Havana Club Especial—”Here’s one of my favorite rums for cocktail use, period. It’s got tremendous body with a taste reminiscent of the Cafe Brulot (a New Orleans Classic) and notes of burnt orange, vanilla, cinnamon, and a lovely woody note. It’s a great rum for the iconic Cuba Libre.” 7.
If you should ever be lucky enough to travel to Santiago de Cuba , you should not under any circumstances refer to it as Cuba’s second city. As far as the residents of this amazing city are concerned, they are most definitely number one. Spend some time here and you might well agree with them.
For starters, let’s take a look at what makes Cuban rum so good . On this count, the soil, weather, and terroir of Cuba make for great -tasting sugarcane. Plus, there is so much sugarcane produced in the country that Cuban rums are made entirely from Cuban sugarcane.
And now that citizens of the United States can purchase and bring back cigars and rum for personal consumption with no limit other than the space in their personal luggage, you too can share these delicacies as you recount your travels with friends back home (note: selling your Cuban cigars and rum in the U.S. still is
Havana Club is the most popular and iconic brand of Cuban rum in the world.
Blanco rums are well-suited to three of Cuba’s classic drinks : the daiquiri ( rum , lime, sugar), the mojito ( rum , mint, lime, soda) and the Cuba Libre ( rum and Coke). Longer-aged rums are more suited to sipping neat, or playing a role similar to whiskey in stiffer stirred drinks like an Old Fashioned.
Private Taxis Coco Taxi – Yellow coco taxis are for tourists (you’ll pay in CUC), black and yellow are for locals (you’ll pay in pesos). You can safely negotiate the price ahead of time in either type. You’ll spend $5 for most trips within the city, which is a decent price. Cuba Taxi – These are state-run taxis .
As in any country, crime is a concern in Cuba . Thankfully, violent crime is rare, but thieves won’t hesitate to steal your belongings, especially cameras. When on the beach or walking through Havana, don’t set your stuff down. Always keep your cameras, wallets, purses, passports, and other valuables close to your body.
But if you truely do love adventure and a real pretty country, do go to Cuba . It’s worth a try. All you have to lose is one week and a bit of money. If you live far away (Europe etc), maybe it is costly, but Cuba is different than other Caribbean countries, and IMHO, worth visiting because of the differences.
Cuban rum and cigars will now be subject to the same duties as alcohol and tobacco from other countries, meaning most travelers will be able to bring back as many as 100 cigars and several bottles of rum .
Here are the best rums to drink for any occasion, from white rums for summer cocktails to aged rums for contemplative sipping. Best Overall: Mount Gay Black Barrel. Best White Rum : Rhum Clement Canne Bleue. Best Dark Rum : Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry. Best Coconut Rum : Koloa Kauaʻi. Best for Sipping: Bacardí Reserva Ocho.
Rum is a long-time staple of Cuban bars. There are 12 rum distilleries and 60 different brands of rum sold in Cuba. White rum is the lightest, añejo is the darkest, and oro (“gold”) is in the middle. Mojitos , Cuba libres, and daiquiris all originated in Cuba.
The finish is long and flavorful, featuring notes of brown sugar, dried tropical fruit and tropical spices. The Santiago de Cuba rum is a very intense flavorful rum that is more reminiscent of a Jamaican rum . On the nose, it is exceptionally fruity and aromatic, featuring also notes of brown sugar and tropical spices.
Cohibas are more expensive than the average Cuban cigar, and even the diminutive Cohiba Siglo I (4 inches long by 40 ring gauge) sells for more than 100 CUC per box of 25. Big Siglo VI cigars sell for about $20 each , and Esplendidos are about $25 apiece.
Under the new rules, travelers can purchase unlimited quantities of Cuban rum and cigars in any country where they are sold so long as they are for personal consumption. Wait, so I can ‘t get them online ? No. You can ‘t order Cuban rum and cigars on Amazon and have them delivered to your door.