Cuban state-owned sugar producer Azcuba looks after Cuban sugar production, a state monopoly. Azcuba grows and harvests sugar cane, produces over a million tons of raw sugar every year, operates more than 150 different industrial plants across the nation, and makes and markets sugar derivatives from candy through to antibacterial gel. It was formed in 2010, replacing the Cuban Ministry of Sugar, and operates a number of joint ventures in sectors including bioenergy. Ron Vigia SA is Azcuba’s first rum joint venture since Havana Club International formed in the 1990s.
Ron Vigia’s production will focus on Ciego de Ávila Province, a region steeped in rum history. The 50-50 joint venture, valid for 30 years, will own a significant maturing stock of local rum, allowing Ron Vigia spirits to be distributed internationally by The Island Rum Company, Their portfolio includes: Black Tears by Vigia, the first dry spiced spirit made with Cuban rum; La Progresiva 13 by Vigia, a dry sipping rum which launched this fall; and La Progresiva 500 by Vigia, a rare limited edition crafted to celebrate Havana’s 500th anniversary debuting near the holiday season.
La Progresiva Mezcla 13 Rum (82 proof)
Visual: Dark amber.
Nose: Slight smoke and char with a heady dose of oak cask.Lively, vivacious and elegantly appointed.
Taste: A quite dry approach with a lot of tight woody notes. Burnt caramel, dried apple, even a bit of salinity are present, making this a dessert-like rum. There is a deep richness in the mouthfeel.
Finish: Medium long with a somewhat tannic finish on the back of the palate.
Overall: A classy Cuban rum that excels in character and flavor. A current GSN favorite, especially during the cooler autumnal weather of New York.
GSN Rating: A
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