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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.
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.
It's just boring. I know the brand has a great story behind it, but this is just a cheap knockoff. Only aroma I get is alcohol. That's it. The flavor is also just neutral, I am sure they added some sweetener, because i get nothing at all from oak or wood or anything.
All that said, this rum won't ruin your drink. It won't do much to help it, but if you are making a drink for someone that just wants to taste the mixer and get buzzed, this isn't a bad choice.
I really like the simplicity of this rum. It is my go to when I make any kind of mix drink or if I just want a basic simple rum sip. No it doesn’t have a complex flavor profile but it has a nice simple smoothness that I enjoy. It is awesome for making Cocito and Rumchata.
There is nothing remarkable about this. Solid mixer. But it is nostalgic to me, which makes it much more enjoyable than “better” rums. I can drink HC and club soda on the rocks with lime all day long. My beach rum.
This is Puerto Rican Havana Club, absolutely nothing to do with the original Havana Club Cubano, the only thing that is similar is the name and this particular one is awful, strong burning taste of alcohol, real light, just not good. Stay away from this!!!
I'm starting my rum appreciation journey and this is one of the first ones I've found. I find it a bit on the sweeter side, but also smooth. I've only had it neat, and like it. I can see using this as a mixer though too.
Rum comes from sugar cane so yes it is sweet. This rum is also smooth, smooth, smooth, at first sip and swallow. I have turned friends on to it and won them over! I hate to mix this rum over ice is just fine. I have tasted the Havana Club(not the Anejo though) brand from Cuba and frankly, I was disappointed.
Sweet smell but nothing remarkable. Agree not meant for sipper but tried and had a bit of bite with little flavor. Does mix fine with coke but nothing spectacular
Just not as smooth as the one from Cuba. This one definitely needed a mixer, and probably a better one that I had available. Would be willing to try again to see if the rating improves. A 4.5 on my scale.
I bought it based on The Rum Manual. I got a little bottle behind the counter. It’s okay to say the most. I mean if this your first time drinking rum or short of cash, get it. You would hope the name would tease you a little to try it. Not for me.
I heard this label was coming to The USA beginning in Florida, well it has made it to Nashville. This of course is the Puerto Rican version of Havana Club. As any rum aficionado knows the name is everything. I have enjoyed the Cuban version and this offering is not it. I have to say Havana Club 7 year is my personal plum line of dark rum. However it is a nice tasting rum, a bit sweet and slightly oaky but a thin finish. Great bottle although hard to read the gold on black lettering. Pretty good with Coke and strong enough to relax you but not much of a burn so it gets a good grade for what it is. While it’s not the real deal in my book, it’s the best Bacardi product on the market even though they pretty much hide the name. They do have product of Puerto Rico promently displayed. This Rum is Puerto Rican Strong !
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