Edrington unveiled a special limited edition ultra-premium Brugal rum at an exclusive launch dinner in Miami this week. Only 460 bottles of Andrés Brugal sipping rum will be available worldwide, with 60 exclusively sold in the U.S., and 62 bottles earmarked for travel retail.
Developed by fifth generation Maestra Ronera Jassil Villaneuva Quintana, the $2,800 rare luxury expression is an homage to founder Andrés Brugal’s pioneering spirit of exploration. This is the brand’s first ever release that blends two double aged reserves with first fill single Bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks.
“This limited-edition bottling is a journey that started over a century ago. Andrés Brugal combines special single cask family reserves and our signature double aging technique to tell a dual story of my family’s legacy of rum making, as well as my own as Maestra Ronera,” said Jassil Villanueva Quintana, Brugal and the Dominican Republic’s youngest and first ever female master of rum.
Andrés Brugal features rich, balanced notes of roasted coffee beans and freshly harvested Cacao, layered gently with the sweet fragrance of homemade dulce de leche fudge and the buttery softness of Dominican rum cake. On the palate, a combination of oak, vanilla bean and sweet caramel are complemented by fresh ripe berries, delicate notes of aromatic black peppercorns and sweet cloves.
Jassil Villanueva Quintana notes, “Quintessentially Dominican flavors combine to create an extraordinary liquid of astounding character that pushes the boundaries of discovery. With a touch of sweetness on the nose, and a well-rounded, long-lasting mouthfeel, this full-bodied rum is a true celebration of the distinctive flavors of Puerto Plata.”
This exclusive release is bottled in a limited-edition, hand-blown crystal decanter and presented in a bespoke display cabinet inspired by the traveling cases earlier Maestros used in their voyages. Rendered from American oak, its exterior surfaces are etched with a diamond pattern redolent of the netting that surrounds many of Brugal’s bottles. Twin segments fold down to reveal the hand-blown crystal decanter, with mirrored surfaces etched with a map of the world, which the company says is symbolic of Brugal’s journey of excellence that began with the first journey of Don Andrés’ from Spain to the Caribbean.
Andrés Brugal is the first of several ultra-premium releases anticipated from the rum brand in the coming years.