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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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