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Brugal 1888 Rum is made from fresh, raw sugar cane, which is hand-cut from plantations across the Dominican Republic's countryside. Once the cane has been harvested, it is pressed and the remaining juice is turned into molasses. The molasses is then fermented for approximately 48 hours before it is twice distilled through Brugals' copper stills.
Following distillation, the rum is aged for up to eight years in ex-bourbon white American oak casks before being double-barreled, or finished, for up to six years in casks that were previously used to mature Oloroso sherry. The sherry casks contribute notes of dark cherries, blackberries and dried fruits, and complement the notes of cinnamon, sugar cane and candied oranges inherent in the rum.
Brugal 1888 Rum has a dark, amber hue, along with an aroma of milk chocolate, roasted coffee and dried apricots. The aroma opens up to a full-bodied rum with notes of lush cherries, raisins, cinnamon, strawberries, caramelized apples and candied oranges, and leads to a toffeed finish.
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