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Havana Club Añejo Especial is a blend of rums aged for up to five years produced from the fermented molasses of sugar cane harvested in Cuba. The molasses is combined with yeast and water, distilled using column stills, and aged in white oak barrels.
Havana Club was founded in 1878 by Jose Arechabala and later nationalized after the Cuban Revolution in 1959.
This is just a standard rum. For an Australian, this shits on Bundaberg but it needs to be mixed.
I enjoyed countless bottles of this one in my life. Very fair price for what you get!
Compared to the Havana Club 7 anos, is this one less intense. But very nice and good priced rum.
Always a great rum night with my favourite "bang for bucks" rum. Every drink improves an already exceptional Cuban flavour. In my opinion better than the more expensive 7 year old
Smooth but with a twang. A really nice drink with a great flavour.
Very tasteful, a really good basic rum in my opinion the best for that kind of money
In my opinion best quality:price ratio. The price is very pleasant, nevertheless the rum is surprisingly good. Suitable for drinking straight or in a drink. A bit drier taste. Very well deserved 80%.
Prepare your brain for a forgotten languege - Russian English :)
For most rum lovers, Havana Club Anejo Especial is a good rum for cocktails. But not for sipping. Perhaps this is true, but for my taste this rum is quite good for drinking neat. Especially for its affordable price. This is a matured in white oak barrels rum, which has its own character. Aroma of dried fruits, some vanilla and chocolate. Freshly opened rum had a fine taste of raisins and apricots. After the bottle was exhausted, the wonderful aftertaste was gone, but the rum retained the sweetish flavor of dried fruits, cocoa and a little spice. The first time in my memory a just open bottle of alcohol I like more than injected with oxygen. In general, I recommend. Good, quality, inexpensive rum.
Для большинства ценителей рома, Havana Club Anejo Especial хороший ром для коктейлей. Но не для того чтобы пить его чистым. Возможно это так и есть, но на мой вкус этот ром вполне хорош для питья чистым. Особенно учитывая его доступную цену. Это вполне сформировавшийся в бочках ром, имеющий свой характер. Аромат сухофруктов, немного ванили и шоколада. Свежеоткрытый ром имел ярко выраженный привкус изюма и абрикоса. После того, как бутылка продышалась, то изумительное послевкусие ушло, но ром сохранил сладковатый привкус сухофруктов, какао и немного специй. Первый раз на мой памяти бутылка свежеоткрытого алкоголя мне нравится больше, чем продышавшаяся. Вобщем рекомендую. Хороший, качественный недорогой ром.
Carries a deep cocoa, chocolate, almost coffee flavour.
A simple yet tasty rum for a simple drink. Highly recommend
Good rum for its price. Quite soft and pleasant taste to drink it with ice.
In the world are better rums by half prized... never drink it again
If you really wanna mix coke and dark rum.. try this one. But it doesn't need to be mixed, great taste...
A bit harsh straight up, but i love it when it's mixed. My go to drink when the barr has no real good rum to offer. Especially with fanta it's amazing. The orange really enhances the rum
Not a favorite on ice or straight but the perfect rum for Cuba Libre.
One would definitely expect more of a rum, that contains “especial” in its name...
Méně kvalitnější Kubánský rum s jemně sladkou vůní i chutí. Slušný poměr cena/výkon.
A young blended Cuban, aged in oak.
It does what it says on the tin, and well.
Good nose of dried fruit with a bit of wood.
Aroma in the mouth a little overpowered by the lively alcohol, subtle oakey finish.
Not a top sipper, but then it's not meant to be.
Ok actually, I was expecting worse. Mixer, but you could drink it straight without too much pain as long as you’ve got enough ice knocking about. Probably a little better than the 7 year old.
A 5.5 on my scale. Shared from a friend. Good, but not great (the rum, not the friend). No interesting flavors (same qualifier).
First sips with rest of the morning coffee gave this a super starting point.
Great value and classic taste of rum.
It is quite OK. Initial hit is just fine. No undesirable aftertaste. The taste is not overpowering in any way. Mixed or not, I don't know.
Not what I expected after reading the posts here. Sugary vanilla was how I caught it and sadly it didn’t work nicely in any of my usual drinks with the exception of the Cuba libre.
Great in a Cuba libre but I don’t think I’ll get it again.
Cuba and rum go hand in hand with a lighter style of rum. They offer a wide range of rums from their 3 year which can be bought for about $20US, to their Holy Grail, Maximo, which will set you back about $1400US.
With this entry by Havana Club, I would lean more towards using this as a mixer or very introductory sipper depending on your threshold for limited complexity and burn and it’s reaction with olfactory and gustatory perception.
At any rate, if you can get your hands on a bottle, do so, especially with how difficult getting anything from Cuba into the States can be.
Havana Club Anejo Especial rum new bottle and recipe launch by The Floating Rum Shack