Weekends are time for testing new cocktail recipes. The one below is from the Facundo Rum Collection, a luxury portfolio.
If we were lucky enough to have a bottle, we’d sip it straight as the rum was intended, and substitute another white rum in the cocktail.
Bacardi’s Facundo Bacardi Rum Collection, introduced in 2013, is the distiller’s commitment to the emerging category of premium sipping rums. The rums are made from the company’s private rum reserve: the finest batches of rum aged for very long times.
The line was championed by Facundo L. Bacardi, who strongly felt that the company should be a player in the emerging category of premium rums.
The four expressions range from $45-$250 a bottle. They are made in different styles, and produce a wide range of flavor experiences.
For example, the first rum in the collection, Facundo Neo, is a blend of rums that have been aged for up to eight years.
It’s not exactly your basic quality brand white rum, used to make a Mojito or Piña Colada. Regular white rum is aged for a year, sometimes more.
The result of the extra aging and the fact that the “best” barrels were aged: Neo’s flavor profile is a beautifully balanced, with notes of banana, almonds and freshly cut grass. To experience them, sip them neat or on the rocks.
If you’re a person for whom money is no object, you can use whatever rum you like in mixed drinks. But truth to tell with the recipe below, after you mix vermouth and two liqueurs with the rum, only the most professional palate could articulate the difference.
A NOTE ABOUT AGED RUM
It’s easy to understand the age categories of tequila, scotch and other spirits. The producing countries have laws that govern, among other things, how long the spirit has been aged prior to bottling.
For example, Mexican laws govern how many months a tequila can be aged in order to be called silver, reposado, anejo, extra anejo tequilas (details).
With rum, aging can last from one to thirty years or more, but you often won’t find a number on the bottle*. There are exceptions, such as Appleton (the top expression is 50 years old!) and Flor de Cana.
The Facundo expressions include Facundo Neo Rum, Facundo Eximo Rum, Facundo Exquisito Rum and Facundo Paraiso XA Rum. Each is aged longer than the next. But as with most rums, don’t expect to know how long that aging period was.
That’s because unlike other spirit-producing areas, Caribbean countries did not stake their claim to exclusivity by passing appropriate laws to protect their rights, i.e., that only alcohol distilled in the Caribbean can be called rum. (Scotch can only be produced in Scotland, bourbon can only be produced in the U.S., tequila in Mexico, etc.)