How would a visit to a rum distillery be complete without taking home a bottle of your own?
Casa Bacardí Visitor Center in Puerto Rico has announced the launch of “Casa Bacardí Special Reserve” hand-bottled rum, which allows guests to fill their own bottles with a new extension of Bacardí rum.
This marks the first time in brand history in which the public participates in the making of the final product, the company says.
“This new offering positions the Casa Bacardí Visitor Center experience to a higher level,” says William Ramos, Senior Brand Ambassador, Casa Bacardí. “Our ongoing commitment to provide the best consumer experience to local and international visitors is grounded in always innovating our offering.”
The rum available for guests to take home is the Casa Bacardí Special Reserve, created by Jose Gomez, the Bacardí Maestro de Ron (Master Blender) for the past 35 years. Gomez, who has studied Bacardí founder Don Facundo’s art of rum-making, experimented with an additional phase in the aging process that helps the flavor transition from a woody finish to a more defined profile, the company says.
Casa Bacardí Special Reserve is a combination of rums that have been aged in American oak casks in the warm tropical climate of the Caribbean. This promotes a very effective and complex aging process as rums in Puerto Rico develop three times faster than spirits aged in colder climates, the company says. Each batch is hand crafted under the direct supervision of Gomez.
The rum is finished in Jerez Oloroso cask to accentuate certain notes in the product. Casa Bacardí Special Reserve has a sweet aroma dominated by notes of vanilla and butterscotch with a background of fruits and white oak and hints of almond and hazelnut, the company says.
Casa Bacardí Special Reserve hand-bottled rum was officially available on August 3. The bottles will be available to visitors for US$150.00 each.
For more information about Casa Bacardí and its hours of operations, contact +1.787.788.8400 or visit facebook.com/bacardidistillerytour