I couldn’t review Bacardi’s 8 without looking at Havana’s 7.
Cuban rum products aren’t readily available in America – ever since the 1959 revolution.
Bacardí assets were nationalized & they set up business abroad while Pernod Ricard latterly took a stake in Cuba & released Havana Club.
Despite no longer producing in the country Bacardí claim Cuban heritage & there is a long running dispute between the 2 companies over labelling & trademark.
Cuban rum meanwhile has a set of rules – one of which is only rums produced there can display the ‘Republica De Garantia’ logo – as shown on Havana 7.
Golden brown in the Tuath Glass exhibiting thick legs.
Sweet dark caramels, toffee & hints of woody oak on the nose.
Easy enveloping mouthfeel develops a tingling spiciness which grows towards the finish.
Gentler, sweet dark fruitiness fades away softly.
A characterful rum.
Havana Club 7 is readily available in Ireland.