Havana Club 3 Year

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$ — 40% — 3 Years

The original mojito rum, Havana Club is now near-impossible to come by in the States. An artifact of the Cold War era, specifically the Cuban Missile Crisis, our trade embargo with Cuba endures. Though if you happen to be outside U.S. territories in the Caribbean, it's hard not to bump into this product.

The forbidden rum, U.S. citizens drastically hype up Havana Club as a be-all-end-all product, though you won't find many people around the Caribbean kicking up a lot of fuss about it. This is a grocery store item.

Nothing special on its own, Havana Club does mix up a very nice cocktail. It has the right viscosity and sharpness to it that pairs so well with sugar, lime and undoubtedly also mint. It would likely flounder under peppermint, which is why almost always bartenders insist upon the softer spearmint for authentic mojitos — the yerba buena variety in particular.

Personally, I think pineapple mint is best but — unless you're growing it yourself — good luck finding it.

This product is not to be confused with Bacardi's, though it is a bit unclear exactly how similar they are. After the Arechabala's family company was seized by Cuba's communist government, the expatriated Bacardi family bought the recipe from the Arechabalas and began replicating it in Puerto Rico. Bacardi is still fighting the E.U. for rights to the name. Needless to say their products are not found in Cuba.

Havana Club is located in Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba in the Greater Antilles of the Caribbean. Established in 1878 by José Arechabala, it is now owned by Pernod Ricard and the Cuban government.