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Smell is ok.
Taste is ok.
Aftertaste is ok.
Bought for me but my wife from Spain...glad she did. Easy drinking and smooth on the palate...bottle finished:(
Only a bit sharp at the beginning, but smooths out. Notes of vanilla and cinnamon.
Has flavors of caramelized sugar, toffee, and sticky dried fruits. Good for whiskey drinkers
Circumstances play a lot, just left my barber , great place, nice haircut and beardsculpture .quite some nice rums (and other spirits too). Tasted the Brutal 1888. Not bad, not bad at all, u set the circumstances but won't run to the liquor shop to buy me a bottle. No distinct taste or nose. Just ok...
Jedna z klasik. Za ty penize super piti. Trochu ostrejsi. Nic pro cubky
Pleasant enough with dried leafy, raisiny flavors with a hint of caramel.
A mild spice on the tongue and a sight burn in the nose it makes a fair sipper.
8 με 9 ..... Ωραίο ρούμι !!!!! Τόσο γλυκό όσο πρέπει με μακρυά επίγευση καραμέλας χωρίς όμως να είναι πολύ γλυκό όσο άλλα ρούμια. ( θετικό) και ωραία μύτη. Σίγουρα πάνω από 8 ........ Άπλα ίσως να έχω επηρεαστεί από την πολύ ωραία χτεσινή παρέα που μπορεί να απογειώσει τις αισθήσεις αλλά και οποιοδήποτε ποτό πίνεις. !!!!!! Επιφυλάσσομαι για διόρθωση της βαθμολογίας (προς το καλλίτερο) !!!!!!!!!!
Nice sipper over ice. A slight burn without ice but totally smooth with ice no need to ruin it with a mixer. It's a nice dominican blend aged for 8 years in ex bourbon in brick house and a second aging in ex-sherry casks for 6 years in brick houses. Nice fruity and slightly sweetened, can taste the flavours from both barrels coming through a slight smoky smoothness from the bourbon and a fruity raisin caramel finish. Wonderful
Didnt know what to expect on tbis one, picked it up on a whim.
Overall it is pretty light in nose and body, only reason I gave it a 7 and not an 8. That being said, i like the profile of it. Starts off sweet, definitely molases amd sugar on the front end. But the sweetness melts away fast into some bananna and a hint of oak, which really makes this a good one to enjoy neat IMO. Nothing stands out, nothing is overpowering, no bitter finish. Will likely be a regular for me.
Too much alcohol in aroma. Good taste with sweet tones but short aftertaste.
Some Oak and banana for sure, without overpowering sweetness. Priced appropriate.
This is part of a rum Advent calendar from my son. Small but adequate tasting amount.
Terrific nose. Fresh, not alcoholic, lots of floral notes.
Beautiful balance, all flavor and a finish that slides right off the tongue. Not hugely complex, no huge spice, but REALLY nice sipping. I disagree on the "no sweetness" comments I've read. There isn't much, but...just enough. I origionally put this at 8, but am going for 9 (realy wanting 8.5). This is a great rum!
I finally came around and bought a bottle of this when I saw it for a good price in the classic blue box/bottle combo which has now been discontinued. Its definitively Dominican rum with the same grassy/tropical dew backbone as rums like Kirk&Sweeney or Ron Matusalem. With that said I really disliked K&S 12 and really liked Matusalem 18 so Im only referring to a familiarity and not the whole taste. To compare, Brugal takes that grassy flavor and balances it out as not to be bitter or cloying the way it is in all the K&S rums IMO while being less sweet with a similar smoothness to Matusalem. 1888 has some delicate bourbon, vanilla, brown suagar, and sherry flavors with a tiny bit of spice at the end. Its very easy drinking and more dry than sweet. Dont expect this to blow you away but it is a nice "sipper",which remember, doesnt always mean sweet! Update: 2nd bottle and it's the new one with the black wax over the cork. I like it even better this time around but that doesn't mean that the rum has changed, more likely my palate has changed. I am more used to the Domincan "tropical breeze" backbone of this rum and can therefore appreciate the flavors from the aging more. Creamy and one of the smoothest ever.
It's like alcoholic caramel! With random notes of wafer, orange rind and sugar popping up. It's balanced, it's well made blah blah blah. Key take away: this rum makes for some delicious easy drinking!
Rum is dry with cherry like finish and mild sweetness.
Fine rum but it does not make big impression enough to be remembered and recommanded.
Assez doux, sur le caramel, belle complexité des aromes
I expected this to be a more spicy verison of Mount Gay XO. My expectations were off. Its sweet and fruity with oak coming true on the finish. The sweetness tastes natural and not syrupy as if it was added in after distillation. Very smooth finish and no funk that a lot of rums contain. Excellent!
Těžší RUM, né tak sladký. Připomíná mi DosMaderas 5x5. Taktéž dozrává v sudech po cherry Pedro Ximenéz.
I really enjoyed this. Aimed more toward the bourbon/scotch crowd which I also appreciate. If you are looking for the sweetness, probably not for you. A few drops of fresh lime takes this from a single drink to a speech slurring afternoon.
Brugal 1888 Gran Reserva Familiar
Origine : République Dominicaine
Nez : Vanille, caramel, cannelle
Bouche : Vanille, caramel, bois brûlé
Un goût trop simpliste pour un rhum ayant passé du temps en fût de bourbon et xérès. Les notes de xérès sont presque inexistantes. Pas mauvais mais décevant.
This is a quite tasty sipper at $40.00 for 750ml. I do notice the alcohol a bit more than I would like too since it is only bottled at 40%, but the flavors in this rum make up for it. A little spice, a little wood, some fruit, a touch of sweetness, and leather maybe? Nothing really stands out as dominating to my amateur senses. I'm a bit torn on what rating to give this one actually. I may upgrade my rating in the future as I spend more time with this lovely rum from Brugal.
Got the 1888 hoping it would be something like the Leyenda...sadly it is not complex enough to compete, very smooth but finishes so fast with very subtle, banana and tobacco notes. A bargain sipper for 40 bucks.
This is a very easy sipping rum for sure. However, the price puts it in a category with a lot of other brands that could be considered slightly better. There are also other brands lower in price like Ron Zacapa 23 or Diplomatico that are equally as good.