Pernod Ricard-owned Havana Club has released the fourth instalment in its limited edition luxury range of Cuban rums – Tributo 2019.
To create the new expression, three generations of maestros del ron Cubano (masters of Cuban rum) came together for a blending exercise, including don José Navarro, primer maestro del Ron Cubano; Asbel Morales, maestro del ron Cubano; and Salomé Aleman, the first and only female maestra del ron Cubano.
Each maestro selected a rare and extra-aged rum base, representing their own style, which were left to mature in the 1970s, 1990s, 2010s.
The bases, including one that has been matured in rare cognac casks, were combined and blended with a rum that has rested for over 25 years in French oak barrels.
Havana Club Tributo 2019 is said to have notes of dry fruits and oak on the nose, with flavours of vanilla, dried fruits and roasted almonds on the palate.
The rum is presented in a luxury wooden box. Each bottle is numbered and personalised with the signature of the three masters.
Only 2,500 bottles of Havana Club Tributo 2019 have been created. Bottled at 40% ABV, the rum will be available in over 20 markets from March 2019.
Asbel Morales, Havana Club’s maestro del ron cubano, said: “Once again, the Havana Club Tributo collection praises the richness and variety of styles that form the base of the authentic Cuban rum category.
“Each rum in the Tributo range uniquely focuses on a different element of the production process, from our ancient rum bases to cask experimentation, and the 2019 edition continues this story by honouring the craftsmanship of three of the Maestros del Ron Cubano.
“It has been a privilege to craft Havana Club Tributo 2019 with Don José Navarro and Salomé Aleman and pay homage to the masters of Cuban rum, past and present, whose commitment to quality has always ensured that Havana Club has the very best rums in the world.”