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Ron Barcelo Imperial Dominican Rum

Ron Barceló Imperial
Dominican Rum


By Robert Plotkin

Founded in 1930 near the city of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Ron Barceló is one of the most highly esteemed distillers in all of the Caribbean. The distillery's fame is based on numerous factors, not the least of which is that it crafts its rums from freshly pressed sugarcane juice rather than molasses, which is more commonly used to make rum. Another reason for its preeminence is that Barceló cultivates its own sugarcane and maintains extremely high quality controls. Most other rum distillers source their sugarcane on the open market. One sip of superpremium Ron Barceló Imperial will undoubtedly confirm that the better the sugarcane, the better the resulting rum.

Critically acclaimed Ron Barceló Imperial is a blend of column-distilled rums aged up to 10 years in charred American oak barrels. The result is an 80-proof, dark copper colored spirit with a full, velvety textured body and a captivating floral and fruit bouquet. Its soft, gentle entry expands quickly filling the mouth with the lip-smacking flavors of caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, roasted almonds and tropical fruit. The finish is long and luxurious, similar in complexity to an alembic brandy. A postprandial masterpiece.

Bottled in limited quantities, Ron Barceló 30 Aniversario Imperial Premium Blend is a blend of private reserve rums matured in charred American white oak barrels that are made from select cuts of wood with different degrees of roasting. The blend is then finished in Château d'Yquem casks. The 80-proof rum has a deep amber/copper hue, a lush medium-weight body and a generous nose of tanned leather, dark chocolate, vanilla and red fruit. Its long-lasting palate is a complex affair, a layered offering of brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, hints of citrus and espresso coffee. The Aniversario presents an elegant experience from start to lingering finish.

Ron Barceló Gran Añejo is a blend of rums aged in charred American white oak barrels up to 6 years. The sublime, amber/gold rum sports a wafting bouquet of spice, coffee, dark chocolate and roasted coffee. It has a gentle entry that rapidly fills the mouth with fresh, bakery-like flavors. Brimming with character, this añejo is tailor-made for drink-making.

The same can be said for Ron Barceló Gran Platinum. The crystal clear rum is a gran añejo aged in ex-bourbon barrels for up to 6 years. After aging, the rum is filtered to strip out its wood-induced colors and to attain essential purity.

The Dominican Republic may well be the most ideal place in the Caribbean to grow sugar cane and handcraft rum. Ron Barceló serves to prove the case.