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Havana Club 7-Year Rum is distilled from fermented molasses and aged in charred white oak barrels for seven years.
Havana Club rum is still made in Cuba - where the company was founded by José Arechabala in 1878 and then nationalized in 1959 after the Cuban Revolution. Havana Club is now jointly owned by Pernod Ricard and the Cuban government.
Havana Club 7 year makes a base for a quality Cuba Libre, but it is not created for neat sipping since the flavor profile is a mixed bag and the afterburn is very strong.
Cuba has got much more to offer like Santiago or Legendario. This one is just commercial study. But ok to drink but nothing great
À mettre en coktail pour un meilleur rendu. Plutôt chère mais facile à trouver.
Aroma is strong, eyewatering strong... Lacquer thinner is definitely there with this one. Strong juicy first taste. Don't know what "leathery" or "tobacco" taste like, but to me there's strong pineapple there, almost like concentrate. Peach!
It's the best one available at the supermarket, either that or Mount Gay Eclipse. I went for this tonight because I wanted something a little darker to try the 'Dark and Stormy'. Just killing time till my online order of finer rums arrive in a few days.
I like the Rum Howler's reviews, especially the one about this rum where he imagines being in a smoky bar with a burly bartender wiping the sweat from his brow before wiping the bar with the same towel.
I get what he says. I'm new to trying to distinguish aromas but the smoky tobacco is unmistakable. This needs to air a while before sipping, but it's better with coke zero.
I thankfully stopped smoking a while ago but after a few glasses of this you want to break out a 20 pack of Embassy number 1 and deal the cards, talk shit as your vision gets hazy, sleazy women propping up the bar. You could say this rum takes you to Havana, while not a top rum it's cheap and worth the road trip, at least until the El Dorado 12 gets here x roll on x
Cuba libre best buddy !
Le produit phare de la maison Havana Club.
On réinvente pas les classiques!
This rum is a very one of a kind type of rum. You have to go in to it not expecting it to taste like a normal expectant rum taste, however once you let it set in your mouth and then it comes home. Very smooth for a 7+ year rum. Excellent Cuba Libre. Very subtle on the palate light burn but goes down smooth. Did not like the screw on cap, i like a cork but still very enjoyable and fun to par take it.
Rhum à Cocktails, mojito ou cuba libre iront bien.
I was expecting something better than this. This one hits and hits hard. A "tough-guy" rum. The Añejo Reserva is better than this. Frankly, it's not bad rum overall just not one that qualifies as a sipping rum unless you want to sandpaper the back of your throat. Works best in mixed drinks.
UPDATE May 11, 2016: This was one of the first rums I reviewed after the "cruise from hell" in September, 2015. Since then I have edjamacated my palate a bit so to speak so I wanted to re-review this rum. I am glad I did. I initially gave it a "6" but I now believe a "7" would be more accurate.
In the snifter this rum is a rich amber lightening to a golden hue on the edges. It has good legs upon swirling. It does have a somewhat astringent aroma which does tingle the nose a bit. Upon initial tasting I do detect some initial molasses sweetness but that is quickly overwhelmed by a strong oak flavor that has a bit of bitterness to it along with a distinct pepperiness. There is a very noticeable burn that lasts....and I mean LASTS. This is not a rum for beginners and it really isn't as smooth as I would expect from a rum aged for 7 years. It has not been sugared so what you taste is all natural. The finish has an odd taste that I cannot identify but isn't pleasant. I do feel a 6 was a tad too low but frankly it's barely a 7. This is a rum that seems best suited for mixed drinks especially ones with pineapple. That bitterness and strange aftertaste actually works fairly decently with pineapple juice. Haven't tried it with grapefruit yet.
NOT a sipping rum. Definitely a workable mixer. A lot of potential that wasn't reached. Could be a much better rum. If things ever improve in Cuba there is the potential for this rum to improve as well.
Alkohol: 40 %
Aroma: Hutně kožené, rumově pralinkové aroma s ostře vystupujícím alkoholem. Štiplavá, zemitá, snad až mírně zatuchlá vůně. (82 b)
Chuť: Poměrně hrubá, štiplavá, mírně nasládlá, nijak extra plná chuť. (82 b)
Shrnutí: Měl jsem miniaturu koupenou z Diosu a jsem rád, že jsem neutrácel za celou lahev, která je běžně k dostání v supermarketech. Není to nic uhlazeného, i přes určitou výraznost mě moc nezaujal, přijde mi roztěkaný, disharmonický. Poměr výkon/cena mi přijde velmi slabý. Je spousta lepších rumů v této cenové kategorii, levněji seženete dokonce Pampero Anniversario, které je kvalitou úplně jinde.
Was greatly disappointed, tho perhaps I had a bad, or non-legitimate batch of Añejo 7 Años ('aged 7 years') in a Havana Club gift tin from the shop. Was not expecting a Ron Zacapa 23, but was hoping for something interesting in that general direction. This Havana Club's dark bottle yielded a rum light and golden in colour, with some initial pleasant rum flavours immediately overwhelmed by a fiery, burning after-taste. An ice cube took away the fire, but also left the rum without character, a simple sweet drink. Surprised since I enjoy Havana Club's Añejo Especial at one-third less, better both neat or with ice than this bottle I bought of Añejo 7. Ché Guevara would have asked, 'What's going on here?'
Smokey and smooth. I usually keep a bottle of this next to me on playstation gaming nights. Whenever in doubt this is a safe choice.
Dont find this to be a great rum, but it's not bad either. It contains a manly doze of woody cigar flavours and hints of caramel. If your in the mood for that, it will do the job. It’s semidry, sippable and a decent mixer.
Bruger kun min til cola.
Big fan of the 15yr for sipping means im more than happy to use the 7yr in cocktails. Lighter and smoother than expected with wood and vanilla on the nose i find it great to use as your base in a Daiquiri.
Un ron nada memorable, si lo compras en Cuba tiene una buena relación calidad-precio, pero poco más. Es el típico ron que regalas cuando vienes de viaje, pero del que no presumirías delante de nadie que supiera mínimamente sobre ron.
My favourite rum is Legendario 7 year and Havana Club 7 year is very similar in taste. Definitely a delight to drink for anybody who likes sweet rum.
Is a pretty traditional cuban rum, from what I have tasted. Good, especially with a cigar.
Aroma starts as molasses and some leather. After sitting for a few minutes becomes all molasses. Can sip, but not the most complex.
Makes a fine Cuba libre, hard to tell where the molasses of the rum ends and the carmel of coke starts. Yum. Mixes well with lots of stuff.
A good rum at a good price
A nice rum to try with an ice cube. Complicated nose and tasty. A good choice. Dont mix it.
A nice middle of the road rum. Smokey with a bit of spice and a muted sweetness.
Lubrifiant social agréable sec mais meilleur dans les mix
Havana Club can be great or average depending where it is produced. Most Havana Club in the United States is not produced in Cuba and reminds me more of Bacardi. True Cuban Havana Club is well made, kind of like the difference of a real Cuban cigar to a poser
Smooth, I prefer this gem neat, with a wee bit of ice.. not so good mixed, but stands up well on its own
At a family wedding in Cancun this past winter, there was Havana Club or an Argentinian Rum, which I tried both. I found the Havana smoother. I started off neat and then added several ice cubes as the night progressed. I was able to drink it all evening without getting out of hand. Did not have a surprising feeling in the morning either. Good, all around rum.
Havana Club 7-Year rum view by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide
Havana Club 7-Year rum review by Drinkhacker