While preparing for a tour that would take me from southern California to northern Washington (and back again), Bacardi's "sipping" rum appeared on my doorstep. Too good to keep for myself, I quickly decided to share the Paraiso with everyone I visited during the coastal trip. While socializing and catching up, the rum's excellence actually ended up dominating every conversation as I probed for opinions and feedback.
This is a rum you should appreciate slowly and deliberately, making sure to really take in its pleasant nose and complex flavoring. Upon initial tastings, Facundo Paraiso set itself above every other rum I have personally tried. Usually with a new spirit you want to see how it fares being mixed to create a craft cocktail, but that's not the case here. At no point will you find yourself thinking anything could be gained by blending this incredible rum with any other ingredient — I'd go as far as to say it would be blasphemous, since adding a sugary mixer would eliminate the subtle notes of marzipan, hazelnut, oak and vanilla.