Havana Club New Especial
Havana Club New Especial is a Cuban Rum produced by Havana Club International (a joint venture between the Cuban Government and Pernod Ricard) currently produced in two Cuban locations, San José de Las Lajas and Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba. According to tradition, the production of the Havana Club New Especial rum which was to become Havana Club began in 1878 when Spanish immigrant José Arechabala established Destileria La Vizcaya in the port city of Cárdenas, Cuba. The distillery remained in the hands of the Arechabala family and in 1934 José’s grandson (also named José Arechabala) apparently created the recipe for Havana Club Rum and began to market it throughout the world. However, the family lost control of the distillery and the brand when after the Cuban Revolution of 1959, the Cuban Government nationalized the distillery and company.
This Havana Club New Especial rum underwent a rather unique maturation process where it is first aged in old white oak barrels, and when the final rum is blended, it is then finished in specially ‘selected’ younger finishing casks.
have heard of this ‘Double Barrel’ approach with whisky, but the Havana Club Cuban Barrel Proof Rum was the first rums that know of which used older white oak maturation casks and then younger fresh oak finishing casks.
Havana Club New Especial In the Bottle
The bottle is packaged in a very attractive beige cardboard box with the bold blue and red Havana Club logo on the front. The box states that the rum is first aged in Extra Old white oak, and then the final blend is finished in special ‘selected’ finish casks. have heard of this ‘Double Barrel’ approach with whisky, but this is the first time have read of the approach used to finish an aged rum.
And believe it is very unusual to choose young oak for the finishing, and older ‘used’ oak for the initial aging. A quick check of the Havana Club website expands on this information and piques my interest. The bottle itself is very attractively labeled
Havana Club New Especial In the Glass
The rum has a lighter color a mild reddish tinge. As poured the rum into my Glencairn glass nose was immediately swatted with a sweet toffee updraft. Hints of cinnamon spice complement the aroma, and the complete lack of any charred or burnt notes. This is intense, sweet, and clean. the drink sits for just a moment, and a pleasant licorice aroma reminiscent of Sambuca enters the fray. This is marvelous.
Havana Club New Especial Flavour
Toffee!! Old style Macintosh toffee. Remember that stuff from 15 years ago in the red cardboard box. You had to smack it on the table to break it. I taste that old-style toffee….Yummy! Cinnamon too… just a tad, just enough to give the rum a little heat. This is so good!
Deep in the back of the palate, there is a little spicy port wine cigar smoke, and finally traces of oak tannin. Over the top of all of these flavors is sweet rum molasses. This is complex, yet almost perfectly balanced, one of the finest flavor profiles
have ever experienced. It is hard to let the rum sit in my mouth
A silky smooth follow-through leaves the mouth heated, and the throat coated with a very gentle oil. In the throat, a nice little bit of that spicy port cigar. The toffee and cinnamon flavors stay the longest which suits me just fine. The follow-through is incredibly smooth for a 45% spirit.
Havana Club New Especial LAst thought
Wow, does this ever deliver! It is really hard to find fault in the experience, and the fact that has not even been tempted to visit another rum since opened the bottle reveals its spectacular character. The flavors are so intense yet so complementary to each other. If you folks in the USA have no other reason to lift the embargo on Cuba, this elixir is reason enough!
Smooth and remarkable, this aged Cuban rum is the ideal partner of premium cola for the ultimate Cuba Libre taste experience. A light sweetness and vanilla notes from the aging process complement hints of cinnamon, tobacco, zesty orange, and dry oak. This aromatic complexity brings added depth to the refreshing and straightforward Cuba Libre cocktail.
Enjoy it with a great Cuban or New World Cigar!