I recently did some experimenting with amontillado sherry and Dominican Republic rum. While I do not drink it nearly often enough, sherry might be my favorite wine – it has amazing complex flavors. Rum of course is something I ingest rather more than my fair share of. It seemed efficient to try to combine my rum and sherry drinking, hopefully to the benefit of both liquids.
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I meant to post this weeks ago. . .
While in the Dominican Republic I spotted a magazine article saying that Bermudez rums were in the process of being launched in the United States for the first time. The Bermudez rums are pretty good. The Bermudez Aniversario 1852 ended up being the bottle I took out of the country with me. Yes, I even picked it over the Brugal Extra Viejo!
I have no idea if Bermudez will be made available throughout the whole of the United States. The article only mentions North Carolina. What do I know anyway? Perhaps Bermudez has been available in the U.S. for years and a new distributor is simply creating some publicity for themselves?
However, just in case there is somebody in the United States who read about Bermudez rum on this blog, wants Bermudez rum, and cannot find Bermudez rum, here are the contact details of the importer:
Maybe somebody can import this stuff to New Zealand?
Rum in the Dominican Republic is about more than just Brugal. Besides the omnipresent giant there are a host of other producers, including Barcelo, Bermudez, Don Rhon, Macorix and Siboney. You just have to look a little harder to find their products. In this tasting I focus on aged offerings from producers other than Brugal.
Today I finally made it to the Brugal Rum Distillery. Heading into Puerto Plata from the direction of Sosua (or the Puerto Plata airport) the hard-to-miss facility lies on your right, sitting on the outskirts of town and between the main road and the sea.
Yesterday was supposed to see me head from Sosua to Puerto Plata to tour the Brugal Distillery. Unfortunately a hurricane blowing across the island messed up my plans. The heavens opened during breakfast, and leaving the hotel suddenly seemed a very bad idea. Even leaving the restaurant was going to mean getting very wet. The Brugal tour would have to wait until Monday.
The weather settled a little in the afternoon, and I took advantage of the break in the rain to hop in a shared taxi to Caberete, a smaller settlement several kilometers down the road. I had heard a rumor that beside the Caberete petrol station was a shop stocking Siglo de Oro and selling it at non-extortionate prices.
I first tasted Brugal rum in Shanghai, when Austrian mixologist Markus Bernthaler (formerly of Taras) all too briefly had a bottle of the Extra Viejo stashed on his top shelf. The Brugal Extra Viejo proved amazingly smooth and cognacy. It was a rum unlike anything I had tasted before. I dropped back a couple of times with friends so they could have a taste too, and before long the bottle was gone. (more…)
I am now in the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo to be precise. Santo Domingo is a rough-around-the-edges sort of a place. The initial impression was lousy. Who appreciates arriving near midnight after delayed flights with no hotel booked, getting dumped by a taxi driver in a run-down area of town with no street lighting, discovering nobody speaks English and your Spanish teachers were a pack of lousy scam artists, and finally ending up in a roach-infested doss house called “El Refugio de Pirata”. No, really. That’s what it was called. I couldn’t make this stuff up. (more…)