Veradero Supremo

Veradero Supremo

Product of:  Cuba
Aged:  more than 15 years
Price: $61.50 at Fort Amador Port duty free shop in Panama (up to twice as much online)
 38% ABV
Context: Premium Aged Rum 
RG Rating:  9

Tasting Notes 
Extremely Smooth. Veradero Supremo displays is 15 years of aging in a gorgeous mahogany, medium-brown color.  Full of aromas, but soft, this is a velvet hammer of sugarcane caramel, with vanilla and oak foremost on the nose, then a mild alcohol delivers vegetal hints of sweet tobacco and fruit (banana, golden raisin, citrus) in this classic Cuban-style, highly mature rum.  The initial taste takes cues from the aromas, being sweet  of caramel and oak but not treacly, then balanced by slightly tart tropical fruit (papaya, mango, pineapple).  A medium heavy body stages a deep finish that sustains its flavors over the length of your tongue and throat in one consistent, prolonged event.

Corporacion Cuba ron S.A. produces Veradero rum from molasses at the Santiago de Cuba distillery in Havana.  The distillery was abandoned by Bacardi when that family fled Cuba after Castro took control of the country in 1959 and nationalized it’s rum companies.  For an excellent history of rum production on Cuba, see Bob “the Rumelier” Davies pictures and prose at  Cuban Rums

I feel fortunate to have sampled Veradero’s top of the line ron, as only 6,000 hand-bottled examples of Supremo have been set aside for export.  A stylish bottle it is too – certainly distinctive by Cuban standards.  Faceted like an emerald-cut jewel, the decanter allows Supremo’s rich color to shine through, enticing you to release the spirit inside by lifting the wooden cap of its natural cork stopper.  Relenting to such temptation, I wasn’t disappointed.  Full, rich like dulce de leche, Veradero Supremo is one of those rare and occasional treats best savored neat and comfortably.

Reviewed:  May 2011 at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017