The season of sharing is on the horizon, but with social sanctions seemingly going nowhere, it’ll be a year of adaptation. While we might not be able to convene in person, we can still convene, albeit virtually, and that’s what matters. It means that we’ll have to make the most of the social events that we can have, and one of the first steps to guaranteeing a good time is having the right bottle.
We’ve teamed up with Bacardi to guide us through the best of its bottles for sharing with friends. There’s a lot out there, and everyone has their own preferences, so with the help of the alcohol master, we’ve rounded up 10 bottles, from rum to vermouth via tequila and gin, to ensure there’s a tipple for all.
Scroll down for the best Bacardi bottles to share this season.
Bacardí Cuatro Rum
Introduced in 2018, Bacardí Cuatro pays homage to the brand’s Cuban roots with a rich, barrel-aged, Caribbean sun-drenched flavour with hits of mild vanilla, toasted oak, clove, and honey. While rum has grown to become a spirit to be mixed, Bacardí Cuatro will introduce you to the more sophisticated, complex side of rum.
Bacardí Ocho Rum
Bacardí Ocho is so named because it takes eight years for a batch of the rum to mature. It’s a long time to wait, but it’s worth it — the refined flavour has notes of prune, apricot, nutmeg, and vanilla. In fact, Bacardí Ocho is so good that since 1862 it has been a private blend, enjoyed only by seven generations of the Bacardí family as a personal reserve.
Grey Goose Vodka
Grey Goose hasn’t gained its name as one of the world’s best-tasting premium vodkas by chance. The Goose uses ingredients that have been perfected over the years, such as soft winter wheat from Picardy and fresh spring water from Gensac in the famous Cognac region that has been naturally filtered through underground limestone that’s so deep it’s completely untouched by pollutants. Thanks to the smooth flavor, you can keep things simple with Grey Goose; all you need to do is make sure your vodka is ice cold and you're ready to sip. From Russia — to France — with love.
Oxley London Gin
Oxley enlisted the help of a team of scientists to reinvent the way that gin was distilled. Amazingly, they managed it. Oxley London Gin is made using a sub-zero distillation process that freezes the gin's freshness. Of course, the 14 distinct botanicals still bring unique flavor which makes this gin ideal for a luxurious gin & tonic.
Patrón Silver Tequila
Patrón, in the world of alcohol, is part of the higher classes. Handcrafted from fine 100% Weber Blue Agave and Hacienda Patrón distillery in Jalisco, Mexico, Patrón Silver offers the aroma of fruits and refreshing citrus with a light pepper finish. The balanced flavour makes it perfect to be enjoyed neat, over ice, or as the basis to a cocktail so it’s ideal in a sharing scenario.
Bombay Sapphire Gin
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin
The House of Bombay
Bombay Sapphire is based on a recipe from 1761 and balances a unique combination of ten hand-selected, exotic botanicals. Distilled at Laverstoke Mill using a one-of-a-kind, vapour-infusion process. That’s what gives Bombay Sapphire such a fresh taste which is why bartenders everywhere opt to use it as the starting point for a range of cocktails.
Patrón Añejo Tequila
Patrón Añejo gets its rich flavour from 12 months of ageing in a combination of French oak, Hungarian oak, and used American whisky barrels. This cocktail of woods infuses Añejo with smooth flavours of vanilla, raisin, and honey. Añejo epitomises the art of distillation. This is almost definitely a side to tequila you haven't seen before. Enjoy it.
Santa Teresa 1796 Rum
Blending up to 35 years of ageing in Bourbon oak barrels before being aged further through the artisanal Spanish Solera Method, Santa Teresa is unexpectedly dry but just as rich and refined as expected. The deep palette of Santa Teresa, afforded by such a long ageing and production process, makes it the perfect switchover rum for seasoned whisky drinkers.
St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
We’re not exaggerating, St Germain is made with up to 1,000 handpicked elderflower blossoms. As the world’s first artisanal, all-natural liqueur, it's in a league of its own when it comes to making cocktails. And it's not just the flavors of peach, pear, and grapefruit that make it special, either. Each bottle is also individually numbered to reflect the year in which the flowers were picked.
Martini Vermouth Riserva Speciale Rubino
Riserva Speciale Rubino Vermouth
Martini & Rossi
With Martini Riserva Speciale, the Martini Masters pay tribute to the traditional methods used by the first Martini Master Herbalist more than 150 years ago. This Vermouth takes a trip back to Piemonte, the homeland of Martini, thanks to a blend of local Italian Langhe DOC Nebbiolo and Moscato d’Asti DOCG. The herbal, spiced flavour makes this an aperitivo, perfect in its small servings for sharing in a group.
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