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Review: Bacardi Torched Cherry Rum


The problem with cherry flavored spirits, of course, is the cough syrup connection. Cherry flavoring is so endemic in over-the-counter throat and lung remedies that most drinkers immediately want to climb back in bed once a cherry liquor hits their lips.

Bacardi bypasses that problem with its new cherry rum by “torching” it — now, they don’t burn the cherry, but to Barbados cherry essence the company adds “torched plant aloe” to the mix.

The result is a somewhat smoother spin on cherry, balanced by a sort of smoky creaminess that comes on after a big and bright cherry opening.

Yes, drink too much in one gulp and you’re in Robitussinland, but in a land of non-credible cherry rums and vodkas, Bacardi’s experiment is at least as good as anything else out there.

70 proof.

B / $15 / bacardi.com


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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. tablemanto December 11, 2011

    A serious vodka and cranberry fan for many years, the people at Bacardi have converted me. I always told my customers and friends, “On the day, you see me drinking rum, call Betty Ford and get me a room!” Now, I eating those words, because I love this new flavor. Check out incredible original drink recipes http://www.thebaldbartender.com


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