Following the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the Havana club brand was nationalized by the government. The brand was established in Santa Cruz del Norte in Cuba in 1878 by JosÃ© Arechabala. After his beloved company was nationalized, Arechabala emigrated to Spain with his family, before finally moving to America. In 1994, the company was owned by a fifty-fifty partnership between the Cuban government and the drinks giant Pernod Ricard.
Havana Clubâ€™s rums have become synonymous with Cuba and have become the back bar darling of many a cocktailian bartender. The range is made up of a few standard bottlings which are essentially mixing rums, as well as the seven year-old, which is intended for sipping. November of 2006 saw the release of the â€˜ultra-premiumâ€™ MÃ¡ximo Extra AÃ±ejo â€“ â€œThere will never be a rum that better expresses the Cuban rum cultureâ€ says Havana Clubâ€™s Maestro Ronero.
This Havana Club has been aged for three years in bourbon casks and then filtered, hence its colour.
Nose: Crisp and fresh with notes of marzipan, citrus, allspice, ground ginger, a little lime and gentle oak.
Palate: Clean and rounded with notes of citrus, vanilla and oak, a little spice and lemon and a delicate nutty note.
Finish: Short, clean.