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The Maestros del Ron Cubano and Havana Club have unveiled Havana Club Don Navarro, an exclusive limited edition rum crafted by Cuba’s leading rum Masters in tribute to their historical leader, the late Primer Maestro José Pablo Navarro Campa.

Under the leadership of Havana Club’s Primer Maestro Juan Carlos González, Maestros and Aspirantes from all over the island gathered at the Havana Club distillery to honour Don Navarro’s extraordinary contribution to the Cuban rum tradition. Don Navarro devoted 50 years of his life to his passion for rum making, constantly learning, innovating and pushing boundaries – most significantly exemplified through his creation of Havana Club 7 in the 1970s using continuous ageing techniques. Through his career Navarro paved the way for both creativity and excellence for a whole generation of Maestros.

Created from an assemblage of aged rums from Havana Club’s exclusive reserves, Havana Club Don Navarro contains some of the Centenario base which was created by Don Navarro himself more than four decades ago and gave birth to what is known today as extra aged rums.

The epitome of Cuban rum craftmanship, this new Havana Club expression results in a rum with a unique colour and exceptional profile: smooth, elegant but, at the same time, strong, fervent and reminiscent of Don Navarro.

Anne Martin, Global Marketing Director for Havana Club, says: “It’s an honour to pay tribute to the father of Cuban rum as only we know how and enjoy it today with an extraordinary offering from the Havana Club cellars. When we welcomed all the Maestros to our San José Distillery, we remembered Don Navarro who used to say that ‘Rum is not born from a magical combination. It is a cultural heritage that is transmitted from Maestro to Maestro, from heart to heart, from Cuban to Cuban.’”

With a limited production of only 1,000 bottles, Havana Club Don Navarro will be available in Cuba at the SRP of $125 from October 2022 and exclusively through The Whisky Exchange in the UK, at an SRP of £130 from November 2022.

 

Tasting Notes for Havana Club Don Navarro

Colour: Deep amber, both dark and coppery.

Aroma: Incessant, balanced, with outstanding notes of dried fruit, honey, bitter chocolate. Notes of spices, which are balanced by the delicacy of the wooden notes of oak and a subtle aroma of aged tobacco.

Taste: Dry and sweet, intense, concentrated on the palate, with a broad flavor and notes of nuts and spices that are tanned towards a finish that lasts for minutes, combined with classic notes of chocolate, tobacco and coffee.

Dry glass: Reveals the incessant capacity of aromas and the ease with which they come out of the glass with an emphasis on chocolate and vanilla notes that demonstrates the final stage of aging.

Final Note: Long and spaced finish in the mouth.