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

Bacoo 5 Year Old Rum
94 points
Best Buy
Light copper color. Candied, funky aromas and flavors of caramel, soft papaya, hearts of palm, and banana with an oily, soft, off-dry full body and a warming, interesting, long finish with notes of nut butter, toffee, and pineapple cake finish. A rich mouthfeel and desert-like flavors shine in this aged rum.
Awards: 2017 Best Dark Rum
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
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
Barceló Imperial 30 Aniversario
93 points
Bright amber color. Oaky, attractive aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and wood, chocolate espresso bean, banana maple buttercream, turmeric, and smoked paprika and tobacco in a wood pipe with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, long finish that exhibits notes of caramel buttercream, pencil shavings, and sweet and peppery spiced finish. A superbly supple and complex sipping -style dark rum that is sure to please.
Awards: 2018 Top 5 Dark Rum
Ron Dubar Imperial Premium Blend Rum
91 points
Medium amber color. Artificial, creamy aromas and flavors of mocha milkshake, banana and coconut cream pies, berry buttercream, and cedar with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long finish manifesting nuances of toasted fruit nut cake, rich brown spices, straw and minerals, and pink pepper finish. A satiny and sensual dark rum that entices and delights.
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 Natural Cafe Rum
89 points
Best Buy
Dull reddish mahogany color. Attractive aromas of circus peanuts, caramel macchiato, banana sundae with chocolate fudge, nuts and cherries, and banana peel with a satiny, bright, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long spumoni gelato, coconut latte, and pepper dust finish. An attractive coffee rum with a nice combination of flavor, restraint, and tingle.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
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