Brugal Extra Dry

Brugal Extra Dry Bottle-RG-OK

Product of:  Dominican Republic
Aged:  blend of rums aged 2-5 years
Price: $19.99 (SRP)
Alcohol: 40% ABV 
Sugar: 0-5 g/L 
(estimate)
Context: Premium White Rum
RG Rating:  9

Tasting Notes 
Very Smooth.  Color, you ask?  Why, there is none.  Brugal Extra Dry is perfectly transparent, all traces of it’s oak aging have been filtered away.  But in the glass, an array of legs form and run quickly; at a rate and quantity appropriately between those of unaged white rums and rums matured longer in oak.  When it comes to sniffing, despite it’s “Dry” moniker, Brugal’s aged premium white rum exhibits a momentary sweet bouquet on clean ethyl alcohol.  Then, aromas of oaken vanilla, butterscotch, mild caramel, subtle pear and coconut appear.  A sweet taste like fresh sugarcane greets the front of your tongue, proving that even with color filtered out, cane flavor survives.  Next, a  pleasantly medium weight body spreads flavors of mild vanilla and coconut across your palate.  The sipping experience ends quite dry with a the lingering finish. 

Brugal Dry Girl 1 - B

Anecdotes 
Extra Dry will replace Blanco in Brugal’s portfolio.  An attractive marketing campaign emphasizing the Dry characteristic is underway already - as displayed by one of the “Brugal Dry Girls” who appear at company parties and VIP events.  

Brugal Extra Dry is a blend of rums aged between two and five years in White American Oak, used Bourbon casks. All of Brugal’s rums are fermented and distilled to ~95% ABV in Santo Domingo in the southern part of the DR, then hauled by tanker for barrel aging in Puerto Plata on the northern part of the island.  The rums are distilled from a wash of fermented molasses derived from sugarcane grown exclusively in the Dominican Republic.  The fermented wash is passed through Brugal’s column still twice.  For aging, the spirit is diluted 65% ABV with mountain spring water from Puerto Plata, then rested, sealed and untouched for two-to-five years in used oak bourbon barrels.  Finally, Extra Dry is triple filtered to remove the amber color imparted by the oak barrels.

Opinion 
Brugal Extra Dry makes a fine, classic daiquiri - only dry.  I consider it the Caribbean analogue to a dry martini; yet it seems more elegant and eminently more flavorful.  Extra Dry is the more upscale rum – and represents Brugal’s entry into the exclusively tiny club of excellent aged white rums.  None of them offer Brugal’s unique dry formula however.  So when the drinks forecast calls for dry, nothing but Brugal’s Extra Dry will satisfy.  

Reviewed:  June 2012 at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017