To get a sense of each step of the production process, we whacked down some sugarcanes ourselves, visited the distillery in Santo Domingo where the air was heavy with molasses, and moseyed our way up to the aging facilities in Puerto Plata, where the air was heavy with alcohol. Want to see how rum is made? Come right this way...
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We've already tried a whiskey that tastes like a tequila and an aged tequila that tries to taste unaged, so you'd think we would be used to the idea that the category doesn't necessarily define the spirit. But we were taken by surprise when we first sipped today's bottle: Brugal 1888 (full name: 1888 Ron Gran Reserva Familiar)—a new rum that thinks it's a scotch.