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.