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Havana Club Tributo 2017 Limited Edition (2nd Edition) Cuban Rum

alc./vol:
40%

Proof:
80°

Vintage:
2017

Aged:
No age statement

Product of: Product of Cuba Cuba

Launched in March 2017, Tributo 2017 is the second release in Havana Club’s Tributo collection and comprises 2,500 bottles. The press release which accompanied our sample says “The ‘aguardiente’ is at the heart of this rum, and has been enhanced by maturation in barrels that are over 80 years old.”

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Review and Tasting

Sampled on 11/06/2017

Appearance

Clear, deep golden amber. Noticeably thick tears on glass.

Aroma

Wood varnish, caramel, honey, tobacco leaf and cigar box with faint clove and white pepper spice.

Taste

Bitter and slightly astringent wood tannins cut through honeyed richness and raisin fruit with tobacco, bitter chocolate and wood varnish.

Aftertaste

Dry spicy finish with more tannins and wood varnish.

Overall

This is a big rum, which (partly due to its limited availability) has an equally high price tag. Being generous, this is a perfect cigar rum, with the body and flavour to match a Cuban cigar with a ring gauge in the 50s. But as a sipping rum, it is perhaps overly aged, woody and tannic – hence our rating.