, Don Facundo Bacardi Massó. It was exclusive to the family for generations before it was released in 2003 to celebrate the inauguration of the Bacardi Visitors Centre in Cataño, Puerto Rico, and then to select locations in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

When Bacardi released it in the U.S. in 2010 as the company’s top-of-the-line “founder’s blend”, there were only 6,000 bottles on the market! It’s still a coup to procure a bottle.

Aged and mellowed in lightly-charred American white oak casks for 10-16 years, the deep reddish-gold dark rum has woody aroma and a nose of vanilla, oak and dried fruits with a rich, mellow taste. Rum experts say that it should never be mixed since it is the ultimate expression of Bacardi craftsmanship.

In fact, Bacardi was just awarded the International High Quality Trophy for its Reserva Limitada, among other rums. The prestigious Monde Selection International Institute for Quality Selections presents this honor to a product that has achieved a high quality level for three consecutive years after Grand Gold and Gold Awards.

The bottle may look similar like the Bacardi 8, but it’s very different in caliber and cost. It retails for roughly $15 a shot at The Rum Barrel.

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