Sorry we were a little late on this, but we run on island time. Every August 16th is National Rum Day. However, we’re betting no televised fireworks or presidential speech will be given. You have to celebrate this holiday at the Villa if you really want to enjoy it. Rums come in such a huge variety of flavors and brands that you could devote your entire life to the study of them. The Dominican Republic is famous for its rum, and your favorite among Dominican Republic villas, takes full advantage of this DR national treasure.

Brugal 1888

Brugal 1888 has long been considered the pride of the Dominican Republic. It has become a favorite of the Caribbean. In 2009, Wine Enthusiast awarded Brugal 1888 a score of 90-95. Brugal 1888 tastes like dark sugar, caramel, buttery toffee and a slight spice. In general, you can expect to pay $50 a bottle, but it tastes so flavorful that it will be worth every dollar. Compared to regular Brugal, this rum is darker and filled to the brim with Caribbean flavor. Brugal 1888 is a five-year-old rum also called Añejo. Brugal has 90 percent of the market in the Dominican Republic.

Bermudez 1852 Aniversario

Bermudez rum has been produced in the Dominican Republic since its founding. Additionally, the Bermudez distillery is the oldest commercial distillery in the Dominican Republic. This product only gets bottled once per year, and it has been aged for more than 12 years. Often, it is regarded as a little-known Dominican gem. It comes with elegant style out of a black box. Bermudez gets bottled at 40 percent alcohol. The rum is flavored with oak spices without a bitter aftertaste. Aside from the oak, you can taste sweet molasses and caramel. It comes in an amber brown color and a thick layer of oil will coat the side of your glass.

Barcelo Imperial

The wonderful buttery toffee will send your taste buds straight to heaven. Additional flavors include pears, brown spices and dried apples. It finishes with a blend of pepper and tobacco leaf. In 2008, Barcelo Imperial won the gold medal for Best in Category at the International Cane Spirits Festival.
These Dominican rums will have you cheering at the quality. Before the Dominican Republic will call a spirit rum, it must first mature for a year. Dominican rum usually gets made from molasses. In the Dominican Republic, the rums do not use numbering, so it can be difficult to tell the years of aging. However, they do use labels such as Añejo for a rum that is three to five years old, and they call it Gran Añejo for a rum that is four to six years old.