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Distilled Spirits: Brugal Anejo Rum, Spirit of The Dominican Republic

Brugal Anejo is a 5 year old Dominican rum. The company was founded by Andrés Brugal Montaner. The majority of the board members are actually descendants of Montaner. Brugal is the market-leading rum in the Dominican Republic and is now a familiar sight in bars up and down the US after being taken on by a major drinks distributor. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out.


Tasting Notes

The nose is full of caramel and dark brown sugar, buttery toffee and a little spice with pepper and vanilla. The palate is smooth and rich and rather dry with buttery spice notes and dark sugar, a little oak. The finish is of good length with dark sugar.


Suggested Recipe

Comfortable in Hispaniola

1 1/4 ounce Brugal Anejo
3/4 ounce of Southern Comfort
3/4 ounce Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon sugar syrup

Mix the ingredients in a metal shaker until frosted
Strain into a suitable cocktail glass
Add Ice



Brugal was founded by Andres Brugal Montener in 1888. Andres was a Spanish émigré in Cuba, and it was in Cuba that he learnt the methods of rum production. He emigrated to Puerto Plata, a province in the Dominican Republic, where he set up the business proper. A great number of Cuban immigrants were travelling to Puerto Plata to work the sugar cane fields and they proffered a ready workforce. Andre’s grandchildren built the company into the third largest rum producer after Captain Morgan and, of course, Bacardi. Brugal rum is produced in the traditional style and matured in American white oak barrels. Today, rather than by Cubans, the fields are worked by working class Dominicans and Haitians. They command a comparatively low wage. Varying varieties of rum are produced by Brugal, including several aged expressions and a famed white rum, reputed to be the purest from the Dominican Republic.

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