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I had it after dinner in Havana. Served in a huge, Cognac-type, balloon glass. Neat, of course. And accompanied by a smooth Cohiba cigar (even though I normally don't smoke).
Color : Amber to mahogany
Flavour : Rich fruits flavor supported by delicat spice & tobocco notes, raisins
Palate : Silky, med-bodied, dry & rich
Little bit too overpriced
I had a fantastic opportunity to taste 4 different Havana Clubs in Cuba. I have always been a fan of the 7 years old one.
Here is a summary of all the four.
1. Seleccion de Maestros
No too sweet, nice round taste, maybe little alcohol taste. Rum has 45% of alcohol so a small drop of water helps. Lot of fruits and some spice.
2. Anejo 15
More balanced and deeper in flavour than Seleccio de Maestros. Again, this might have something to do with Seleccios higher alcohol level. Flavours like apple, honey and spices.
3. Tributo 2016
A fantastic product, close to perfection. Really looking for the 2017 edition. Blend of rare casks some as old as 80 years H huge and long taste
A collaboration between Havana Club and Chiba Cigars. You could actually say that nose and flavour has some tobacco and smoke in it. Maybe more sweet than other Havana Club products. For me the 2nd best so far.
Still looking for the Maximo, but price of about 1.500€ lets me still wait for it
Souvent mal comprise, la maison Havana Club produit des rhums de très grande qualités qui diffèrent de la plupart des grandes maisons commerciales.
Sans grosse melasse ou saveurs ajoutées, le Havana club 15 ans n'a rien à envier à ses cousins "pimpé" des Caraïbes.
Raisins sec, petits fruits au nez.
Caramel salé, fût de chêne, petite note de porto en bouche.
D'une grande élégance malgré qu'on en demande un peu trop cher pour avoir le plaisir de le déguster.
Questo 15 anni è molto piacevole, il sapore è ben bilanciato. Non c'è paragone con il 7 anni. Peccato che si deve spendere troppo per un buon Havana
Si bien su precio es difícil de pagar, es un placer haber probado este ron. Seco pero permite saborearse bien. Es curioso porqué muestra el añejamiento más bajo (es 15 años porque contiene mezclas de 15 años para arriba) por eso da la sensación de estar comprando un ron muy caro pero lo que se está tomando es realmente valioso.
Fruchtiges Aroma welches sich im Gaumen durchsetzt. Dort ist er zunächst mit Aromen von Honig und getrockneten Pflaumen präsent, anschliessend folgen Noten von Bananen, Birnen und getrocknete Feigen.
Good sipper, doesn't mix well. Smooth but still offers up a little burn. Overpriced for what it is.
A pesar que este ron cuenta con un llamativo color, y un buen aroma, al probarlo a mi parecer es un ron simple sin sabores trabajados, si bien no es un ron netamente seco. Es a mi parecer un ron soso, que no equivale lo que cuesta.
Strong and bold, a little rough. Goes great with a cigar, and I am not a smoker. had several glasses but could not bring myself to spend the money for a bottle.
Havana Club 15 year is available from most airport tax free shops and makes a pretty decent buy, but the flavor profile is not really bringing out any clear flavors, but the experience is a mixture of a lot of flavors. The most disappointing fact is a very strong afterburn, which shouldn't be there for such a classy manufacturer of aged rums. 15 year is more expensive than the Seleccion de Maestros and has a stronger burn at the end.
Paired this with a Montecristo Edmundo and has been on the shelf for a few years before opening it up for the first time. Excellent rum- just a top shelf Cuban rum. It has more "bite" than the top of the list Santiago de Cuba (25 and 20 year olds) but its unique taste gives it a big thumbs up. Always take my rum neat. Rich taste and relatively strong due to alch content but very well balanced. It is a bit "peppery" and stays on the tongue and palate but subtle.
Fragrant of dried coconut candy (which we complement with all serving rums) and dried raisins with a hint of cinnamon.
Taste of fresh sugar cane juice and tangy-ness of unripe peach, buttery, toffee and slightly peppery.
Medium finishing with buttery and nutty cashew nuts lingering towards to end.
Beautiful sweet flavoured rum that so smooth for sipping no need to mix
Probably mostly works as a sipping rum, if now that is a bad thing. Many pleasant notes and goes down smoothly. Overpriced as hell ofcourse...the barrel proof version is a lot cheaper and at least as good.
Meget rund og blid og langt bedre end Maestros, men til prisen mangler den noget.
nice taste, but to expensive for that what it is!!
I waited a long time to get my hands on this rum(thanks big Bill!!).
This did not disappoint; except maybe the price which was 160 American and that's like 5000 Canadian these days.
This one sort of reminds me of Diplomatico Exclusive Reserva in that there is a lot going on in there. It has a nice bold tobacco-like dry taste with a great black current nose.
It is as smooth as anything and goes great with a Cohiba Madura.
Good solid rum with fruity tannin taste.
But also lives from its name. Even in Havana about 150$ now.
I give it a lower rating as I gave the Barrel Proof as it is three times more expensive but not three times better.
Esto es un ron. Es muy suave. Al tragar no raspa. En el sabor encontramos muchas cosas agradables. No es ni seco ni dulce. Yo lo he acompañado con un puro Cuaba. Que combinación.
No hay nada como un 15 años con un buen habano partagas en la tarde en la playa del Este
I really enjoy that bottle. Great full flavor, very smooth, just at right level of sweetness. So easy to sip that I finished bottle sooner than I would like :). For me is 9.5
Really good and I can not say anything bad on this one, however I can not say anything extra positive... worth trying, you have to know this taste to objectively compare with other rums. Overpriced in my opinion.
Havana Club 15 Year rum tasting notes by Mike at the Ultimate Rum Guide
Havana Club 15-Year rum bottle update by The Floating Rum Shack