Review: Havana Club Anejo Reserva / by Jason Hambrey

From molasses
Distiller Havana Club (Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba)

Havana Club is the most popular brand of rum in Cuba, though, interestingly, it is also made separately in Puerto Rico by Bacardi. The reason for this is that the family left after Cuba nationalized the land (and the distillery), and Bacardi bought the brand from the family that left while the brand is also produced by a partnership between Pernod Ricard and the Cuban government in Cuba. It has been the subject of a large trademark dispute. I'd be interested to do a side by side with both, except the rums aren't that great to begin with.

It is the third rum up in their lineup, after the 3 year old white rum, and the anejo especial. Reportedly, it is aged about 5-6 years.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2016

Not a lot on the nose – oak, a hint of vanilla, coconut, sweet, and lightly vegetal. Light and easy – really, that’s all this one is crafted for. The palate is easy and simple, featuring many of the notes of the nose. Dried berries and light oaky spices on the finish. Brief tasting notes, but I think you get the picture…

Value: Low. It’s cheap, but I still think there are more worthwhile buys even at the price.