The Art of Ageing. We are used to hearing of aged wines and aged whiskey, but the same principles hold true for rum. With this age comes not only beauty, but also good taste. There is an art of ageing in Havana Club rums and there is much pride in this tradition. Most of the Havana Club rums are named after their age.
- Añejo 3 Años, Aged 3 year
- Añejo Reserva, Aged Reserve
- Añejo 7 Años, Aged 7 year
Blending is very much a part of the ageing process. For instance in the 7 year bottle, the youngest rum used is actually a 7 year old barrel, but it actually takes more than 14 years to create.
Cuba’s warm and humid weather conditions play a big part in the ageing process as well. As does the barrels used to hold the rums. The wooden barrels give colour, aroma and complexity to the rum it holds. The older white oak barrels let the rum breath, while the younger barrels give it tannic properties. The longer the rum is aged, the more it absorbs the properties from the barrel and the darker the colour.
And to part with, I will leave you with an interesting fact to impress your friends with. With the process of ageing rum in barrels (and whiskey as well), there is a part of each batch that evaporates. The longer is ages, the more disappears. This small portion is called the Angel’s Share. Sometimes it can be as little as 2% per year, or in warmer climates where more liquid evaporates, up to 10%. Just depends how thirsty those angels get.