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Product of: Puerto Rico
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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?