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<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->Havana Club
is a brand of rum
, made in Santa Cruz del Norte
. The brand was established by José Arechabala in 1878. After the Cuban Revolution
of 1959, the distillery and company was nationalized
by the Cuban government; subsequently, the Arechabala family left for Spain
, then emigrated to the United States
. Since 1994 it has been produced by Havana Club International, a 50:50 joint venture
between Pernod Ricard
and the Cuban government.
Grades of Havana Club Rum
thumb|upright|Cuban Barrel Proof
Añejo 15 Años (15 Years)
The 15 Años Gran Reserva has an alcohol content of 40% ABV.
Cuban Barrel Proof
Cuban Barrel Proof is bottled straight from the barrel. The alcohol content is slightly higher than Añejo 15 Años at 45% ABV. It is blended by Don José Navarro then ‘finished’ in younger oak casks to recreate its oak aroma and bouquet. The casks are then opened and the batch of rum is bottled.
Máximo Extra Añejo
Máximo Extra Añejo was announced in November 2006 by Pernod Ricard, whose marketeers labelled it a new 'ultra-premium extra-aged rum'. This Rum is a blend of many different ages of rum, repeatedly blended with fresh sugarcane distillate and then further aged. The final act of blending, the 'toque' produces the finished product. Its retail price is set at $1200 per bottle.thumb|left|The distillery in Santa......