Friday, October 19, 2012

Havana Club Museum - Havana, Cuba

Model of Early Distillery
     One of the highlights of the excursion to Havana last month was the visit to the Havana Club Museum.     This is a really cool visitor's center that takes you through the early rum producing equipment and processes.    There are many displays throughout the museum that cover everything from the stills to the bottling and storage of the bottles.    Havana Club has a very colorful history in Cuba and remains as the premier rum of Cuba.    Havana Club rum, was first created by José Arechabala in 1934 and sold throughout the world from his family-owned distillery in Cuba.   After the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the distillery and company were nationalized by the Cuban government and the Arechabala family emigrated to the United States.

     Today Havana Club in Cuba is a thriving company that is producing a variety of fine rums from the Anejo Blanco all the way to the nearly $2000.00 per bottle Maximo.   The tradition of excellence has been adhered to through the years and the rum lives up to its legendary reputation for quality and flavor.

     The museum also houses  the original "long bar" from Sloppy Joe's in Havana.   The bar serves today as the tasting room bar in the museum for fine cocktails and a chance to travel back in time when Havana was the place to be for party going Americans.

The Bar Havana Club is being finished up at the museum now.  It will serve as a place for visiting mixologists to stop in and apply their craft for the guests at the museum.  This is going to be a highlight for the visiting mixologists and the tourists as well.