Although a lot has changed since the times of the company founder, Don Andrés Brugal, who arrived at the Dominican Republic in 1888, the Brugal family are still making their rum in exactly the same way.
From the plantation to the bottle, each drop is distilled, filtered and matured by the family, which makes for a fresh, dry rum with a difference. Today’s Maestro Roneros, or Master Blenders, are the 4th and 5th generation of the Brugal family. They have been perfecting the molasses for the production of their rums for 125 years, so they know the process through and through. All their rums are double distilled in the town of San Pedro de Macorix. The rums mature in various types of casks, carefully selected by the cellar master. While maturing, the rum acquires the colour and flavours from the casks.
Brugal Extra Viejo Reserva Familiar is a premium rum that matured for up to 8 years in American oak ex-bourbon casks. It is somewhat reminiscent of a cognac in flavour. Its bouquet offers notes of oak, dried fruits, almonds, cocoa, vanilla, orange peel, caramel and molasses. On the palate, there are notes of vanilla, caramel, some honey, spices and cocoa, with a hint of pepper on the finish.