A film written, produced, and directed by cuban exiles living in Miami, Florida.

NOW DISTILLED IN PUERTO RICO.

Havana Club - Island Body

A Poem

by

Richard Blanco

Forced to leave home, but home never leaves us. Wherever exile takes us, we remain this body made from the red earth of our island— our ribs taken from its montes—its breeze our breaths. We stand with its palmeras.

Don’t tell us we’re not Cuban.

Remaining true to our lucha, we thrive— oily hands fixing broken beauty Pockets filled with the gossamer dew and dust of its sunrises, with the song of its sinsontes and its son nested in our souls.

Don’t tell us we’re not Cuban.

Wherever the world spins us, home remains in us. Its sun still sets in our eyes. We walk , carrying the música of our island, And the amber rum born from it.

Don’t tell me I’m not Cuban.

Or him. Or her. Or them.

Or any of us.

Havana Club - History

Exile, Perseverance and Resurgence

The Arechabala Family started their rum-making business in 1878 in Cuba and first registered the original Havana Club trademark in 1934. It wasn’t long before Havana Club Rum became a beloved and iconic Cuban brand – becoming a favorite amongst locals as well as American and European tourists.

Then everything changed. On January 1st, 1960, at gunpoint, the Cuban regime unrightfully seized the company’s assets without compensation. The Arechabala family lost everything and was forced to flee the homeland they loved, with a scant few of their remaining possessions – the precious Havana Club recipe being one of them. Meanwhile, the Cuban Government started to sell their stolen version of Havana Club, and continues to do so to this day.

It wasn’t until 1995 – after decades of rebuilding, the Arechabala family finally joined forces with another Cuban family in exile: Bacardi. The latter acquired the Havana Club brand and began producing rum based on the original Havana Club recipe and selling it in the one country that didn’t recognise the Cuban Government’s 1960 illegal expropriation, the United States.

The Havana Club brand is an example of how, despite the circumstances, Cubans in exile have never accepted their fate. Havana Club rum holds onto its rich Cuban culture.

Havana Club - Añejo Blanco

Havana Club

Añejo Blanco

PRODUCTION PROCESS
  • Distilled and aged in Puerto Rico under the Caribbean sun for 1 year in oak barrels
  • Aged rums are blended together
  • The blend is aged for a second period in oak barrels for at least 2 months
TASTING NOTES
  • A medium-bodied aged white rum
  • Notes of pineapple and banana, hints of vanilla and oak
COCKTAIL

HAVANA ESPECIAL

  • 1 part HAVANA CLUB® Anejo Blanco Rum
  • 1 part Pineapple juice
  • Dash of Maraschino Liqueur
  • Garnish with pineapple leaf and pineapple wedge
  • Over cubed ice
Havana Club - Añejo Clasico

Havana Club

Añejo Clasico

PRODUCTION PROCESS
  • Distilled and aged in Puerto Rico under the Caribbean sun for 1-3 years in oak barrels
  • Aged rums are blended together
  • The blend is aged for a second period in oak barrels for at least 3 months
TASTING NOTES
  • Smooth and velvety finish
  • Notes of apricots and pineapples
  • Complimented by oaky notes with hints of almond and vanilla
COCKTAIL

HAVANA EXILE

  • 2 parts HAVANA CLUB® Anejo Clasico Rum
  • .25 parts demerara sugar
  • .75 parts MARTINI & ROSSI® Rosso Vermouth
  • .5 parts Cold Brew Coffee
  • Garnish with lemon twist
  • Single Ice Rock