In 1948, Sanchez Romate sent their most able foreman, Juan Jiménez Villalba, to Cuba to oversee the company's wines and spirits being sold there. Once there Villalba observed that the used casks were well suited to the ageing of rum, made by the local Cuban distillers. Following the Cuban Revolution, Villalba succeded in recuperating some of these rum-filled casks and shipped them back to Jerez. Here he carefully tended the rum and created a small solera within the Sanchez Romate winery.
Vanilla, coffee and hazelnut, elegant, nutty around a creamy centre, with fresh bright rim in mouth; not terribly glyceric, extremely fine, clean spirit. Perfect for Rum Manhattans and Old Fashioneds. And, of course, we all need to work to free Cuba regularly – this makes a very fine Cuba Libre.