Rum from Cuba – Ron Cubay!

Cubay Rums

Ron Cubay is a rum i only had a chance to briefly try at the 2013 UK Rumfest as their table was swamped, and at this last years rumfest i tried them again and up for review i have here the 3 year old white rum, Carta Blanca, the Anejo 7 anos and the Ron Cubay 10 year old Especial Reserva. They are rums of the Spanish style, light, elegant and typically Cuban.

In Cuba rum was first made in the 1700th century when molasses from the Far East was brought there by Columbus via Spain. Growing well in Cuba, the sugarcane became the most important crop and in the 19th century rum production really got going.

Ron Cubay was founded in 1964 in Santo Dominco, Villa Clara, centrally located in Cuba and was only intended for the Cuban market until 2010 when the first shipments for export arrived in Europe and in 2013 i first saw it at the UK Rumfest and briefly wrote about it since a quick tasting usually only gives a very brief first impression.

Ron Cubay is produced with only Cuban molasses from sugar cane since the Cuban legislation forbids using foreign molasses to produce Cuban rum and they are produced by the distilleries of  Cuba Ron S.A which also produce Havana Club and distributed in the UK by JBE Imports.

Distillation is done with a Column Still which typically gives these lighter style rums. The rums are aged in American white oak ex whiskey barrels which are re-charred. Nothing is added and Ron Cubay is a 100% natural product with 100% Cuban materials.

Only 3 out of  5 expressions are marketed in the UK, the 3-year-old Carta Blanca,the 7-year-old Anejo and the 10-year-old Anejo Reserva Especial, but maybe also the new Ron Cubay Extra Viejo which they had up for sampling at the 2014 UK Rumfest is released for purchase in the UK – a light gold colored rum which is mix of white rum and extra aged rum reserves.

That is old Cuban rums that are aged for an average of seven years and then some of the best whites that are aged for nearly 13 years in white American oak barrels. From what i remember of the taste of this rum, it had a quite intense fruity flavor, balanced and no harshness at all which was expected. The bottles are individually numbered and comes in a velvet leather effect gift box.

The other two rums are a 4-year-old Carta Dorada and a 5-year-old Anejo Suave, which naturally i haven`t tried, neither do i know if they are able for purchase in Europe, but i guess not, at least not yet.

Cubay collage 2 rums

CARTA BLANCA

The Carta Blanca (38% ABV) is designed for cocktails and is a vibrant, only slightly sweet rum. The color is white with faint yellowish tones. On the nose it`s pretty “green and young”, with green sugarcane and some slight pepper notes, it´s a typical daiquiri rum.

In the mouth you get the same green freshness with a little fruitiness and slight sweetness, it´s not harsh at all but does have some refreshing pepper notes that makes this rum lively, definitely great for cocktails but can also be sipped neat if you wish.

ANEJO

The anejo is 7 years old (38.0% ABV) and has a medium golden amber color. The nose has a lovely honeyed sweetness, with hints of caramel and toffee mixed with a mellow fruitness, like mashed apricots.

In the mouth it´s fruity, just slightly woody, a bit of vanilla, hints of apricots and peaches and warm rich dark sugar.

A good sipping rum but can of course also go in cocktails.

Cubay Reserva Especial

ANEJO RESERVA ESPECIAL

Deep amber in color the Anejo Reserva Especial is 10 years old (40% ABV) it has a rich nose, like a golden stream of honey with apricot, peach and vanilla notes drenched in sugarcane and light hints of spice.

In the mouth i feel more vanilla paired with honey, toffee and peaches, it´s warm and caressing and so soft, just a very slight hint of spices.

I think this rum has a lot to offer and even while it´s not so widely known yet everywhere it will be. I`d use the Carta Blanca as a mixing rum, the Anejo, which i think i prefer of the three i`d use for both sipping and mixing and finally the Anejo Reserva Especial, for sipping when you want something easy on the palate to relax with.

I made a classic daiquiri with the Carta Blanca, that`s the natural thing to do….but there´s a whole range of things you can mix with it that`s not daiquiris! i just happen to really love that drink 🙂

CUBAY DAIQUIRI

Cubay Daiquiri

2 oz Ron Cubay Carta Blanca

0.75 oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz sugarcane syrup

Shake ingredients with ice cubes and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe or glass.

This drink is simple and yet it´s so perfect! if you want to really taste the rum in your drink this is the drink to make, rum, lime and sugar, the basis of so many cocktails not the least the tiki drinks! if there was no daiquiri invented there`d be no tiki drinks!

Also this is the perfect cocktail to test how good a rum is because you cannot get a tasty daiquiri with a bad rum. With Ron Cubay the daiquiri is good so my thumb is up!

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The First Rum from La Confrèrie du Rhum!

La Confereie du Rhum Cuvee #1

La Confrèrie du Rhum” is a french rum forum on Facebook where everything rum/rhum/ron is discussed and was created by Benoit Bail in early 2013. Today “La Confrèrie” has 3600 members and of course i`m one of them! and the amount of things i`ve learnt especially about rhum agricole in this french speaking (they speak english too)  🙂 group is not bad.

The members are all rum lovers and professionals from the industry (salesmen, producers, distilleries, bottlers, barmen/women etc) from the rum world.

In this very active group everything about rum is discussed, and pictures, rum reviews, websites and ideas are shared almost round the clock and in the past 18 months the group has grown rapidly.

On general demand Vincent, Jerry and Benoit, who are the hosts of the group, decided to bring on a first special bottling named after the group, which should be sold to it`s members in january 2015.

This ultra limited edition bottling which counts 55 bottles of 500 ml, comes from Barbados and remembers by this way the beginnings of history of rum. Distilled at the W.I.R.D (West Indies Rum Distillery) in 2000, this rum has been aged in American oak casks during 13 years, partly in Barbados and then in Germany and has finally been bottled in 2014 for the Confrèrie du Rhum.

The bottle has been waxed by Benoit to give them a better look and to combine the red wax with the red writing on the black label which hides a map of the island in the back. I think the label is really nice! i like how the red contrasts to the black label and how the wax matches the red text. I also like the map of Barbados in the background.

La Confrerie du Rhum

The rum has a golden color and the nose is that of “deep barrel” if there´s such a description…there´s wood and tropical fruit, slight hints of vanilla..and something “medical” but not unpleasant!

So how does this rum taste to me? well, i must say really good!

The taste is very pleasant with the same tropical fruit notes as in the nose, black pepper, liquorice, sugarcane and wood with a rather dry finish with a slightly astringent after taste which i really like and a plus in my book is that i cannot detect any extra sugar in this rum! 🙂 I also find it has a slight smoky note to it, a bit of earthiness. The rum is 43% ABV.

This marks the beginning of what i hope to be the first of many more rums for La Confrèrie du Rhum! Well done Benoit Bail, Vincent Bidault de Villiers and Jerry Gitany!

La Confèrie du Rhum

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