Price Point: $45 – $55 for 750 ML (700 ML pictured)
We can’t drink whiskey all the time, right? That’s why rum exists! Although whiskey is, and more than likely always will be, my go-to drink, I do enjoy mixing it up with rum once in a while.
Just ten short months ago, my wife and I celebrated our honeymoon in Punta Cana. I had tried Bacardi, Sailor Jerry, the Kraken, and an assortment of other rum portfolios, but I had never tried Dominican rum. The two main players down there are Barcelo and Brugal, each with a unique set of expressions from very cheap to ultra-premium. During one of our excursions, we were invited to visit a store with a very large assortment of rums. I wanted to bring something very special home, so we sprung for the most expensive bottle, at a huge cost of $40! Brugal 1888 was that bottle, and it certainly is special.
The nose on this rum immediately sets it apart. Rather than the typical cane sugar aroma of most rums, Brugal 1888 has the nose of a well-aged, oaky bourbon.
The taste of this stuff is just as impressive as the nose, with the expected coconut characteristic of a Caribbean rum and the unexpected taste of oak and vanilla. Brugal 1888 has a little bit of a bite, but overall it’s pretty smooth, which is expected because of its age and relatively low proof.
The bite is relatively brief on the finish, but the flavors stick around for a little while.
Rating & Recommendations
Brugal 1888 is a really spectacular rum, which is why I wanted it to be the first that I reviewed. I give it a rating of 91 out of 100 from me.
Something of this quality should be enjoyed neat; no exceptions.
If you’re looking for the best rum for your money, give Brugal 1888 a try. You won’t be disappointed.