Brugal, a renowned rum brand from the Dominican Republic, has announced the release of its Papá Andrés 2015 Alegría Edition.
This is the only second bottling from the Brugal family’s private reserve that has been available for purchase in its 126 year history.
The first release, called simply Brugal Papá Andrés, was made available last year.
As part of more than a century old tradition, the best quality rum out of 250,000 casks warehoused in Puerto Plata are stored in select 36 casks.
Then over time, portions are removed and used for blending to create reserves meant only for the family’s special occasions.
Brugal decided to celebrate their first ever female master blender, a woman, Jassil Villanueva Quintana, a fifth generation family member who’s blend was chosen to represent her great-great-grandfather, Don Andrés Brugal Montaner’s legacy.
The golden amber Papá Andrés 2015 Alegría edition is supposed to exhibit an initial medley of fruits on the nose due to the numerous oaks used in hte aging process, followed subtly by caramel, wood, dried fruit, traces of sprice, before gracing the palate with vanilla and sherry that linger to finish.
Quintana paired with acclaimed Spanish artist and designer Javier Mariscal to create the crystal decanter and the decorative box.
Also contained with the presentation is a collector’s book illustrated with the artist’s impressions of the island and his hosts.
A limited amount of 1,000 bottles will be made available at a price of $1,500, with all proceeds going to the Brugal Foundation, established to fight poverty, promote education, and build infrastructure in the Dominican Republic.