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Old 02-10-2009, 09:43 PM   #1
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Default Cuban rum on the way?

As I expected, the new US administration has wasted little time proposing the "Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act". If passed, one would imagine that trade with Cuba couldn't be far behind. Setting aside the politics (sorry, I'm just here for the rum!), what would you look forward to most? I just can't wait to get my hands on a bottle of Havana Club Anejo 15 Anos.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:07 PM   #2
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While transiting thru Miami Airport recently I saw departures to Havana, Cuba on two seperate airlines on the TV screens. I have never seen this before. Hopefully a good sign of things to come.
Cuban rums I feel are special because you almost feel that you are drinking something illegal. Once they become legal to everyone, I think the mystique will wear off. They are all pretty much similar, often hiding their true ages behind the labels. All are light style, with little depth or body. However still great to add to any collection.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:17 PM   #3
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The forbidden fruit, I'd love to taste the HC brands and would love to see how the culture imparts its identity onto the rum. Cuba from what I know is one of the few islands that produces their rum from local sugar cane (I know I can name others) and I'd like to see how this effects the rum.
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Old 02-11-2009, 03:57 AM   #4
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We can get Havana Club up here, and I have to say you're not missing much! I have a couple of bottles, but they have slipped to the back of the cupboard, and only get dug out for mixing. Definitely not sippers IMHO! Perhaps there are some smaller distilleries that will benefit from the US lifting trade sanctions. (long overdue if you ask me! The cold war is ancient history!)
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:48 AM   #5
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We can get Havana Club up here, and I have to say you're not missing much!
I tend to agree, although I've never tried the 15 or (for probably obvious reasons) the Maximo.

The 7 is a decent sipper, but there are lots of rums I'd reach for before before going to that. HC rums are nevertheless worthy additions to any collection!
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:03 AM   #6
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I really like the anejo especial. Definitely try this one if the USA lets them in.
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:25 PM   #7
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I tried a few Cuban rums while in Costa Rica. Decent and also very inexpensive. I preferred Flor de Cana which was in the same price range. But always nice to drink something different.
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I remember last year while visiting Mr Burr in Miami on my way to The Caribbean, one of the rums I brought him was a Havana 7, specially designed for the 7th year of their bi-annual grand prix cocktail competition. I felt like a rum runner smuggling in illegal rum into the states. I suppose if the trade embargo is lifted, I'll have to find something else to smuggle into the states.
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As I expected, the new US administration has wasted little time proposing the "Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act". If passed, one would imagine that trade with Cuba couldn't be far behind. Setting aside the politics (sorry, I'm just here for the rum!), what would you look forward to most? I just can't wait to get my hands on a bottle of Havana Club Anejo 15 Anos.

HC15 is good, but not worth the premium price IMHO. I'd rather have 3 or 4 bottles of Varadero 15 or Santiago Anejo Superior.
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I remember last year while visiting Mr Burr in Miami on my way to The Caribbean, one of the rums I brought him was a Havana 7, specially designed for the 7th year of their bi-annual grand prix cocktail competition. I felt like a rum runner smuggling in illegal rum into the states. I suppose if the trade embargo is lifted, I'll have to find something else to smuggle into the states.
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since you're visiting us again in the coming week, see what else you can slip in to the states under the radar.
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