It’s hard to believe this is a 10-year-old rum. Tasting it blind, we’d say it’s much older. Bananas Foster and dark chocolate really bring out its charisma. Soft on the palate with a mild spice, the Eximo shows how much potential can be fulfilled with a decade of aging. A long finish cranks up the dried fruit and vanilla essences with a tinge of tobacco leaf to round it all out. For a sipper that punches above its weight class, drop your guard here and take a swing.
The history of rum cannot be written without at least a few chapters dedicated to Don Facundo Bacardi Masso. In the early 1860s Cuban rum was a crude and low-quality spirit. Facundo changed all of that. The spirit he and his partners created was more refined, benefiting from better distillation methods, aging in oak barrels, and a lot of trial-and-error. These Facundo rums produced in the Bahamas pay homage to the man that started it all. This collection was made using one of the world's largest private reserves of more than 300 rum blends and was created to showcase the artistry of making rum. Rumor has it this is the only time these will be released in the US. Needless to say, we got our hands on as much as we could.