BRUGAL’S NEW LIMITED-EDITION RUM, COLECCIÓN VISIONARIA, LAUNCHES IN UK


The first edition in a multi-part series, Colección Visionaria Edición 01, Cacao, is crafted using a first in class Aromatic Cask Toasting technique developed by Maestra Ronera Jassil Villanueva Quintana.

Colección Visionaria, the first edition of a limited-edition sipping rum from Dominican ultra-premium rum brand Brugal, will launch in the UK from 18th October 2023. Crafted using the world’s first Aromatic Cask Toasting technique, Colección Visionaria was developed by Brugal family member and fifth generation Maestra Ronera, Jassil Villanueva Quintana.

At £80 RRP per bottle, only four batches of the rare expression rum will be distilled globally and will be available at The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt and Berry Bros. & Rudd.

Brugal rums are 100% Dominican, and this collection is no exception. The Maestros carefully selected the finest natural ingredients from their beloved homeland, the Dominican Republic to craft the most authentic ultra-premium sipping rum. For this first edition of Colección Visionaria, Brugal hand-selected one of the island’s most cherished treasures, cacao beans, and infused the toasted casks with their distinct nutty, velvety and fruity aromas.

Known for its exploratory and pioneering spirit, Brugal set upon a new wonderous journey with Colección Visionaria, inviting us to experience a new vision – a collection of rums entirely inspired by their homeland. Colección Visionaria 01, Cacao, is reminiscent of Villanueva Quintana’s upbringing and heritage.

“One of my most cherished childhood memories is walking amongst the cacao trees surrounding my family home. I remember the lush and green cacao fields, the bittersweet scent of the cacao pods, and the rich aromas of roasted beans,” says Jassil Villanueva Quintana. “It’s this memory I wanted to recreate with the first edition of Colección Visionaria.”

The collection, expertly crafted by the fifth generation of family maestros, embodies Brugal’s visionary spirit and over 135 years of wood and cask expertise. Each generation of Brugal family Maestros has played an essential role in carrying out the brand’s legacy and passion for rum-making. Just like her predecessors, Villanueva Quintana has dedicated herself to creating truly exceptional rums, uncovering a new wave of rum making with Brugal’s innovative cask toasting technique used to craft Colección Visionaria.

Completely unique to Brugal, the toasting process begins with the selection of the finest virgin European oak casks. Each cask is thoughtfully toasted with hand-picked Dominican cacao beans – infusing them with its organic, aromatic notes. The cacao beans are then removed before the rum is added into the toasted casks, saturating the liquid with the aromas created by the toasting process before they are aged to perfection under the Dominican sun. This new technique adds a layer of depth and complexity to the liquid without the cacao beans ever touching the rum directly. The result is a rich, elegant, and well-rounded sipping rum, without any added sugars or additives.

Colección Visionaria Edición 01, Cacao is a deep, radiant amber liquid that on the nose boasts a decadent, sultry culmination of rich aromas of hot chocolate, toasted oak, spices, and citrus perfectly balanced by soft and gentle notes of vanilla. On the palate, tastes of vanilla surface with subtle hints of caramel, giving way to the richness of dark chocolate and dried fruits with a touch of toasted nuts. A smooth, long-lasting finish of toasted oak notes linger long after the rich sweetness of the liquid disappears. Edición 01, Cacao is best enjoyed sipped slowly, neat or over ice.

Each batch of the exclusive bottling is a true collector’s piece, handcrafted with care and presented in beautiful bottles wrapped in navy blue netting, an elevated version of Brugal’s iconic protective netting. Carefully sealed by hand and personally signed by Jassil Villanueva Quintana herself, each bottle also displays the batch number on the label.

Colección Visionaria Edición 01, Cacao is the first limited-edition releases across the Colección Visionaria collection and will be available from The Whisky Exchange. For more information on Brugal, the home of rum mastery in the Dominican Republic, please visit: www.brugal-rum.com.

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