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Old 09-26-2008, 04:33 PM   #1
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I just found out that I have a co-worker leaving this weekend for the Dominican Republic. I have 1 hour to get a recommendation for rum from there. Any suggestions? I like Zacapa 23, Mt. Gay XO, El Dorado 15, Pampero Anniv., Admiral Rodney, Doorley's XO, and similar rums. Any suggestions for something native to the DR that are similar in taste?
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Old 09-26-2008, 04:44 PM   #2
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Previous discussions have recommended Brugal Siglo de Oro and Extra Viejo, Cubaney15, 18, 21 or 25 and similar rums from Ophtimus (both from Oliver and Oliver). Bunnyhugs spent a considerable time there recently and wrote about the experience on this forum and his own site.
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Old 09-26-2008, 05:07 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input Michael! I've requested a bottle of Brugal Siglo de Oro if he comes across it in his travels, and a bottle of anything else if he doesn't.
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Old 09-26-2008, 05:40 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input Michael! I've requested a bottle of Brugal Siglo de Oro if he comes across it in his travels, and a bottle of anything else if he doesn't.
If your buddy is going to the DR. You should have him bring you back rum that was made in the DR. First off these rums are fantastic rums, Ron Barcelo Imperial, Vizcaya, etc. those are some premium sippers. But more importantly these rums can be bought for dirt cheap! So you buddy will get a better bang for your buck that way. In other words, i would much rather get 3 bottles of Vizcaya or Ron Barcelo imperial than one bottle of Zacapa.
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Old 09-26-2008, 06:39 PM   #5
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The rums I mentioned above are all DR rums, difficult and/or expensive to obtain in the US. The wonderful Barceló Imperial would be cheaper in the DR, but is readily available in most parts of the U.S., as is Vizcaya. Is Vizcaya available in the DR, or is it export only, like Ron Matusalem?
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Old 09-27-2008, 10:30 AM   #6
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I'd suggest Brugal Extra Viejo or Bermudez 1852, mainly because they are both good and extremely easy to find.

Get Siglo De Oro if you can find it at a good price. Just finding the stuff is a minor mission though, and you are most likely to see it in a tourist shop for 3,000 pesos or more. Given that it can be had in a local supermarket for 1,500 (ok, assuming you find it), the tourist price feels like a rip off.

As for the other suggestions (Cubaney etc.), I doubt your friend would be able to find them. I am interested in rum, stayed in the DR several weeks, looked in every liquor store, supermarket and bar, and never saw these rums. They must be distributed in only a handful of shops, be seasonal, or perhaps be primarily for export.
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Barcelo, Bermudez, Brugal, Don Rhon and Macorix are the easiest to find in the DR, after that it gets difficult. I have friends and staff that visit regularly and trying to get anything else prooves difficult, although I did get a bottle of Sibonney Dorado recently. All the above mentioned rums have good versions available. Barcelo Aсejo is my all time favourite mixer. The other rums mentioned like Vizcaya, Matusalem, Cubaney and Cohiba don't appear to available in the domestic market.
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If your buddy is going to the DR. You should have him bring you back rum that was made in the DR. First off these rums are fantastic rums, Ron Barcelo Imperial, Vizcaya, etc. those are some premium sippers. But more importantly these rums can be bought for dirt cheap! So you buddy will get a better bang for your buck that way. In other words, i would much rather get 3 bottles of Vizcaya or Ron Barcelo imperial than one bottle of Zacapa.
I doubt that Vizcaya is available in DR. I think you'll find it's bottled for US distribution, as is the new Atlantico.
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Old 10-01-2008, 05:16 PM   #9
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Brugal is very cheap and taste quite nice
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Old 10-03-2008, 04:45 PM   #10
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Here in Dominican Republic, Cubaney, Opthimus, Matusalem, Vizcaya, Atlantico are not available in domestic market, only duty free, even Brugal siglo de oro itґs hard to find, There are an intend to introduce the Opthimus here but Oliver & Oliver is seeking distributors for the high profile market, the Dominican market itґs a very complex market dominated 80% for Brugal, you can locate here Macorix, Barcelo, Bermudez, Don Rhon, Ciboney etc.
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