When Barceló Rum was founded by Julian Barceló in 1930 in Santo Domingo, the brand quickly gained popularity throughout the Dominican Republic, and was soon exported internationally. Similar to Barceló Gran Añejo, the Dark Series is distilled in the Dominican Republic from the juice of fresh-cut, estate-grown sugarcane and then aged for 6 years in ex-bourbon barrels. The difference is that Dark Series is aged in barrels with a “heavy char” grade instead of a “medium-light char” grade, which gives the rum a woody and mellow taste. Barceló Gran Añejo Dark Series possesses a brilliant amber color with enticing aromas of cherry, orange peel and vanilla. The spirit is characterized by its woody flavor, which gives way to caramelized fruits, nuts and the perfect balance of sweetness followed by a smooth, long aftertaste. Barceló Gran Añejo Dark Series is best enjoyed over ice or in a vintage cocktail, such as a Highball, Sour or Old Fashioned. Today, Barceló continues to be the world’s #1 exported dark rum; RonBarceloUSA.com.