Bacardi releases new premium Anejo Cuatro dark rum

As I continue to learn more about rum in all its different iterations, Bacardi has released a new barrel-aged premium rum that has actually helped in my education. Not least because it has forced me to find out how you type the funny ‘ñ’ in ‘Añejo’.

Bacardi’s new Añejo Cuatro offers drinkers an accessible (i.e. affordable) option for premium, aged rum, and aims to prove rum’s versatility beyond just tropical drinks. This is a smooth, and extremely sippable product, but one that still has a much more complex flavour profile than Bacardi’s more well-known offerings.

This new rum is apparently left “undisturbed under the Caribbean sun for a minimum of four years”, marking the first time I have ever been jealous of a spirit, and has flavours of mild vanilla, toasted oak, clove and honey.

So how would you use this rum in a drink? Here’s Bacardi’s own suggested serve, as well as a couple of variations on classic rum drinks from me that help highlight this Cuatro’s flavours.

Cuatro Highball



50ml Bacardi Añejo Cuatro Rum
100ml Ginger Ale
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 Lime Wedge

Method: Squeeze and drop the lime wedge into the glass. Add ice and build the other ingredients. Garnish with another lime wedge.
This is the signature Bacardi Añejo Cuatro cocktail; a very simple and extremely refreshing drink swiped straight from the Caribbean’s streets rather than its beaches. I imagine. Obviously, drinking this is the closest I have ever come to actually knowing the Caribbean.

Honeycomb Daiquiri



2oz Bacardi Añejo Cuatro Rum
1/2oz Lime Juice
1/4 Honeycomb Syrup

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lime.
I was in the supermarket recently and happened upon a new limited edition honeycomb-flavoured syrup from Monin, which I couldn’t resist. Given the flavour profile of the rum here, it seemed like a perfect match for this classic daiquiri recipe but with a fascinatingly sweet aftertaste.

Vanilla Rum Old Fashioned



2oz Bacardi Añejo Cuatro Rum
1/4oz Vanilla Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Orange Bitters

Method: Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass and then pour over a large ice cube in a low tumbler.
Again, using a flavoured syrup here really helps to highlight this Añejo Cuatro’s own notes of vanilla, in what is a very sweet and strong - and highly drinkable - old fashioned.
As rums go, this is a wonderful entry point for a premium product, providing lots of flavour and accessibility but still a clear cut above the cheaper and most commonplace rums. Basically, as soon as you want to upgrade from the rum basics, Bacardi have now given us the next logical step.

Tags: Bacardi, Rum, Dark Rum

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