Upon arrival we were introduced to Nicolas Villalon the Brugal Rum Brand Ambassador who offered up one of of three handmade cocktail choices; a Rum & Fever-Tree Tonic, a Rum Manhattan, and a Traditional Rum Daiquiri.
Shannon had the Rum & Tonic and I tried the Manhattan. Both handmade and both delicious. In fact, I went back to Nicolas to try the Daiquiri and again awesome.
|Craft Cocktails made by Nicolas|
Nicolas then gave us the rundown on the process that Brugal uses to make their Rum in the Dominican Republic. He gave us some great details on the process and how it is different from what we might consider more high volume Rum producers.
He then taught us the difference between tasting spirits and tasting wine. I clumsily stuck my nose in the glass and got blasted by nothing but alcohol. Rookie...
We were told about holding your nose close to the glass but breathing in through your mouth and nose to allow for the alcohol to dissipate slightly so you can literally taste the smell of the Rum. It was advice that worked perfectly. We then proceeded to sample the following:
The Especial Extra Dry (White Rum that isn't really white. It's barrel aged and then charcoal filtered three times which removes the colour)
The Anejo (A blend of aged Rums up to 5 years)
The Extra Viejo (XV has additional aging from 8 years and beyond)
The 1888 (This rum is aged in American oak then further aged in Sherry casks - the best one that we could afford at $71)
We were then treated to the following Special Rum:
Singlo De Oro (Special aged Rum that comes in at $130) - really, really nice but surprisingly we liked the 1888 better.
Nicolas then told us about an even more special Rum - The Brugal Family Grand Especial Private Stock (The BEST of the BEST from the Brugal Family stocks, only 500 bottles produced TOTAL - NS gets 3 at $1500.00 a bottle)
Such a cool experience in a really awesome atmosphere. Thanks again Celinda!
Keep on tasting!
Chris & Shannon