About Rum and Cane Spirits from Dominican Republic

About Rum  and  Cane Spirits from Dominican Republic
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

Rum and Cane Spirits

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 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
Summum Rum Reserva Especial
93 points
$25
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of maraschino cherry, malted toffee, egg nog, and spice cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a delicate warming, creamy, spicy finish. An elegant balanced and flavorful rum.
Tremols Ron Blanco Reserva Unica Rum
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Pale slivery straw color. Mild, fruity aromas of banana custard and praline with a supple, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, relaxed coconut creme brulee, watermelon taffy, delicate peppery spices, and minerals finish. A silky and well balanced rum that is sure to please.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Summum Rum Malt Whisky Finished
91 points
$35
Old gold color. Aromas of yuzu, pine blossom, and exotic tropical citrus with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a five spice, nougat, and sarsaparilla float accented finish. Very distinctive and exotically flavorful; Will be great in Asian style cocktails.
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
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
Bacoo 12 Year Old Rum
89 points
$29.99
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 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
Tremols Ron Añejo 1960 Reserva Aniversario Rum
89 points
$14.50
Best Buy
Dusty amber color. Mild, attractive aromas and flavors of toffee, tobacco, dried fruits, and sandalwood with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length vanilla cream, banana custard, roasted nuts, and delicate spices finish. A solid aged rum with nice drinkability; will appeal to whisky drinkers.
89 points $14.50 Best Buy
Kirk and Sweeney 12 Year Old Rum
89 points
$40
Rich copper color. Aromas of nut brittle, mocha, and brown spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, roasted coconut and banana creme brulee accented finish. A very nice sipper or mixing rum.