Review: Havana Club Anejo Rum 7 Years Old

Smoother and more balanced than the Anejo Reserva bottling of Havana Club, this version of the Club carries a seven-year age statement, and the difference shows.

This is a perfect example of Cuban style rum (fitting since it’s actually from Cuba): There’s a huge amount of rich caramel character on the nose, with a light wood backing. Take a sip and you get a rush of heat, then smoothness: Sweet molasses and caramel, cane sugar, and a bit of cinnamon character in the finish. Very light on the wood, it veers into sweet vanilla — but it’s never cloying and never overly sugary. I’m deeply intrigued by the older Havana Clubs, though I can’t much imagine this being significantly improved by any additional time in oak. Best of all is the price, though you’ll have to buy it out of the country until the embargo is overturned. Come on, Obama!

80 proof.

A / about $28 / havana-club.com

havana club 7 years old anejo Review: Havana Club Anejo Rum 7 Years Old

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2 Responses to Review: Havana Club Anejo Rum 7 Years Old

  1. I found this place looking for information about a weird combination that someone made in mexico, they put a 500 ml bottle of Absolut Vodka with a regular 750 ml bottle of Havana Club 7 years in a same box, I didn’t try yet the Vodka but I can tell anybody that IT IS NOT Havana Club, all of these flavor that had been described in this review are missing, I’m from Cuba, I know what a good rum is, and this one is a very bad copy, it is fake 100%, the good one is the one that you can find in the single box, it is more expensive but it is the original, it is not the best rum of Cuba, the best one for me is the Añejo Matusalem or Añejo Caney, both of them disappeared from the market since the 90′s decade…

  2. Very strange, but counterfeit booze is not uncommon. I’m assuming it’s not THIS Havana Club… http://havanaclubus.com/ — part of the trademark fight between Bacardi and Pernod Ricard that has left 2 Havana Clubs on the market… The Bacardi version is made in Puerto Rico.

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