Aged: No age statement
Product of: Puerto Rico
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Made in Puerto Rico by Bacardi, this Havana Club should not to be confused with the Cuban made Havana Club Rum distributed by Pernod-Ricard. Ownership of the Havana Club trademark is disputed by Pernod-Ricard and Bacardi who have been arguing their respective rights in court since the late 1990s.
Bacardi maintain they acquired the Havana Club name when it bought the original recipe from the Arechabala family in 1994 and hold the trademark in the USA, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Meanwhile Pernod-Ricard, which holds the trademark throughout the rest of the world, lays claim to the Havana Club name through Cubaexport, a joint venture with the Cuban government.
There is no doubt that it is Pernod-Ricard that has built the Havana Club brand into the globally known house-hold name it is today but the Havana Club brand and associated assets were confiscated (Bacardi and others say illegally) from its original owners, the Arechabala family, after the 1959 Cuban revolution.
Castro’s communist government nationalised virtually all large and foreign-owned enterprises on the Island without paying compensation. (The Bacardi family lost their Cuban distillery and all other assets at the same time. Fortunately for Bacardi they had had the foresight to move much of their assets and some of their production away from Cuba prior to the revolution. ) In 1966-68, Castro’s government expropriated all remaining privately owned businesses, down to the level of street vendors.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 28/04/2013
Fermenting yeast with very slight smoky note.
Light bodied with slightly oily mouthfeel. Delicate sweet sugar cane, nutty yeasty notes with vanilla and wisps of smoke. Strange and wonderful tequila-like notes.
Slightly smoky charcoal with lingering delicate honeyed vanilla. Is this what the legendary Silver Dry once tasted like?
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Screw / Stelvin cap