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Havana Club Añejo Especial is a blend of rums aged for up to five years produced from the fermented molasses of sugar cane harvested in Cuba. The molasses is combined with yeast and water, distilled using column stills, and aged in white oak barrels.
Havana Club was founded in 1878 by Jose Arechabala and later nationalized after the Cuban Revolution in 1959.
Vind hem persoonlijk niet geschikt om puur te drinken een iets te sterke nasmaak die blijft hangen. Maar gemengd met cola is die zeker niet verkeerd.
This is my go to rum for when I’m not splashing out
Very smooth and drinkable. This is one of my favourites, out of the small selection of rums I’ve tried so far. Tastes of vanilla and chocolate.
This was bought for me a birthday present. My previous experience of Havana was not memorable so I was not expecting too much. However; what I found was a smooth rum, with subtle vanilla. Maybe not comparable with Old J Spiced rum but enjoyable never the less
Ja, schon wuchtiger und rauchiger als ein Old Pascas. Ist aber noch etwas milder, und dadurch auch ganz gut pur zu trinken. Sicher auch zum Mixen gut zu gebrauchen. Für den kompletten Abend pur wär's mir aber doch etwas zu viel. Dennoch geht ein "kann man den meisten empfehlen" IMHO hier in Ordnung.
precise naglasen alkohol, bar meni, do arome se tesko dode
Take it as a regular 4.75 to a 5.0.
With Coke quite tasty, but nothing special. I prefer the three year old, due to the more distinguished taste to it.
Not something premium but vfm. Nice taste. Nose was a little bit confused with alchool. Recommend with ice.
One would definitely expect more of a rum, that contains “especial” in its name...
Méně kvalitnější Kubánský rum s jemně sladkou vůní i chutí. Slušný poměr cena/výkon.
A young blended Cuban, aged in oak.
It does what it says on the tin, and well.
Good nose of dried fruit with a bit of wood.
Aroma in the mouth a little overpowered by the lively alcohol, subtle oakey finish.
Not a top sipper, but then it's not meant to be.
Ok actually, I was expecting worse. Mixer, but you could drink it straight without too much pain as long as you’ve got enough ice knocking about. Probably a little better than the 7 year old.
Edit 2019: it’s changed. It’s just sweet nonsense now. I swear it used to say three years on the bottle too.
A 5.5 on my scale. Shared from a friend. Good, but not great (the rum, not the friend). No interesting flavors (same qualifier).
First sips with rest of the morning coffee gave this a super starting point.
Great value and classic taste of rum.
It is quite OK. Initial hit is just fine. No undesirable aftertaste. The taste is not overpowering in any way. Mixed or not, I don't know.
Not what I expected after reading the posts here. Sugary vanilla was how I caught it and sadly it didn’t work nicely in any of my usual drinks with the exception of the Cuba libre.
Great in a Cuba libre but I don’t think I’ll get it again.
Cuba and rum go hand in hand with a lighter style of rum. They offer a wide range of rums from their 3 year which can be bought for about $20US, to their Holy Grail, Maximo, which will set you back about $1400US.
With this entry by Havana Club, I would lean more towards using this as a mixer or very introductory sipper depending on your threshold for limited complexity and burn and it’s reaction with olfactory and gustatory perception.
At any rate, if you can get your hands on a bottle, do so, especially with how difficult getting anything from Cuba into the States can be.
Pas le genre de rhum a boire seul, je le réserve pour les cocktails où il est à son aise.
Walk, do not run to get this European barroom standard. It serves a specific purpose of simplicity and that is the brand offers standard fare at accessible prices. This barely reaches the standard fare level. Simply too boozy tasting for 80 proof. It can be non offensive in a drink if it is well masked by other ingredients but ultimately the question must be asked, why buy this? Answer: If there is only more commercial crap available. My estimation is this is trumped by dozens of others...
Hampden Estate Gold
Isla de Canas
and so on...
The Havana Club Anejo Especial si the one that got me into rum. It has such a distinctive flavor, that if you would put a blind on my eyes, I could guess it from any other rum. It's simply unique. It might not be a top rum, but for me, personally, it will always have a special spot. Not really for sipping, in my opinion, but very good for cocktails and mixing. I do believe that this is what it has always meant to be anyway. I am a bit sad that they have changed the design of the bottle now. As a price / quality ratio, you can't go wrong with it.
Really sweet rum with a harsh alcohol taste. Best served on the rocks or in a mixed drink
A great mixing rum with a gentle, Cuban smell. I found it to be more flexible and less overpowering than the cigar-ish Havana Club 7. It makes a stunning Cuba Libre (or plain rum and coke), and is an excellent staple for the drinks cabinet.
Rum and coke. Not too much to say about it. Average and a bit better than the blanc.
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