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Old 10-28-2009, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default Just got back from the DR and visiting with Brugal

It was an interesting trip, which will be written up on my site as well as in Mutineer Magazine.

Got to tour the distillery as well as the aging and bottling facilities and spend some time with two of the Maestro Roneros.

The distillery tour wasn't overly exciting. It's a standard industrial rum operation with 3 column stills producing very light rum with very few cogeners in it. The most interesting part of the distillery tour for me was the information about what Brugal is doing to be more environmentally friendly, including reusing waste from the distillation process to generate fuel for operating their machinery.

The aging/bottling operation was more interesting for me. We got to sample out of the barrels - including some experimental stuff that I'm still waiting on the OK to talk about. It's a truly massive operation. I know it's nothing compared to the scale of Bacardi, but still an impressive sight.

We also got to try the family-only blend, Papa Andre - which is essentially the Brugal Siglo de Oro blend that is then recasked until the family decides it wants more. Delicious stuff.

The family is very proud of their rum - and they should be. They were also rather dismissive of all other Dominican rums - really only acknowledging Barcelo and seemingly unaware of any others.
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:21 PM   #2
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Sounds exciting!
i am glad that you had fun, and i look forward to reading about your adventures!
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Matt, where is the distillery located, I know they have a bottling plant in Puerto Plata? Many Dominican rums are a big mystery and little real information is available online.
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:50 PM   #4
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Matt, where is the distillery located, I know they have a bottling plant in Puerto Plata? Many Dominican rums are a big mystery and little real information is available online.
The distillery is just outside of Boca Chica - about 45 minutes from Santo Domingo, where I stayed for the first two nights.

It's true that the other Dominican rums are a big mystery. The people from Brugal, as I mentioned, admitted to not really knowing of many other rum makers on the island. One person even claimed that they were unaware of any other distilleries being on the island.

They had all heard of Barcelo, but most said that they had only very recently become aware of Matusalem and didn't seem to be able to name any others.
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Dood, great post. I always love hearing about Dominican rums. Papa Andre? It's the first I've heard of this one, but then again, it makes sense considering its a family-only recipe. Oh well!

I'm wondering, have you ever tried their rum called 'Unico'?
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Dood, great post. I always love hearing about Dominican rums. Papa Andre? It's the first I've heard of this one, but then again, it makes sense considering its a family-only recipe. Oh well!

I'm wondering, have you ever tried their rum called 'Unico'?
I did get to try Unico for the first time on the island. It's a rum liqueur, not a regular rum. It's actually pretty good. Vanilla and of course rather sweet. I'm not sure what, precisely I would use it for in drinks though. I'd have to spend some more time with it.
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I had a day in Boca Chica once during a rugby tour, had a great time with the local girls who were mainly of Haitian origin!! I remeber lots of beach bars and them closing off the main street at night for the pedestrians. Oh to be young again!!
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:03 PM   #8
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Interesting... One of my favorites in my collection is the Legendario Elixir (essentially a rum liqueur). It would be interesting to compare both. If they're similar, I would enjoy it with a little water or an ice cube.

Any idea on pricing in the DR? I'll be there in April. I'm also proud to say the concierge at my resort has already bought me a bottle of Siglo de Oro for when I arrive!!
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Sounds like an amazing trip. Looking forward to reading the article.
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This sounds like an awesome read, lookin forward to it. There was a member from the DR that was super informative. Think it was JC? He might be able to give you more info if needed. Cheers!
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