This Bottle of Rum Costs $1,500 for a Reason

The Dominican Republic’s renowned rum brand, Brugal, is releasing a collection of their private reserve, only the second time in over a century it’s been available to the public.

The Papá Andrés 2015 Alegría Edition follows the rum’s first release last year, when the original Brugal Papá Andrés was made for sale.

Following over 100 years of tradition, the best quality rum out of over 250,000 casks warehoused in Puerto Plata are stored in a select 36 casks. Over time, only the best from these casks are taken and used to create reserves solely for the family’s special occasions. Brugal concluded one occasion was worthy to be shared with the world.

For the first time in Brugal’s history, the distillery’s master blender is a woman, Jassil Villanueva Quintana, a fifth-generation family member. It was her blend that was chosen to uphold her great-great-grandfather Don Andrés Brugal Montaner’s legacy.


The rum’s tasting notes describe the golden-amber-colored Papá Andrés 2015 Alegría Edition as a medley of fruits at the nose – followed delicately by caramel, wood, dried fruit, and traces of spice. Vanilla and sherry linger on the palate. The celebratory bottle and accompanying decorative box is crafted as carefully as the rum; Quintana teamed with acclaimed Spanish artist and designer Javier Mariscal for the unique presentation.

Only 1,000 bottles will be available to the public at a price of $1,500 each. Not a tough price to swallow, and keep in mind the proceeds go to the Brugal Foundation, which was established to fight poverty, promote education and build infrastructure in the Dominican Republic.