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Old 06-23-2008, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default Havana Club

For those of you from the Cuba accepting nations, what do you guys think of Havana Club's line-up?

A friend of mine just got back from a trip and brought me back a surprise bottle of the HC anejo 7 anos. I'm not sure if it is an effect of drinking from the 'forbidden fruits' here in the US, but I really like that rum. It has a lot of flavor for being a 'light' style rum. It was easily drinkable neat and just as good with a chunk of ice.

What are their other rums like? I see they have a blanco, 3 anos, especial, reserva, and on the upper end, a 15 anos, 'cuban barrel proof' and the Maximo extra anejo.

Maybe someday we'll be able to get these available in the US...
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:38 PM   #2
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I'm not sure if it is an effect of drinking from the 'forbidden fruits' here in the US, but I really like that rum. It has a lot of flavor for being a 'light' style rum. It was easily drinkable neat and just as good with a chunk of ice.
I LOVE the Havana Club rums..that is, those i`ve tried so far which all 3 are a staple in my home bar.

HC7 - for the same reasons as you wrote, it has a lot of flavor...
HC 3 anos - tasty...and smoother than the Blanco.
HC Blanco - tasty..and some more bite than the 3 anos.

I use these 3 all the time, don`t want to be without them.

I hope to soon taste the 15 anos..

I really hope you shall be able to get these in the US...one day soon.
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Old 06-23-2008, 05:18 PM   #3
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Blanco is excellent for different cocktails, very high quality. I don't have tasting notes at this moment but look for a review at some point. Barrel proof is a decent rum but a bit spicy due to the higher than normal alcohol volume. See detailed review here. Especial is a nice drop as well and great for cocktails but can also be sipped as such.

HC7 is definitely the best of the group but not that flavourful in my opinion. The nose however is full of aromas. I'm interested to know whether your tasting experience of HC7 matches with mine?

In my opinion HC rums are not that remarkable but nice to have anyway.

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Old 06-23-2008, 09:20 PM   #4
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I think the HC 3 makes one of the best Daquiris and Mojitos. As far as light bodied rums go, you can't beat the HC7. I really enjoy this rum.
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Old 06-24-2008, 05:26 AM   #5
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I love them all but find that when you mix a Mojito with HC it tastes genuinely better than with other rums, imho anyway
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:15 PM   #6
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I pick up some Havana Club in duty-free stores almost every time I travel out of the US.

They ALL seem to have it.

The 7-year is a nice dark rum for mixing, great in a lot of the tropical drinks (Mai Tai, etc).

The Gran Reserva is a very nice rum to drink straight, maybe with an cube or two of ice, it has a rich buttery flavor.
I dig it.

The 2-year (white or dark) is fine for cocktails, but if (like so many of us on this board) you are in the US and have to go through a hassle to get Havana club, then skip it - it is nothing special - use your resources to get the better stuff.
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I have reviewed the Especial for you.
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I agree with all of you.
As for the HC Barrel-proof it has one of the most unique boquets, with a lot of different facets, but it's disapoints a bit on the taste. It's quite small and the aftertaste is over fast aswell.

I was so lucky to find a bottle of the HC 15 y, on a trip to Germany, and it sure is a great rum. It was a bit expensive, but i totally think it was worth it. It fills the glass and really explodes in your mouth and the aftertaste is also quite exceptional.

You all really should try this!
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if i ever get the chance i`ll definetily try to get the HC 15.
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Since the subject is Havana Club, did anyone had the occasion of tasting the Maximo rum? It is the most expensive rum I've seen for sale ($2000 in Canada)
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