Review: Brugal Extra Viejo Rum (2009)

Review: Brugal Extra Viejo Rum (2009)


The Dominican Republic’s biggest-selling rum arrives in a new incarnation (well, new to the U.S. anyway): “Extra Viejo,” or “Extra Old.”

This bottling is a blend of older rums — no age statement is given — but age is certainly in mind when one sips this spirit.

Deep brown in color, the nose is immediately redolent of coffee and tobacco, but as it aerates that intensity tends to dissipate. The body offers notes much in line with the aroma — light coffee, vanilla, and a touch of smoke. The finish is clean and not at all boozy or bitter, as many rums can be. It is one of few rums I have no problems drinking at room temperature, but it works on the rocks and as a stellar cocktail ingredient, too.

Best of all: Since Brugal Extra Viejo is so inexpensive, it’s one that I wouldn’t mind using freely as a mixer. Want a top shelf rum and Coke? Go ahead, knock yourself out.

80 proof.


Brugal Extra Viejo Rum




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Edoc on July 31, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I have yet to see this on the shelves anywhere, despite the fact that Brugal Viejo is readily found.

    • Robert A. Jansen on June 2, 2022 at 11:40 am

      Best rum in the world. In Dutch: as if an angel pisses on your tongue…

  2. Saleemah McCord on August 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I have a bottle of this like in the picture and need to sell it. Don’t know how much it is worth.

  3. Christopher Null on August 31, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    It is worth $25 if you are run a liquor store.

  4. Edoc on March 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I bought a bottle of this a few months ago, and I’m sad to say that l this rum disappointed me. As a fan of rum, I really wanted to like this (I really like dominican rums in particular). The nice vanilla carmel notes are there, to be sure, but there’s also a distinct chemical taste which I don’t care for. Almost if there’s highly mineralized or chlorinated water in the bottle. As much as I wanted to like it, I was unimpressed by its sippability and it’s not a very good mixer either.

  5. Christopher Null on March 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Edoc – interesting, i’ve not encountered anything like that in two bottles from different years of production

  6. PFreiling on March 31, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    So related to this exact Rum, I have a question. Back in the spring of 1988 (which I now understand is the 100th anniversary of the Brugal), my wife and I went to Puerto Plata for our honeymoon and we toured that factory while we were there. We bought one of the “just bottled” bottles of this Rum that day as they said it was one of their more expensive rums (we paid $3 for it then). We promised each other we would open it up for our 25th anniversary. Well, our 25th Anniversary is next month (April 30th) and this bottle is waiting to be opened.

    A couple questions. Would this 25 year old bottle be worth anymore than any other vintage / year? Should it still taste as good as it would have if we had opened it that week? We have lost about an inch of the spirit (Angel’s Share) after all these year.

  7. Christopher Null on March 31, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Pfreiling – Congrats on your anniversary. To answer your questions the best I can: It may have value to a rum collector, but rum does not have a very vibrant resale market the way whiskey does, so there’s no way to know for sure. 25 years may not be old enough to merit a huge bump in value. It should indeed taste the same, or nearly so, particularly if it is still sealed. An inch of loss to evaporation isn’t bad — though I should note the angel’s share only happens in cask… once it hits the bottle, the spirit may indeed go to the angels, but their share has already been exacted. At that point it’s more of a bonus.

    • PFreiling on March 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Well thank you for the grats and also the information. I didn’t realize the angels share was only what was lost in the barrel. But I sorta figured it would not have any great appreciated value. Personally I am a Canadian Whiskey lover myself but we bought the Rum then because it was an opportunity for $3 :)

  8. John on April 17, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    This rum will not disappoint you it is excellent!

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