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

Motörhead Premium Dark Rum
96 points
$35
Bronze color. Aromas of madeira cake, chicory, nuts in molasses, cappuccino, and toffee with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, elegant, very long roasted coffee bean, sweet tea, cacao nib, roasted mango on molasses cookie, carob, and melange of baking spices. finish. A rich, flavor-packed rum brimming with a delicious combination of power and grace; drink this.
Kiss Detroit Rock Rum
91 points
$45
Dark copper color. Aromas of allspice, black peppercorns, jamon iberico, brown sugar, candied ginger, and roasted chestnuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, complex, very long chess pie, bananas foster, quince, and green leaves finish. An estery, character-rich Rum that tingles on the tongue with complex spice, fruit and funk notes.
Barnacles Gran Reserva 12 Years Aged Rum
91 points
$39.99
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
$39.99
Rum
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 11 Year Old Series #1 Sherry Cask Finish Rum
90 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted almond, raisins, black banana, molasses cookies, and leather with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish displaying impressions of praline and nut-studded fudge finish. Sip or mix this rum for mature rum character that delights the palate.
90 points $39.99
Bacoo Natural Cafe Rum
90 points
$19.99
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
Matusalem Gran Reserva 23-Year-Old Rum
89 points
$56.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of seasoned oak, dark caramel, candy corn, and charred pineapple with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long cacao nibs, almond nougat, nutmeg, dried cherries, leather, and creme brulée finish. A smooth and forgiving rum with decadent, creamy flavor that’s pleasingly dry and sippable.
89 points $56.99
Bacoo 3 Year Old White Rum
88 points
$18.99
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
Barnacles Signature Blend 8 Years Aged Rum
86 points
$33.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark caramel, vanilla cola, toasted pecan, and gingerbread with a glycerous, bright, off-dry medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with accents of black tea finish. A dessert-like, silky-smooth rum with big notes of warming vanilla; excellent for winter-month cocktails or spicy ginger beer highballs.
86 points $33.99
Matusalem Gran Reserva 15-Year-Old Rum
85 points
$28.99
Amber color. Aromas of toasted cinnamon roll, black tea, orange zest, vanilla-caramel, and cedar with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length roasted pineapple, marcona almond, spiced fig, and pencil shavings finish. A solid rum that will suit most any classic rum cocktail.
85 points $28.99