April 16, 2010 (Day 76) — Bacardi Torched Cherry Test/Bonfire

A week or two ago, Bacardi sent a message cross it’s Twitter count. The announcement was enough to send me — a certified booze nerd — into conniptions. A new flavor was on the way! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! I chortled in my joy.

And it sounded delightfully bizarre. Torched Cherry: a cherry rum with a touch of torched aloe.

Aloe? At least I could be sure that my insides would be protected by any potential burn of another booze! (Sorry, that joke was bad. It was kept in simply to fulfill my lame joke quota).

But first!

Before I can launch into this evenings cocktail — which, I might add is a Cocktails, 365 original WITH a new liquor — I need to taste this neat.

This is the best way to know which flavors are coming from your liquor and which flavors are coming from your mixers.

On opening the bottle, you get a very distinct whiff of cherry. It reminded me of a brand of cherry cola we used to get when we would go to Colorado Springs when I was a kid. I can’t remember the name of the soda to save my life. All I remember is that the it had a mountain on the can. With a cherry sitting on top.

My second thought was “Black Cherry Clearly Canadian with booze in it” (another vacation favorite). The good news is I like cherry flavored beverages. And this one promised to deliver. I’m pleased to report that it did.

The first drink is a straight smack of cherry, followed by a very pleasant spiciness. I would assume that’s the aloe, although I’ve never drank aloe before so I could be way off base. Alone, this has a great burn. So much so that neat, it’s even just a bit too much for me. Served in a cordial glass it’s perfectly fine, I don’t think I could drink this straight up.

But, that’s the genius of the Bacardi flavor line — they make killer bases for some amazing cocktails.

Because it’s new, I thought I’d try my hand at a little bit of amateur mixology and create something new. Here’s what I came up with, which I dubbed the Bonfire (Torched Cherry. Get it?)

2 oz Bacardi Torched Cherry Rum

2 oz triple sec

1 oz orange juice

Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour the ingredients into the glass, stir thoroughly.

Porch time.

This is a very very good drink. If you like cherry. If you don’t, I’ve got some bad news. The citrus of the orange juice and triple sec help cut the sweetness of the cherry. But, that cherry and bite of the aloe is still very pronounced, making this an intriguing, and very tasty, front-porch spring drink.

Be warned, however. If you don’t like cherry, you WON’T like this drink. Jenn isn’t a big cherry fan, so I figured I’d use her as my control.

When trying it neat, her nose crinkled.

“It smells like cherry.”

When she tried the bonfire:

“It tastes like cherry.”

And that it does! But a very good cherry with a very pleasant burn. If you do like cherry, and you like a bit of bite to your cocktails, I would recommend this. But, like many flavored liquors, if you’re not a fan of the flavor, you’re not going to be a fan of the booze.

Verdict: Definitely worth you trying, and a keeper if you like cherry. If you’re not sure, enter with caution. I get the feeling this may be a flavor that develops a rabid cult following.


— Mark


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