Pernod Ricard’s Havana Club Launches the Limited Edition Don Navarro Rum

Pernod Ricard's Havana Club Launches the Limited Edition Don Navarro Rum

Simon Wittenberg looks at the latest limited edition rum to be released by Havana Club, in tribute to the Master of all Cuban rum Masters.

Cuba’s Havana Club and the Maestros del Ron Cubano have joined forces to create the limited edition Havana Club Don Navarro rum. The new expression pays tribute to the late Primer Maestro, José Pablo Navarro Campa, known as the “father of Cuban rum”.

A bottle of the rum next to its boxOverseen by Havana Club’s Primer Maestro Juan Carlos González, Maestros and Aspirantes came together at the famous distillery to honour Don Navarro’s extraordinary contribution to Cuban rum.

He spent half a century making rum, consistently learning, innovating and pushing boundaries, which was most notably shown through the creation of Havana Club 7 in the 1970s using continuous ageing techniques.

Throughout his career, Navarro laid the foundations for a generation of Maestros.

Only 1,000 bottles of Havana Club Don Navarro rum will be made available worldwide, created using an assemblage of aged rums from Havana Club’s exclusive reserves. In fact, Havana Club Don Navarro contains some of the Centenario base, 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 craftsmanship, this new Havana Club expression sports a unique deep amber colour and a smooth but elegant profile.

Those who sample the new Don Navarro limited edition will be treated to dried fruit, honey and bitter chocolate notes. On the palate, there’s a dry and sweet taste, offering a broad flavour, combined with notes of nuts and spices that are tanned towards a finish that lasts for minutes.

Barrels stacked up on pallets in the distillery

Anne Martin, Global Marketing Director for Havana Club, said that it was an honour to pay tribute to the father of Cuban rum. She explained that, when they welcomed all the Maestros to the San José Distillery, they remembered that Don Navarro used to say that rum was not born from a magical combination but was a cultural heritage transmitted from Maestro to Maestro, from heart to heart, and from Cuban to Cuban.

Havana Club Don Navarro – Where and How?

Havana Club Don Navarro will be available exclusively through The Whisky Exchange in the UK at an RRP of £130 as of November 2022.

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Simon Wittenberg

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Born in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and now based in London, Simon Wittenberg is the senior editorial contributor to Luxurious Magazine® reporting directly to Paul Godbold. A specialist in the automotive sector, he has now expanded his repertoire to encompass all aspects relating to luxury and lifestyle. Simon has worked with some of the world’s most iconic marques such as Lotus Cars, Ferrari and Tesla Motors. His passions include luxury goods, motorsport, fine dining and travel.

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