The deep amber-colored spirit is very woody on the nose, with touches of vanilla and chocolate hiding behind the oak. There’s some alcoholic heat that quickly fades. Take a sip and taste earthy flavors of wood and leather, plus some caramel, brown sugar and dried fruit.
It has a very full, grippy mouthfeel full of wood tannins. It finishes moderately long with notes of oak, spice and some subtle sweetness.
The Brugal Añejo is a pretty decent rum, but the wood notes are pervasive and dominate the flavor. There’s enough sweetness to keep the rum from being one-note, but its woody taste and dry, tannic mouth feel beg for some touches of molasses or sugar cane.
That said, for about $20, the Brugal Añejo is a really good bargain for an aged rum, and its taste is certainly more interesting than some common anejos in its price range.
– 40% Alcohol by Volume