Cuba’s finest treasure, free at last:
In a sleepy settlement in central Cuba, a trove of fine heritage spirits gathered dust for years. On 6 October 2019, a precious bottling from these rare casks reaches the world: La Progresiva 13 by Vigia, a luxury sipping rum from Cuba.
Vigia – Cuba’s mark of quality:
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 Havana. Vigia rums were originally reserved as gifts for visiting heads of state and the seal remains a mark of Cuban quality.
The word Vigia means “lookout” or “viewpoint”, and it was in Finca Vigía, next door to Bodega Vigia, that Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his greatest works, overlooking Havana and the sparkling Florida Straits. Today, the Vigia seal adorns every bottle of La Progresiva, honed by Bodega Vigia’s women master blenders into the dry, classically Cuban style that Hemingway loved so much.
Tasting Notes :
Appearance : mahogany
Nose: The aroma of the rum shares notes of vanilla, cherry, caramel, and smoky oak.
Palate: smoky vanilla, followed by caramel, dark chocolate, cherry, with a bite of oak tannins and mineral notes.
Finish: oak notes, long dry finish
Distillery : The Island Rum Company
Alcohol by volume : 41%