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
$19.99
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
$39.99
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
$125
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
$45
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
$39.99
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
$34.99
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
Tremols Mamajuana
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Electric crimson color. Bold, spicy, peppery exotic aromas of cracked pepper, toasted herbs and spices, powdered ginger and ginseng, and turmeric cedar and eucalyptus incense with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long double mint gum, root beer float, herbal hibiscus tea, and simple syrup finish. A fun and rather unique spiced rum that opens up a world of cocktail possibilities.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Papa’s Pilar Bourbon Barrel Finished Overproof Rum
89 points
$46.99
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
$19.99
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
$24.99
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