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Havana Club is a brand of rum, made in Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba. The brand was established by José Arechabala in 1878. After the Cuban Revolution of 1959, the distillery and company was nationalized by the Cuban government; subsequently, the Arechabala family left for Spain, then emigrated to the United States. Since 1994 it has been produced by Havana Club International, a 50:50 joint venture between Pernod Ricard and the Cuban government.

Grades of Havana Club Rum:

Añejo 15 Años (15 Years)

The 15 Años Gran Reserva has an alcohol content of 40% ABV.

Cuban Barrel Proof

Cuban Barrel Proof is bottled straight from the barrel. The alcohol content is slightly higher than Añejo 15 Años at 45% ABV. It is blended by Don José Navarro then ‘finished’ in younger oak casks to recreate its oak aroma and bouquet. The casks are then opened and the batch of rum is bottled.


Máximo Extra Añejo

Máximo Extra Añejo was announced in November 2006 by Pernod Ricard, whose marketeers labelled it a new 'ultra-premium extra-aged rum'. This Rum is a blend of many different ages of rum, repeatedly blended with fresh sugarcane distillate and then further aged. The final act of blending, the 'toque' produces the finished product. Its retail price is set at $1200 per bottle.
 

Havana Club has other grades of rum, all aged for different periods of time.

  • Añejo Blanco (White)
  • Añejo Reserva (Reserve)
  • Añejo 3 Años (3 Years)
  • Añejo Especial (Special)
  • Añejo 7 Años (7 Years)

Prices range from $3 CUC to $14 CUC in Cuban stores & gas stations also known as CUPET (Cuba Petroleum) as they are labeled.


Loco

Havana Club also produces Loco (sometimes called Havana Loco) which is fruit juice mixed with Añejo Blanco rum (loco in Spanish means crazy). These drinks are a derivative of Smirnoff and Bacardi wine coolers. The flavors are:

  • Limon (Lime)
  • Mango
  • Pasión
  • Toronja (pink grapefruit)
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review by . October 02, 2009
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It's not a club, it's Havana Club! The Best Rum!
So, where does the best rum come from? Puerto Rico? Nah! Cuba!   Then again, I'm not a drinker, who am I to say which is the best?! ;-)      Havana Club is something you've to buy or at least try when in Havana, Cuba. And I'm one of those fortunate few who has had the chance to visit this country which many Americans are dying to go & yet can't!!! Sometimes, it's great not being an American, haha....            …
Quick Tip by . March 06, 2010
One of the best rums I've had and when mixed with coke, you've got the best Cuba Libre & Cuba Light around!
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