Our friends at Brugal weren’t happy with one white rum. Now they have two.
Brugal’s Especial Extra Dry looks frighteningly similar to last year’s white rum release, Blanco Especial, but they differ in a key way. The new Especial Extra Dry is aged for one more year (for a total of three years) before it is filtered and bottled as a white rum.
You’d think an extra year of aging would only improve things, but trying these side by side I found I prefered the sweetness and vanilla flavors in the younger Especial over the new Extra Dry. Here, some tannin creeps into the rum, giving it a very slight bitterness, some lightly vegetal notes that battle with the intense, vanilla-infused sweetness of this Dominican standby. Hence the Extra Day name, perhaps.
Don’t get me wrong, this is still a very good rum, just one that is slightly eclipsed by its baby brother.
UPDATE: Brugal emailed to let us know the older Brugal Especial expression will be going off the market in March or April of 2013. Drink it while you can!