Cuba, the spiritual home of rum
In the early 16th century, Spanish settlers imported sugar cane plants into the Caribbean and the local communities of African slaves extracted the juice from the plant to create aguardiente: the precursor of rum. Three centuries later, in the mid-1800s, the rum style we know today as Cuban was devised. It was drier, more refined and delicate. This strong relation between rum and Cuba, creates a huge international potential for the Cuban brands. Cuba claims to be the home of rum and the pioneer of rum-based cocktails as Daiquiri and Mojito – as consumed by Cuban rum aficionado Ernest Hemingway.
In central Cuba, a trove of fine heritage spirits has been matured for years. On October 6th 2019, a precious bottling from these 7000 rare, aged casks was launched. La Progresiva 13 by Vigia – the luxury sipping rum from Cuba. A true Cuban treasure became available to the world.
La Progresiva is Cuban through and through. The Vigia expertise and craftsmanship is anchored in Cuba´s long history as the spiritual home of rum. Through the ageing, blending and bottling process in central Cuba, La Progresiva acquires the light and complex taste typically Cuban rum. Crafted by Cuban spirits connoisseurs The Island Rum Company, it is a refined sipping spirit of the sort previously reserved for the Cuban elite. Women master blenders craft La Progresiva from spirits grown in the red soil of Ciego de Ávila, central Cuba, where rum has been produced since 1577, at Bodega Vigia outside Havanna. VIGIA rums were originally reserved as gifts for visiting heads of state and the seal remains a mark of Cuban quality and adorns every bottle of La Progresiva. La Progresiva is a beautifully aged Cuban Rum with the renowned VIGIA quality.
Nose: Slight smoke and char with a heady dose of oak cask. Lively, vivacious and elegantly appointed.
Palate: A quite dry approach with a lot of tight woody notes. Burnt caramel, dried apple, even a bit of salinity is present, making this a dessert-like rum. There is a deep richness in the mouthfeel.
Finish: Medium long with a somewhat tannic finish on the back of the palate.