Burns Night is usually associated with whisky – but in Rabbie’s day the spirits of choice were Irish Whiskey or Rum!
This was before Aeneas Coffey invented his patent still allowing the art of blending to fuel the rise of Scotch Whisky.
Rabbie at one point contemplated heading to Jamaica – but his growing poetry fame held him at home.
Havana Club 3 is a Cuban Rum. It’s unlikely Rabbie tasted any as the island was under Spanish control at the time.
Despite being aged for 3 years – Havana filter the rum in charcoal to leave the colour a pale straw hue – & possibly reduce the pungency too!
Nonetheless there’s a fresh & fruity grassiness to the nose.
Very mild & mellow on the palate – yet a pleasing black peppery spice enlivens up the finish leaving a prickly tingling on the tongue.
Entertaining neat – but more commonly used as a base for mixing.
I wonder if Rabbie would have approved?