Rum Review: Facundo Eximo
Facundo Eximo Rum Review
Coming from the house of Bacardi is a new line of premium rums bearing the given name of the company’s founder: Facundo. There are four expressions in the Facundo line: Neo (white), Eximo (10-year), Exquisito (7-23 year blend), and Paraiso (17-32 year blend). Today we’ll taste the Eximo, which is bottled at 40% ABV and retails for $65.
The Facundo bottles are completely different than the other bottles in the Bacardi line, and the Eximo bottle is no exception. There is an obvious nod to quality with thicker glass (especially at the base) and some really beautiful raised glass design features. The closure is a synthetic cork topped with wood and an engraved metal cap. On this bottle, the metal cap (while lovely) almost immediately pulled away from the wood. Fortunately for me, I didn’t drop the bottle in the process. I find this pretty unacceptable for a $65 rum. I would suggest using a stronger adhesive and/or roughing up the cap interior prior to application in future runs.
In the glass, the rum is a deep mahogany. A swirl in the glass produces a thin ring from which droplets slowly develop. The nose is a bit jarring in its astringency, so I let the glass rest for a minute. When I return to continue my nosing, the dominant characteristic is now reminiscent of model airplane glue. The nose continues to be quite hot, which has me re-checking the ABV on the label. Things settle down a bit more after another minute, and now I can detect a good dose of oak followed closely by ripe melon, kiwi and figs. After the fruit comes caramel and a good amount of vanilla. It’s definitely improved with some oxidation, but the biting solvent quality manages to weave its way throughout the aromas.
As the rum washes over the palate, my perceptions shift from negative to positive. The bright entry is grounded by heavy oak tannins, and I’m able to enjoy the melon and caramel alongside the cinnamon, black pepper and orange zest. Subsequent sips yield flavors of dark cherry, figs and a bit of banana. The solvent quality (which in contrast to the aromas is diminished on the palate) is still present in-between sips, especially in the throat. As I stop to ponder the long finish, I determine it’s the oak tannins at the rear palate that dominate, followed by a hint of sweet caramel.
I really wanted to love this rum. I enjoyed the Neo when I tasted it at Bacardi in Coral Gables, and I figured the next rung on the ladder would yield better results. It would be incorrect to call Facundo Eximo “bad”, but I would be lying if I told you it was worth $65. When one considers the super premium rum landscape and its pricing structure, that statement becomes obvious. Better rums can be had for less than $40.
On to the scores:
- Appearance: 1/1
- Nose: 1/2
- Mouth feel: 1/1
- Taste: 3/4
- Aftertaste: 1.5/2
- Total Score: 7.5/10
Have you tried Facundo Eximo? I know several folks that quite enjoy this rum–it would be good to hear some other points of view!