Havana Club 7 Years
Originally founded in Cuba in 1934 this rum brand was nationalised during the Cuban revolution and is now sold everywhere but the United States. (Which has a competing rum brand by the same name produced by Bacardi)
The tall and slender bottle gives of a air of classical design, which I enjoy. Once in the glass, it is a pale amber that when swirled leaves a thick coating on the glass.
From far away the first thing I noticed was a sweet raw coconut aroma wafting out of the glass. As you bring it in to take a good whiff, the sweetness kicks it up a notch - really showing it molosses roots. This one is overwhelmed by toffee, brown sugar, and caramel. A light oak and smoky scent is imparted from the barrel. Lastly, hinting at its tropical beginnings - a light citrus scent can be found.
Continuing from the nose, the sweetness is dominating on the palate with a somewhat syrupy viscosity. The toffee, brown sugar, and caramel are still the foremost flavours. The sugar notes endure into the dried fruit notes of raisins and prunes. Citrus (orange), oak and smokiness, while more prominent, play second fiddle.
The thickness of the drink leaves a lasting impression as the flavours stay in your mouth for some time. The flavours meld fairly quickly, resulting in something akin to letting brown sugar dissolve on your tongue.
Personally, while I think you can easily have a glass or two of this straight, it is best used in a mixed drink. My go to for a good Cuba libre - this one is a staple on my liquor shelf. Especially at such a low price.
After adding two small ice cubes, citrus becomes dominant on the nose. The sweet smells become muddled and blend together into a general molasses sweetness. The sweetness and orange come though, with the dried fruit remaining in the background.
Product: Havana Club 7 Years
Aroma: Sweetness, Oak, Brown Sugar, Toffee, Caramel, Citrus (orange), Light Smoke, Nutmeg, Coconut.
Flavour Intensity: Medium
Flavour Characteristics: Orange, Toffee, Caramel, Oak, Smoke, Brown Sugar, Prune, Raisin, Orange Peel, Melon.
Quality: Very Good
Reasoning: Complexity, Flavour Range, Balance.
Theme: Aged rum
Style: Ron Anejo