Cuba

Review: Havana Club 7 Years Old (1980s) by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
40%
Aging
7 Years
Recipe
From molasses
Distiller Havana Club (Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba)

This is an old bottling of Havana Club, and the air has certainly done good effect on the rum, hence the lack of rating. However, always fun to taste old stuff - the bottle is about 30 years old, likely from the 1980s sometime.


Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~1985

Dry, and spicy. Then edgy brown sugar comes in, with nuts and macadamias. An old oxidized note - like that of burning dust when you turn on a toaster that has been neglected for some time. The taste is dry and light, with molasses and a slight earthiness. A light, quick finish - a touch of a medicinal note at the end. Vanilla comes, throughout - nose, palate, and finish - with time.

Assessment: N/A (would be a C+ bottled, but clearly has oxidized so not sure what the starting point would have been)


Santiago de Cuba Ron Anejo by Jason Hambrey

ABV
38%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
From Molasses
Distiller N/A (Cuba)

There is very little information to be found on this Rum, but it is very common in Cuba. Some sources say it is distilled in Santiago de Cuba (would make sense), but I haven't found much solid evidence on my brief internet perusal...


Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Relatively simple – but a bit going on here. Pear, prunes, cherry, vanilla, berries, toasted and dried fruits. Dry, with some spices and brown sugar and a bit of cilantro, too. Brief tasting notes, but sufficient, I think – not bad, but not spectacular…

Value: Low. Not expensive, but I think there are better rums on the cheaper side that you can buy.


Review: Havana Club Anejo Reserva by Jason Hambrey

ABV
40%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
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.