A ringer for Havana Club "mash bill" taste profile
8 Jul '18
I've been sipping from a couple of bottles of Havana Club Anejo 7 Anos my lovely girfriend brought home from France, and while enjoying it on its own, I've also done a few thimble-size taste comparisons with many readily available (in the U.S of A.) rums.
There are only two Palo Viejo rums to be found-the gold and the white. The 1.5 sizes are in plastic bottles, they're both absurdly cheap and are ubiquitously reviewed as "acceptable" as best. Lots of snide comments referencing college drinking, terrible hangovers, OK as a mixer, "if there is nothing else available" etc. etc.
Setting aside preconceived "truths" about the price/quality equation, I can confidently suggest that this rum is the closest to Havana Club's taste profile I've had. Here is where I'm guessing: I don't currently have a bottle of the base HC for comparison, but both the gold and especially the white have an almost identical vanilla/banana core, and the same alchohol flame ratio as Havana Club which despite it's mystique is generally not recognized as the sine qua non of rums worldwide. But it's damn good stuff and so is Palo Viejo.
YMMV, but give it a try, especially if you have some Ron Cubano to compare.