Caribbean’s Finest Rum brand is distilled and bottled in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. They currently have a line of two aged rums and several flavored products distributed in the United States.They currently have a line of two aged rums and several flavored products distributed in the United States.
Their Gran Reserva rum is created using a continuous column still, and then aged in used American Oak Bourbon Barrels for eight years. After aging, the rum is then blended to 40 abv.
The amber liquid of the rum has a dark amber color. When I swirled the liquid, a thin band formed around the glass that spun off fast moving legs. The band thickened as it evaporated leaving behind a ring of beads.
The aroma of the rum is filled with hints of oak, smoke and caramelized vanilla. Overall it comes off a bit flat where you find yourself struggling to detect the components of the aroma.
Sipping the rum reveals notes of sweet vanilla, smoky oak, toasted almonds, caramel and baking spices,with a solid bite of alcohol.
A hint of bitter tobacco manifests along with a touch of black pepper before the rum drifts into a long dry finish.
The rum reminds me of other spirits from the Dominican Republic. It is a tad sweeter than other eight year old rums I have experienced.
Currently this product’s availability is limited in the United States