Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros Rum (70cl, 45%)
A relaunch of Havana Club’s Cuban Barrel Proof edition, Selección de Maestros has benefited from an eye-catching packaging upgrade and is bottled at 45% for extra oomph. The Gold Medal-winning liquid inside Havana Club Selección de Maestros remains the same as for the old Cuban Barrel Proof – as the name suggests, the casks have been hand-picked by the maestros roneros from the company’s finest aged stocks. The rums selected by the maestros ronerosare finished in special casks chosen for their aromatic properties before being bottled at a higher strength than the standard range for a more intense, immediate flavour on the palate.
Nose: Burnt sugar, maple syrup, pecan Danishes, ginger, nutmeg and oak.
Palate: Lots of character and spicy complexity. Notes of chocolate oranges, espresso beans, cedar wood, cigar leaves, calves leather, musty woodsheds and crème caramel.
Finish: Hints of smoke and sugared peels, very fruity.