Bacardi releases new premium Anejo Cuatro dark rum
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.
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.
1/2oz Lime Juice
1/4 Honeycomb Syrup
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lime.
Vanilla Rum Old Fashioned
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.
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.