Continue Exploring the DR

From Sosua we took the highway back towards the marina and decided we had time for a visit to the Brugal Rum factory. Though the large facility is right on the highway, we had trouble finding the right entrance as the tour books weren’t specific, and the signs were less than helpful. But we were persistent, made a few U-turns, located the National Rent a Car headquarters while searching and made a reservation for a one way rental to the airport later in the month. We finally decided the visitors’ entrance was the same one the big tanker trucks used, so we were pretty small fry. Brugal160
Brugal is a family run business, and its operations stretch over much of the country. The facility in Puerto Plata is the bottling, shipping, and distribution headquarters, but the sugar cane fields, and many of the other facilities are scattered all over the country. We would see the Brugal stainless steel tanker trucks and Brugal buildings almost everywhere we traveled. 

Days of the Hand Sugar Cane Press
Days of the Hand Sugar Cane Press

The tour taught us a little bit about the process of making rum, and we learned that Brugal is the world’s third largest rum producer, behind Bacardi and Captain Morgan. 
 Drink Rum!
Drink Rum!

Brugal distills several different types of rum including your basic white rum, Anejo, Extra Viejo, Carta Dorado, aged 3 years, and a new commemorative high end rum, Brugal 1888. My own preference is the rich, dark, Extra Viejo, aged 8 yrs in Oak barrels, a very smooth rum. Needless to say, we bought a few bottles here, then later discovered we could buy them for $3 less at the grocery! Less than half the cost of the same rum in the US, so there you go.    Pirates190
We have a little fun along the road back to Ocean World. Both our oldest grandsons love Pirates, so we took a picture of Nana with the Pirate Ships.

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