So I’m continuing my quest to find a good rum to drink. After the RonDiaz review I chose a little more carefully this time. Even though this is even higher proofed than the RonDiaz, 70 proof (35% alcohol by volume), one of our former guests, Eric Thurow of Simply Eric Cocktails has suggested the Bacardi brand.
First smell had me questioning my choice. On one hand there was a nice subtle smell of spices, mainly cinnamon, mixed with caramel, on the other hand there was also a strong alcohol smell. Not like ethanol, more of the yes, you are drinking a potent drink. I should’ve expected that from higher proof brand. But knowing how much the RonDiaz brand burned, I was frankly a bit scared. But that apprehension went away with my very first sip.
There is definitely a burn and I’m a burn wimp. However, this wasn’t bad, the sharp edge of the burn goes away quickly and you are left more of a strong tingle. And the spices which at first seem subtle spread to enhance the flavor. Oakheart’s taste is very rich, caramel like but not very sweet, spiced with out being shocking, and a burn that enhances instead of overtaking.
I’m sure this would go well as a mixer but I could definitely see myself enjoying a nice glass of this just by itself, perhaps over ice. This says a lot because I’m not a straight alcohol drinker, with the exception of maybe Buttershots liqueur. Now that I think about it, mixing that with the Bacardi Oakheart… I’ll have to get back to you on that.
(A smooth burn with nice rich flavor)