The ultimate expression of the Bacardi family
To commemorate the rum-making standards achieved by Bacardi 150 years ago, family-owned Bacardi Limited announces, for the first time ever, the rarest Bacardi rum ever released, as a celebration of the expertise and craftsmanship in every bottle of Bacardi rum.
An unprecedented number of Maestros de Ron Bacardi, eight in total and each a Bacardi family member, have combined their extraordinary talents to create a very special and rare limited edition of Bacardi rum: Ron Bacardi, de Maestros de Ron, Vintage MMXII. A blend of the finest Bacardi rums laid to rest in oak barrels over the past 20 years and finished in 60-year-old Cognac barrels, this vintage blend is presented in a hand-blown crystal decanter.
The masterful art commemorated by the release of this exquisite vintage rum was perfected by Bacardi founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó—the original Maestro de Ron—in Santiago de Cuba in 1862. Don Facundo forever changed the spirits world by creating Bacardi Superior Rum, the most mixable of all Bacardi rums, introducing steps and setting what became the standards in rum-making.
He used these same techniques in creating his dark rums, as well. These steps have been handed down through 15 generations of hand-selected Bacardi Master Blenders and used today to create the Bacardi portfolio of fine rums.
The family honors the 150-year legacy of the great-great grandfather and Bacardi founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó every day by continuing to create and blend the rums in the same artful and masterful way he did in 1862. Bacardi rum is not only the world’s favorite and best-selling rum; it is also the world’s most awarded rum, winning more than 400 awards for taste, quality and innovation.
Before 1862, the rum of the time was crude, harsh and unpalatable to the emerging Cuban middle-class who were used to drinking fine wines and Cognacs. Don Facundo set out to create a spirit more refined and comparable to the finest Cognacs of the time.
Each hand-blown 500ml crystal decanter, housed in a finely detailed leather case, retails for US$2,000. Truly limited, only about 200 decanters are available at select international airport duty-free stores and premium retail establishments around the World
Text: AMURA ± Photo: Multivu