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This is a Bacardi rum, rebranded. I was not a fan, was bland with a serious burn. Not quite as bad a perfume, but you could do better.
So, I made the mistake of telling the bartender I had a bottle of Cuban Havana Club at home. Turns out he had a pretty strong opinion about that. Aside from the politics and the copyright of naming, I have a solution, Bacardi should be spelled with a V and the Cuban version spelled with a B. I gave this one a 5 because it’s right down the middle. If Bacardi wants to stake their claim and make the name their own, they first need to make a rum that stands out in the crowd. This one doesn’t.
When I first saw these rums on the shelves of Hard Rock Cafe a few year ago, I thought that the embargo from the USA against Cuba had been lifted! Wrong! Read my review of their Anejo Classico if you want to see the whole sordid story. This is a Puerto Rican rum crafted from the original Cuban formula, to make a long story short.
Since this one is called Anejo Blanco, I can only assume that they filtered the color out of their Anejo Classico and also lost flavor in the process. The only white rum that still maintains it's flavor after filtering a darker rum is Plantation 3-Star Artisinal by using their proprietary filtration process.
My advice is to stick with white rums from Panama and the Dominican Republic, and both of those countries have lots of Cuban exiles. By white rum standards, this one is just average. However, if you want to add exotic fruit juices to your white rum to make unique tropical drinks, then this one is for you.
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