Grand Havana Reserva Excelencia

Grand Havana Rum

Product of:  Grenada
Aged:  up to 7 years
Price: $26
Alcohol: 40% ABV
Context:  Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating: 7.5

Tasting Notes
Grand Havana Reserva Excelencia Rum is light straw in color. A simple and clean nose is pleasant and slightly sweet with caramel but reveals only a few aromas, including a fresh cane grassiness, and hints of clove and cinnamon. Initial tasting reveals some heat with delicate vanilla flavor.  A medium body reinforces the clean aromas with a touch of anise and vanilla.  The finish is medium in length, initially slightly grassy, but ultimately a bit sweet, leaving you appreciating this rum produced with a traditional Cuban hand crafted formula.

Rum Gallery was introduced to Grand Havana Reserva Excelencia Rum after touring the Westerhall Distillery in Grenada in 2007. After a real eye-opening tour of the Museum and historic distillery grounds with ruins and production machinery dating to 1800, I was treated to samples of Westerhall’s products including Grand Havana Reserva Excelencia. I highly recommend the tour if you are fortunate enough to visit the beautiful island of Grenada. 

The rum is made from a fourth generation Cuban Arregui family recipe first distilled in the late 19th century just outside of Havana.  Brought to the US in the 1960’s it was resurrected about 8 years ago by father and son.  They searched for a distillery that would make it true to their specifications and recipes. Westerhall’s old copper kettles, pot stills, and willingness to follow the traditional recipe resulted in a fruitful partnership. The rum is aged in charred 40-gallon sherry casks from Spain.  The conventional, tall bottle displays a dark classic label hand adorned with the batch number, indicating Grand Havana’s limited quantities. A screw cap covered with black foil tops the bottle, with packaging completed in a faux alligator skin black cylinder.

Grand Havan Reserva Excelencia is nice enough to be enjoyed neat, but it really shines when mixed in a cocktail where its subtle flavors add to the drink, such as a Fidel Castro or daiquiri.

Reviewed: August, 2008 at the Rum Gallery USA.

© Dave Russell 2017