History of Rum in the DR

After 5 years in the Dominican Republic I lived the rum experience to the fullest. However, I always asked myself what is the rum past of this beautiful island. It was not until a while ago that i stumbled upon a book written by Jose Chez Checo of the history of rum in the Dominican Republic published in the year 1988 by Brugal & Co. He offers a beautiful view on the past starting from the indigenous drinking habits all the way to the end of the year 1900. Dominican rum as we know it is a result of the following main events.

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Rum Book Selection


When I started with rum first thing I did was trying all different types of rum. I really did not know how to distinguish them or how to tell from what part of the world or what type of distillation they come from. Where did it all start?. So I decided to read about the history. I think that to fully understand the rum spirit of today one needs to understand its past. So i started…and here are the core books i recommend reading. But bare in mind that every rum history book is a possible hypothesis.

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Vacation dilemma. What rum to take home?

I get many emails from you rum folks about what rum do i recommend to take home from your vacation in the Dominican Republic. I decided to write down a list of my rare favorites just to make your decisions easier. I understand that most of the time you cant take home more than 3-4 bottles due to the customs, but you never know if you find all of those on the list so its better to have more to choose from than having extra space left.

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Rums of the Dominican Republic visit Prague

Part of my Europe rum trip was also a visit to Czech Republic’s capital – Prague. I was invited by my fellow rum friend Pedro Ortiz to make a presentation on Dominican Rums. Without any time wasted thinking about it I agreed right away. I always say that Dominican rum is one of the best rums in the world and it would be a sin not to try it. We were lucky enough to get the help from the Dominican consulate in Prague, which provided original Dominican food during the whole tasting. It was a great rum themed day i want to thank everybody for coming and tasting the true spirit of the Caribbean.

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