Marking two decades of U.S. presence and celebrating the peak of Cuba’s cultural resurgence, Havana Club Puerto Rican rum recently introduced a dark rum variant, Havana Club Añejo Clásico to complement the existing Havana Club Añejo Blanco. Havana Club Añejo Clásico made its debut in Florida this June, with expansion continuing throughout the United States over the summer.
Havana Club rum is based on the original recipe created by the Arechabala family in Cuba in 1934, capturing the spirit of the Golden Age in Havana; a period of time that spanned from the 1920’s, when people flocked to the island during prohibition, through the 1950’s when everything stylish and glamorous reigned supreme. It was Ramon Arechabala himself, great-grandson of the brand’s founder Jose Arechabala, who personally transcribed the recipe that was sold to Bacardi as part of the agreement between the two family companies.
As an ode to the family that produced rum for generations, the crest on every bottle is a reminder of the brand’s origins. Further celebrating the rums’ Cuban historical heritage, Havana Club rums feature new packaging designs inspired by the brand’s history and original packaging to stay true to the brand’s foundation. The bottles feature a center seal which has been prominently featured on packaging and advertising since the brands inception in 1934. The crest, created by the Arechabala family, is surrounded by hand-lettered typography reminiscent of this bygone period.
Each bottle of Havana Club Añejo Blanco is double aged in oak barrels. The premium rum is made with a distilled from molasses base that is aged for a single year, before selective filtration and blending. After they are blended, the Master Blenders return the rum to oak casks for a second aging period of at least two months.
To create Havana Club Añejo Clásico, the rum begins with a distillate base that is rested in oak casks between one to three years, before being chosen for selective filtration and blending. Upon blending, the Master Blenders return the rum to oak casks for a second aging of at least three months for additional smoothness.
Havana Club Anjeo Blanco Puerto Rican Rum (80 proof)
Nose: Slight cane with faint sweetness. All high notes.
Taste: Marshmallow and powdered sugar with a slight woody bitter edge to keep things from going too sweet. Medium body and light toastiness.
Finish: Short with a soft finish. At the far tail end of things, a curious cinnamon quality hits the back of the palate.
Overall: More character than other big name white PR rums. An all around workhorse in lighter rum drinks.
GSN Rating: B
Havana Club Anjeo Classico Puerto Rican Rum (80 proof)
Nose: Caramel, brown bread, burnt vanilla, oak stave.
Taste: Rich, hearty, woody rum that leans more toward tannic than sweet. Lightly burnt toast with a dab of clover honey.
Finish: Medium short with a malty, and baked grain essence.
Overall: This seems designed for highballs and Cube Libres. Not entirely enough body for tropical tiki concoctions, but perfect for easy two-or-three ingredient summer libations. The GSN staff picked this as their current favorite new rum on the market for the summer of 2016.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: Havana Club US