Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros70cl / 45%
A relaunch of Havana Club's Cuban Barrel Proof edition, Seleccion 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 Seleccion de Maestros remains the same as for the old Cuban Barrel Proof - as the name suggests, the casks have been hand-picked by the Master Roneros from the company's finest aged stocks. The rums selected by the Roneros are 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.
Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros Reviews
Tasting Notes by Hector M
Nose: You can tell that this has a good proportion of older spirit in the mix, with an expressive nose of soft fruits, peach and light citrus notes giving way to a palate very akin to the bourbons made across the water in mainland America.
Palate: Mouthcoating, piney and caramel-heavy.
Finish: Creamy and spicy; begs for a repeat visit.
Producer's Tasting Notes
Appearance: Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros distinguishes itself by a warm amber hue, with a deep red glow.
Nose: A light nose of caramel, toasted pecan and spice aromas which reveals more robust origins with tobacco aromas and the presence of wood character.
Palate: A round and buoyant entry leads to a complex, flavourful, full-bodied palate of dark caramel, cocoa, coffee, sweet tobacco and brown spices.
Finish: A pleasant smoky oak and spice finish blended with caramelised fruits to give the experience a remarkable balance.
14 Customer Reviews
This is exceptionally good! It is far more complex than many other sipping rums, even though some outperform this one by sheer intensity of one or two notes. (Plantation Barbados XO is such an example: Its aroma is stronger than that of the Selecci?n, but in comparison much less diverse.) You have to sniff for quite a while until the complexity of the aromas really becomes evident. When you have reached this point you will be convinced that this is one of the best rums available. It is easily the best in my cabinet and I would put it clearly above the Plantation Barbados XO, the Diplomatico Reserva exclusiva and Ron Zacapa Solera 23 ... If you prefer the sweet rums then you may disagree
I''d heard this was a good edition to the range and really enjoyed the first bottle. Lucky for me a Tesco were offloading as an end of line so got a second bottle this week for ?25! but would buy again from TWE at their price
Its The best rum
In my opinion the best of the havana club range, other than the maestro which I havnt tried yet
Spotted this in a local supermarket and had to grab a bottle (cost 47 quid in the supermarket as well, so a good price on this site if you cant find it locally). Usually drink Havana 7, Diplomatico, Zecapa amongst others. I've also had this stuff in when it was previously labelled as Barrel Proof and have to say, it is a superb sipping rum, I would highly recommend splashing out on this if you like your rums.
If you taste a 15 years old rum barrel proof u will not drink any thing else again,that is nothing just to send it down your throat ,that is some to have a good time with,and relax by a good cigar..
This product is indeed unique, because it is the result of a collective gathering of most members of Cuban Maestros Roneros' guild who hand select the rum bases and barrels that create the final blend before the finish, then after some time they meet again to assess every barrel, only those who fit the profile will be sent for bottling at cask strength, no adjusments allowed.
The extra 5% really makes a difference. I had to add a splash of water to this, otherwise in the nose there was a sharp blast of alcohol when I raised the glass to my mouth - to be expected from a barrel strength rum I suppose ( this is my first) but after trying the 3yr, anejo, & 7yr I was a little disappointed in this as a neat sipping rum, though it is very smooth cut with h20 and will also make a great rum old fashioned.
A mate's just given me a bottle and WOW! this stuff is smooth. Syrupy smooth with a wonderful kick. I thought the 7 year old was the best - I've three different "grades" of HC - but this stuff is simply the bestest straight rum I have ever had. I can see this having to into protective custody!
this is a real rum, no sweet taste for beginners or easy to drink tricks, I love it!!!