If you could bottle the taste of the tropics, it would taste exactly like Reserva Ocho, an eight-year-old golden sipping rum from the house of Bacardi. Created in 1862, Reserva Ocho is one of the oldest private rums in the world, enjoyed for seven generations by the brand as their personal reserve, and has now been introduced to the world. A spirit aged under the Caribbean sun in American White Oak barrels and filtered through charcoal for a smooth finish. This one can make for a perfect alternative to the good old whiskey.
The unique taste of this rum has inspired cocktail pioneers to invent some of the world’s most famous recipes. But, the one that we have our hearts set on, is the ever so timeless Ocho Old Fashioned. This spirit takes eight years to mature but the patience is worth it. One sip and you can take distinctly make out the flavours of prune, apricot, nutmeg and vanilla in it. Let’s travel back to the mid 1800s, and rewind to a time when life was slowly enjoyed while sipping on a cocktail.
Once you pour in 60ml of the Bacardi Reserva Ocho in a chilled old fashioned glass, it exuberates a rich mahogany tint, making it an enchanting drinking experience. It has warm tasting notes of prune, apricot, nutmeg and vanilla. This simple yet iconic drink incorporates 5ml of sugar syrup and a dash of angostura bitter. The spirit is then garnished with orange essential oils from the orange zest, which is dropped in the cocktail; to complete it’s robust journey, cubes of ice seal the deal.
The flavourful secret lies in the special, rich, super-aged rum—the kind you see people savouring on a sprawling patio filled with Latin bomba music, on a breezy street near the beach.