GSN Review: Caña Brava Panama Rum

S0420-2For most Americans, the hope of drinking a cocktail made with Cuban rum has largely been impossible, if not difficult for the past half century.  Many Cuban distillers moved to other countries after Fidel Castro came to power, and although they started making rum again, something had changed in the recipes.  With Caña Brava, you at last have a chance to get a taste of authentic old world Cuban rum.  The reason is two-fold.

1) The master distiller is Francisco “Don Pancho” J Fernandez who made Cuban rum for 35 years.

2) He was given the freedom to create a rum in the style of what he enjoyed in Cuba.

Caña Brava is another fine spirit over seen by the spirited collective known as the 86 Co. (Simon Ford, Jason Kosmos, Dushan Zaric, Malte Barnekow and Kris Roth).  Oh, and the name Caña Brava?  It is a type of wild grass that can grown up to 20 feet high.

Caña Brava (86 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Sweet, dry and with a lot of lime citrus.
Taste: Full flavored and rich with a hefty body.  A lot of minerality comes through along with hints of citrus zest, peppery spices and a slight sea salt edge.
Finish: Amazingly long, considering it’s only been aged for three years.  I think this comes from the dual aging in a combination of new, un-charred American oak and used American Whiskey barrels.
Overall: Really, a powerhouse of a blanco rum.  I guarantee that this rum will enliven a Daiquiri, Mojito or Between the Sheets cocktail.  Better than many rums that have been on the market for decades.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Caña Brava