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Easily consumable in a bind
I love the Cuban version when I had it in Mexico. Thought I'd try the Puerto Rican Havana Club. Does not taste similar. This is a good mixer. Nothing terrible, just not great.
Color - Light Golden
Aroma - Perfumy, alcohol
Flavor - Black licorice
Finish - Black pepper
Mouthfeel - Thin syrup
Balance - Slightly harsh
About a year ago, I saw a bottle of this at Hard Rock Cafe. Since Obama was still President, I figured some of the Cuban products were finally allowed into the USA. Wrong! So I did some research on it.
Way back in 1959 when Fidel nationalized Cuba, the owner of this secret recipe fled back to his native Spain. Meanwhile, the beginnings of the Bacardi rum family fled to neighboring Puerto Rico. Eventually, the man with the original Havana Club Rum recipe hooked up with the Bacardi family. This rum was born. And then the Cuban version of Havana Club sued them, which is why these USA bottles must label it as "Puerto Rican Rum". As far as I am concerned, since soil and climate conditions are similar on both islands, the one with the original recipe has every right to call it Havana Club. Meanwhile, back in Cuba, they are stockpiling Havana Club Rum with new labels called Havanista. They are waiting for the USA embargo to be lifted to export Havanista Rum to the mainland USA. Guess what? That won't happen in the near future. This whole story sounds like, "What came first? The chicken or the egg?". Who cares! I am just glad that this rum is available in the USA for only about $20.
I would describe the taste as being fruit forward with nothing offensive. It is okay on the rocks, but not as a neat sipper. I like to mix it with various tropical nectars such as guava, mango, guanabana, or tamarind. I also have bought quite a few bottles since I tried it, but most merchants in this area call it a slow seller because bourbon drinkers do not know what to do with it.
This be the spiced version of Havana Club's Anejo Blanco, which be a surprisingly decent rum! There be similarities and some differences 'tween the two though. This rum smells sweet like the Blanco with hints of vanilla and oak, but there barely be banana and no tobacco. As for taste, she also be not as sweet, but while there be some vanilla, tobacco, and wood, there also be a distinctive raisin taste. She seems spicier, but there be no specific spice flavors that jump out at me. Aye, you could make a sipper of this, but I would not recommend it... arrgh!
I bought a bottle in a rush thinking i was grabbing Cuban Havana Club. On its own it was very harsh and had cheap rum taste to it. The only way I was able to drink it was heavily mixed with coke and it still had that rubbing alcohol taste to it. I will admit I have become a rum snob over the years and I personally did not care for this rum. However, it is not the worst rum I've every had, in fact its not even in my bottom 5.
I really like this "all purpose" rum. Goes well with most things and by itself. Little bit of cheaper bite, but still good.
This rum has character without resorting to a funkiness or sweetness that is usually there in a non-Cuban style Caribbean rum. It won't wow you. It won't make you want to pull out your cigar, blast some Son Montuno, or anything like that. It will provide you with a Cuban-Style rum that you can buy in the US to make any type of mixer you like, adding a spice and straightness of a lot of Cuban rums that is freaking hard to find in America at a decent price point. I recommend making a rum old-fashioned as the bitters plays very well with this rum. All this, at $20! I mean, come on, hard to beat that.
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