On February 4, 2012, to celebrate Bacardí’s 150th anniversary, company chairman Facundo L. Bacardí—the great-great-grandson of founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó—proposed sharing the family’s private rum reserves with the rest of the world. The ultimate expression of the four rums that were created was Paraíso ($250), which means “paradise”: a blend of rums aged 23 to 25 years representing some of the oldest in the Bacardí cellars. A few younger rums were also added to help tame the powerful flavors. This rum was then finished in XO Cognac barrels. Its multiple layers of chocolate, very dark caramel and toasted walnuts demand that this rarity be savored in a snifter.