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
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Mamajuana Fruit Liqueur
Brilliant neon amber orange color. Peppery, herbal aromas and flavors of cracked mixed peppercorns, dried Latin herbs, spiced dried fruits, and nopales with an oily, sweet body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length creamed honey, vanilla cream, and epazote finish. A very interesting, peppery herbal liqueur that will make creative cocktails.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Prince Edward Rum Cream
Creamy tan color. Delicate, nutty aromas and flavors of nut brittle, maple fudge, egg nog, and tres leche cake with a silky, soft, very sweet medium-full body and a smooth, stimulating, breezy banana cream pie, delicate spice, and brandied cherries finish. A fun and flavorful cream liqueur.
88 points $13.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Sambucca
Brilliant slivery straw color. Herbal aromas of candied aniseed, oregano, and lemongrass with a syrupy, crisp, very sweet medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length dried orange peel and cinnamon finish. A lingering anise liqueur to add intrigue to cocktails, or as an after-dinner offering.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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White Vermouth
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of gooseberries, melon salad, fruit punch, and persimmon with a round, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, medium-length bitter apple and dried papaya finish. A fruity vermouth for warm weather cocktails.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Amaretto
Brilliant amber color. Aromas of glace cherries, almond extract, and apricot kernel with a glycerous, crisp, very sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long sweet nutmeg finish. A cherry-forward amaretto with wide appeal.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Piña Colada Cream Liqueur
Creamy white color. Delicate, buttery, creamy confected funky aromas of coconut cream, dried pineapple, and cream cheese with a creamy, shy, sweet medium body and an even, interesting, breezy pineapple yogurt, overripe papaya, and coconut sorbet and oil finish. A soft, piña colada liqueur.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Coco Fruit Liqueur
Clear color. Bright, tropical aromas of coconut husk and meat, vanilla candle, and wicker with a glycerous, bright, sweet body and a tingling, relaxed coconut-pineapple lozenge and marshmallow finish. A solid, sweet coconut liqueur for mixing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Limón Fruit Liqueur
Clear color. Delicate, citrusy aromas of lemon-lime soda and lemon pepper with a satiny, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk diet lemon sparkling and tonic waters and whipped cream finish. A mellow lemon-lime liqueur for mixing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab