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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El Trapiche. The Sugarcane Mill

The first Sugarcane mill was established in 1516 on la Hispaniola a little bit after Columbus brought the first sugarcane in 1493.  In the 17th century this wooden tool became an important part of the sugar production. You can find some antique models in the Museum of Rum, the Brugal warehouse in Puerto Plata or in front of the BEICA offices in Santo Domingo. This piece of wood later became the symbol of rum production!

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