In the glass, Brugal’s Extra Viejo (viejo is Spanish for old, so this rum is essentially Extra Old) is a dark cherrywood color. It’s legs are very strong and thick, barely moving down the sides of your glass.
The first notes to tickle your nose are those of vanilla. The vanilla notes are very forward and really dominate the first few sniffs. Vanilla gives way to notes of cocoa and leather. At the back of the nose is an oaky scent that lingers for a bit. There is a cool feeling to the end of the nose as opposed to the warmer notes at the beginning. The experience is not unlike walking from sunlight into the shade.