About Dominican Spirits

About Dominican Spirits
The sprit industry in the Dominican Republic centers around rum; given the importance of sugar can in the nation's economy, this is a natural. There are numerous styles, from extra dry, which is clear, aged for two to five years in oak casks to riserva, that are aged for a few years more, usually in sherry casks, which imparts a tawny or amber color. A few of these older rums are aged for 25-30 years.

Dominican rum has tantalizing flavors of roasted nuts, toffee, honeycomb, coffee and praline. The offer excellent complexity, with the younger offerings displaying fruit overtones, while the older examples display a long, elegant finish with dried leaf and tobacco notes. These are voluptuous rums.

Top Picks for Dominican Republic

Dubar Imperial Premium Blend Rum
94 points
Light dark amber color. Aromas of apple skin and salted toasty nuts with a round, lively, medium-to-full body and a peppery, intricate, long candied apricot, rice pudding, vanilla custard, and hot peppers finish. A super mellow and complex rum to desire.
94 points $39.99
Barnacles Gran Reserva 12 Years Aged Rum
91 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of butterscotch, chocolate-dipped banana, canelé, roasted mango, and copper pot with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, long orange marmalade, cedar smoke, allspice, and pickled apricot finish. A slightly funky, copper-pot-kissed rum with sultry fruit and and outgoing personality.
91 points $39.99
Dubar Imperial Rum
91 points
Copper color. Attractive aromas of caramel, honey roasted macadamia nuts, sesame candy, and cider apple with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length leather, almond paste, tobacco, and caramel-cheesecake finish. A silky rum with kisses of caramel sweetness; rich and nutty.
91 points $39.99
Bacoo Natural Cafe Rum
90 points
Best Buy
Deep mahogany color. Sweet aromas and flavors of coffee gelato, vanilla-caramel, and sourdough crust with a glycerous, soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of toasted pound cake, leather, and cappuccino finish. A sweet and creamy coffee-flavored rum for after dinner cocktails.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum
90 points
Amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of walnut fudge, chocolate-covered cherries, cola, and coffee yogurt with an oily, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish with notes of chocolate malt milkshake, flamed orange peel, and creme brulee finish. An outgoing rum that will be a nice sweet sipper or creative cocktail base.
90 points $39.99
Dos Ron 8 Años Solera Aged Rum
90 points
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of sassafras float with mocha ice cream, cashew brittle, chocolate-coconut soufflé, and dried stone fruit and alfalfa with a satiny, soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, elegant, long finish displaying accents of vanilla custard on tropical fruits, hint of caramelized fennel, and orange cola finish. A soft and elegantly styled sipping rum.
90 points $34.99
Papa’s Pilar Bourbon Barrel Finished Overproof Rum
89 points
Copper color. Confected aromas of black forest cake, orange marmalade, pecan frosting, chocolate biscuit, and stewed strawberry with a round, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length chocolate genache, French cruller donut, poached apricots and mango, and grand Marnier finish. A rich, smooth rum with lots of sweet bakery notes; a decadent liquid hug.
89 points $46.99
Bacoo 8 Year Old Rum
89 points
Bright dark amber color. Sweet aromas of caramel sauce, vanilla soft serve, saffron gelato, and rose water with a creamy, crisp, fruity medium body and a medium-length rum soaked raisin and grape nuts cereal, chocolate fudge, honey covered cedar, and black tea finish. A luscious aged rum with body that can stand up to stirred cocktails.
89 points $24.99
Bacoo 12 Year Old Rum
89 points
Brilliant bronze color. Aromas and flavors of toasted fig bread, spiced chocolate pistachio toffee, tres leche cake, and creme brulee with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, long finish with notes of sarsaparilla with spumoni gelato, pink peppercorn, hint of bitter bark and roots, and honeyed espazote finish. An interesting, lightly herbal aged rum that will be fun in creative cocktails like an amaro daiquiri.
89 points $29.99
Bacoo 3 Year Old White Rum
88 points
Slivery straw color. Sweet aromas and flavors of coconut cream, caramelized bananas, ripe mango, clove, and spumoni with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with nuances of candied lime finish. A sweet and slightly candied rum that will make tasty daiquiris and friendly mixed drinks.
88 points $18.99