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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.
Interesting nose with a slight burn. The sip is not diverse and the burn continues beyond the initial taste yet I will stock it, not as a sipper but as a mixer. Coke, ginger ale, citrus all created a wonderful flavor well beyond the normal mixer.
Hint of spices, coffee and dried fruit. Matured in White oak casks and sherry oak casks
apparently this was aged in Sherry casks for duration of time. Accordingly, it has a slight orange liqueur flavor to it. Overall, a pretty solid rum. However, the finish is not nearly as smooth as some of the premium rums I have tried. Has a little alcohol bite to it and is a little too hot.
This was on the back shelf of our resort stay in Punta Cana. Deep, amber colour with mild aromas of honey, herb and alcohol. Decent body with little alcohol burn. Would have enjoyed the chance to savour from glass and time, but only had access to a plastic shot glass. I have a sealed bottle in the collection, so now I know it's at least worth the shelf space.
Hints of wood and vanilla. Not flavorful enough for my tastes.
Well it was Grand Reserve which surprised me. It is pleasant enough to drink but lacks complexity and long finish. Mild oak with some sweetness but that is about all.
...personal taste, but also not bad at all. I’ll buy another bottle when time comes. The new design with the net around the bottle and the waxed closure is pretty cool!
Harsh burn to the nose. Quite sweet, almost sour scent. The sherry comes through strong. Very smooth, little light in flavour. Vanilla and a mild whiskey taste, likely from the casks.
Bought a dusty bottle off a shelf at a local liquor store. First tasting was very smooth with nice vanilla, caramel, orang and banana notes. Fairly long spicy finish. I’d buy it again
Found to be smooth with a well rounded taste that is not overly sweet. Nice sipping rum or mixed with Coke....
Unfortunately not so good as Brugal Leyenda, maybe I am too sentimental, but still recommended spainsh style rum. Those brugal rums are simple in taste, without many fruit flavours, but this works totally in Brugal Leyenda due to its smoothness, however 1888 for its price could have been better, still I think it is one of greatest rums I've tasted and best one from brugal right after Leyenda.
Final verdict: Maybe some day I will give it another shot
This took me by surprise. Great flavor profile. Smooth, oaky flavor with subtle hints of sweetness. I would highly recommend this if you enjoy an aged rum.
With a limited selection of rums where I live it is nice to see this stuff pop up for sale at the government liquor store. It goes for $33 USD. Easily the best rum in the price category for me personally.
Brugal is a Dominican brand with a rich history. Their master distillers know what they are doing! the cheap rums from them are unfortunately quite woody, but the 1888 is very rich and sweet from the sherry casks! I suspect added sugars as well though.. None the less I have an older edition bottle saved in my cellar for my senior years.
nose is soft and sweet, vanilla citrus and ocean spray. maybe bit of maple and plum?
nice light caramel coloration, and the nose matures in a cognac glass nicely.
flavor is sweet cherry and plums with spices, citrus and caramel.. very pleasant.
A nice sweet option from the Dom. Rep.
Good sipper, nice finish. Didn’t buy this one so I don’t know if it’s a good value. Need to try again.
Reasonable price, good sipper. Tried it in New York
This was definitely more sweet than expected but I enjoyed the smoothness of the flavor.
Jasný rukopis, musím uznat, že verze 1888 je mnohem lepší než anjeo, ale stále je to Brugal. Už to není lak na rakve, je víc zakulacený, ale lihovost je tam stále. Dávám 7+ protože vůně je na 9 bodů.
I wasn't sure what to expect after opening the bottle and taking a sniff. It was unlike most rums that I've had. I could sense it's dryness and oak aromas and was curious as to how they would come across. Once poured and sampled. I tried this 3 different ways. Neat, chilled with a touch of water, old fashioned. I liked all three ways. The rum by itself is not overwhelming or harsh in any way. The oak cuts the sweetness without leaving it too dry. The mouthfeel reminds me of what roasting a marshmallow over an open flame smells like, except in liquid form. Very engaging, very impressed!
Has an interesting floral notes, some sugary caramel but not much else. Short finish to boot. But easily drinkable and still enjoyable. Try it before you buy it
Having rated Brugal Anejo as the only rum worthy of a 1 star rating, I was curious about this one after reading so many rave reviews. Being that I do not like my rums aged in sherry or port or Madeira casks, I figured that I would not like this one. So I went to a well stocked rum bar today and ordered 5 pours of a half ounce each. This one is light years better than that awful Brugal Anejo, but the smooth taste going down is almost ruined by the sherry after taste. It is not quite enough to be annoying, but it is just not to my liking. I did finish my entire pour on this one, but it landed in the exact middle of the five rums that I tried. I won't be wasting money on an entire bottle of this one, but if you like sherry finish on your rums, then by all means go for it.
Extremely smooth, a bit more oaky than many of its compatriots. Was able to get 2 bottles for under $30/each (Canadian) before the LCBO went dry. At that price it was a ridiculous bargain and if/when it comes back it’ll likely cost $50 or more. And it would be worth it! One of the best sippers I’ve had the good fortune to try...
J'ai acheté ce rhum au duty-free lors d'une déplacement, je ne connaissais pas et je n'avais pas internet pour avoir un avis dessus. Pas du tout déçu, j'aime les rhum pas sucré et celui-ci ne l'est pas.
Rum oh rum! Not a fan of brugal, but 1888 definitely has its place in the rum shelf! Complex journey of tastes through the sip. First rather bity and industrial but that mixed with the sweet vanilla and bitter sugary aftertaste has something special about it.