The best Cuban rums are a brand of identity closely linked to the culture and history of the places where they are produced. The same happens with Cuban cigars, so the alliance of both products is always welcome at the International Habanos Festival, whose 21st edition was held from February 18th to 22nd, 2019, at the Convention Palace and other spaces in Havana.
The Habanos Moments space privileged luxury alliances between cigars and spirituous beverages of recognized prestige in the world. One of the most celebrated combinations and pairings was starring on Thursday 21st by the Cuban Rum Masters Tranquilino (Tano) Palencia and Julio Ayan, who explained the benefits of a luxury product such as Isla del Tesoro Rum, this time in a pairing with Habanos Partagás Maduro # 1.
In the commented tasting participated the Master of Masters and world champion Habanosommelier Jesus Machín, who celebrated the union between two excellent products.
This moment where the pleasure of small details was worshiped began with a performance that evoked the history of Isla del Tesoro rum, designed -both the drink and its case- to remember the pirates and corsairs brandy between the 16th and 18th centuries.
Isla del Tesoro is a jewel of the Cuban Rum Masters tradition, so Tano Palencia and Julio Ayan explain with praise and details the benefits of the drink.
According to the specialists it contains a pure soul, delivered, refined, strong in spirit, but soft to caress with elegance our olfactory sensations and our taste buds.
The mixture between the vintage notes of Cuban spirituous beverages and the strong Partagás Maduro # 1 flavor was exquisite, intense like any good Habano, but with the particularity of a very special layer, selected among the best leaves.
In addition, during the final days of the event also several prominent lowland farmers in the cultivation of tobacco leaf visited the headquarters of our corporation and spoke with Juan González Escalona the president of Cuba Rum S.A.
The excellence of Cuban light rum, produced by this entity, was also present in a pairing of the last day in the festival, between typical Cuban cocktails and cigars, led by José Rafa Malém, president of the Cuban Bartenders Association.
Pairing between Havana Club Tribute Rum 2019 and Habano Trinidad
Another highlight of the event was the presentation of the Tribute 2019 rum and the Trinidad cigars brand, in a marriage that took place at the Iberostar Grand Packard Hotel in Havana.
Tributo 2019 rum belongs to the range of rums high-prestige and it is the fourth installment of the Havana Club brand collection, of the joint venture between Cuba Rum Corporation and Pernod Ricard. It has been created using select bases of aged rum and with the knowledge of three generations of Cuban Rum Masters: José Navarro, Asbel Morales and Salomé Alemán.
The great acceptance of Tributo 2019 in the Habano´s Festival is due to the excellence of the product -from limited edition to 2500 bottles-, golden color and vanilla flavor, with sweet notes of dried fruit, especially toasted almonds, and oak.
As explained to the press, the teachers individually selected a base of rare and extra aged rum, representing their own style and that existed in the decade of their designation (1970, 1990, 2010, respectively). Those bases, including one that was matured in exclusive cognac casks, were combined and mixed again with a rum that has rested for more than 25 years in French oak barrels.