Dominican Republic Rum worth bringing back ?
I will spend a couple of days doing not much in the Dominican Republic.
Is there some good rum worth bringing back ?
The only thing available in Montreal (provincial monopoly) is "Ron Barcelo Gran Anejo rhum ambré". ($28/750ML).
Is this good ? and is it worth it to look for something better ?
I did some research on this topic for a friend earlier this year and wasn't able to find much -- the best resource I discovered was this site: http://www.colonialzone-dr.com/produc...
Unfortunately that site is definitely not comprehensive. I know it's missing at least one rum from DR, Vizcaya. Probably best to ask some locals when you're there.
By the way, that site lists a rum that I haven't seen in the US, Ron Bermudez. Please report back if you try it or any other interesting brands. My friend ended up going to a resort and drank Bacardi the whole time so I didn't get any useful information :-(
BTW I have a bottle of Ron Barcelo Imperial which is quite nice, and fairly inexpensive. Not sure how it compares to the Gran Anejo but it might be worth sampling.
Have a great trip!
Eastern Standard in Boston has Ron Bermudez on their shelves and use it in for one of their drinks. Which means that the same distributors could get it into liquor stores.
As for Brugal products (StriperGuy's rec below), unless you can get them for well below market price there or get a different product not offered here, they are incredibly abundant and it would be easier just to save the effort and buy them here. Not as good of a story, but less hassle.
I'm a big fan of Brugal Anejo and Brugal Extra Anejo, both from the DR. Very delicate flowery rum. Great for sipping with an ice cube or two.
Also you are on the same Island as Haiti and might be able to scare up some of the Barbancourt products as well.