Review by Paul Senft
Bacardi Pineapple Fusionwww.bacardi.com
Bacardi Pineapple Fusion
In April 2013, Bacardi added a new flavored rum to their portfolio. Bacardi flavored rums have historically been a unique combination of taste experiences, mixing fruits and other exotic ingredients to entice the fans of flavored spirits. In my area, I usually see them in clubs and restaurants that cater to the college crowd.
All of the bottles in the Bacardi flavored line are tall, with coordinating neck wrap and clear labels communicating the basic product information. Easy to handle and pour they are easy to spot on the shelf or in a bar.
One optical trick I have often enjoyed in the stores is that when the bottles are lined up on the shelf, the Bacardi Bat logo is magnified by the bottle in front of it. It successfully grabs your attention whether you are interested in the product or not. The liquid is clear in the bottle and glass, a fine example of Bacardi’s charcoal filtration techniques.
Initially the smell of Pineapple wafts from the bottle as I fill the glass. There is nothing complex about it. I know toasted coconut is supposed to be part of the profile, but it is lost with the dominance of pineapple. After a few minutes as the rum settles, hints of coconut finally appear followed by the aroma of the rum.
When I sipped the rum, I found that as with the aroma, the pineapple flavor continues to dominate married with the rawness of the rum. There is a distinctive glycerol feel smoothing the rough edges of the immature rum. Much like the aroma, the toasted coconut appears in the finish but is barely present in the taste experience.
As an ingredient rum it has promise but I was disappointed by how unbalanced the two flavors were along with the roughness of the alcohol. I mixed the product with Sprite and the pineapple played nicely with the lemon- lime but buried the coconut notes.
I recommend playing around with the product, have some fun with it, and see what type of drinks you can invent with it. Here is an example of what we came up with:
The White Queen
1 oz. Bacardi Pineapple Fusion Rum
1 oz. Coconut Water
1 tsp.n CocoReal
Combine all ingredients in in a shaker filled with ice. Shake, strain and garnish with freshly ground nutmeg.
Review by Mr. Paul Senft :
Mr. Senft currently serves as owner of www.rumjourney.com. He has a passion for rum and traveling. He has dedicated himself to describing to his readers about his travels through the Caribbean Islands and writing rum reviews. When he is not reviewing a rum, he is hard at work at trying different cocktail recipes.