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Bacardi 1873 Ron Solera is a golden rum aged up to three years in charred oak barrels. As the name suggests, the Solera system is used to produce this rum, which mixes new batches of rum with older batches each year.
"1873" represents the year of the Virginius Affair, the name of a captured American ship that resulted in a remarkable international diplomacy for peace between the US and Spain during the Ten Years' War.
This stuff wakes you up before you even taste it. A bit strong smelling and slight medicine smell and taste, with a lot of charred barrel flavour but not too oaky. The bottle looks great and the graphics would suggest more of a top shelf flavour than it really presents. Not really a sipper, I would mix this one with Coke.
Es un ron fuerte en olor y sabor a alcohol, mezclado con coca colar es la única forma de tomarlo
I purchased this 1873 bottle while visiting the Bacardi plant in 1996. It was listed as a dry rum so it sat unopened for 18 years until recently. It did have a pale golden color when I purchased it. It is a pleasant rum, a bit dry and clean finish. Not my cup of tea, but at least it doesn't suck.
This was the smokiest rum I have ever had. Wasn't great, but better than most Bacardi products. No flavour or bite on the swallow, smoke was in the aftertaste.
As a stand alone sipper it would be not bad. I would probably use mix the next time I try it though. I purchased it because a local (in Mexico) said it was a favourite of his and he genuinely seemed pretty excited about it. I'm glad I tried it.
This was actually an interesting rum. Good flavor and no "after bite".
Sugar: 3- 5 gpl.
This was the "Premium" rum at the All Inclusive I stayed at in Mexico. It's not a top shelf rum by any means, but it's a decent mixing rum. Not offensive as they have far worse tasting stuff on offer to those that want Mojitos or are volume drinkers. Normal aromas and tastes of Oak, Vanilla, and caramel. Nothing outstanding and whatever taste there is fades quickly. It's not robust enough to have over ice. Mixing rum only is my call on this one.
This rum is very strong. Wouldnt sip it, just mix it.
My only reference at the moment is Bacardi Ocho. In comparisson, Solera is much stronger, and definitely not for sipping. But when mixed (particularly for Cubas), it has an almost sweet flavor. I did not feel the oak at all, to be honest, but it's good nevertheless. I always have a bottle in stock for when I feel like having a strong drink.
To be honest, I'd take an Ocho over Solera, anytime.
Was at a hotel bar and this was the only "premium" rum available. Neat, it had notes of oak and charring. Alcohol was wafting from the glass. The palette had more oak, molasses and a bit of vanilla. Burning and spreading the warmth of that oakyness down the throat. With a cube, it didn't open much. A tad more vanilla.
Not a great rum, but for a Bacardi product it's drinkable. Next time, mixing it.
I usually go for a spiced rum like Kraken for a simple Cuba Libre, but this rum fits in very nicely! Milder taste than a white rum, and I wouldn't sip it straight, but as for a mixer, very good
A great mixing rum that isn't harsh and oh so smooth. While not overly flavorful, the mellowness is the appeal to me.
Would buying it more for the nice looking bottle than for the rum.
This tastes a lot cheaper than the Ocho, has a very cheap solera touch to it that takes away from it being a developed rum. Mixer only.
Very smooth, definitely a sipper. Nice vanilla and fruit notes with a little bit of honey.
Actually not bad..dry..not to strong..light charred flavor. .its a very good mixer with coke..Its the second bacardi product I like..also like oakheart
Muy bueno sabor intenso va bien combinado uno de los mejores bacardis
Well... it's got a nicer bottle than the other Bacardi's
Like hair spray from 1980. At the roof of my mouth, there is a displeasure too. Tried straight, on the rocks and with coke. Added more than the usual amount of coke and it became... acceptable.
Nice drink, but missing something. Great color and smell.
Awesome presentation and bottle. However very offputing by aroma alone. Best used as a mixer. No more than a 1:3 ratio. At that rate though, there are a lot cheaper tolerable rums. But if money isn't an option I'd choose this as a mixer.
Not much to say about this rum. The aroma is alcohol astringency and the flavor is unremarkable with a strong burn. To be used as a mixer. Has a bit of unpleasant funkiness to it and leaves a bitter aftertaste in my mouth. Helps to drown it in Coke Zero.
Not bad for cocktails, but nothing special. Sure better than Reserva!
Bacardi Ron Solera 1873 rum review By Warren Bobrow via Foodista