I have used different Brugal rums for years especially when I am entertaining large groups of people. The quality and flavorful consistency guarantees I know what flavor experience I am offering my guests. At the Rum Renaissance Festival this year I attended a seminar and tasting led by Gustavo Ortega Brugal and decided I wanted to expand my knowledge of the brand. I am excited that they are bringing a new rum to market called 1888 and look forward to trying it in the future.
Brugal Anejo is dark gold rum that is easily spotted in the stores due to the net wrapping the bottle and the bold labeling. It sealed with a screw top cap with the net knotted on top. In the bottle and glass it has a medium amber color.
As I poured into the glass there was a heavy floral scent, oak, and char. After I let it breathe I picked up light hints of vanilla as the oak notes strengthened.
I took the first sip and along with the alcohol burn, tasted a bit of caramel, molasses, oak, and fruit (possibly banana). There is peppery bite at the finish with a medium alcohol burn on the throat. There is a smoky oak after taste that slowly fades.
Brugal Anejo is a dry rum with a definitive alcohol bite. It is really fun ingredient rum for cocktails and especially punch. Pineapple or Orange juice is great for counter balancing the wood notes and smoothing out the edges. If you drink it neat, expect a rough little ride, add water and note how the edges soften and other flavors are revealed. Then mix with your favorite juice and note the transformation. Neat I have to give this rum a 6. However considering how it augments juices and cocktails I give it a 7.5. Take your time and play with this rum. You will not be disappointed.