To my fellow rum fans – there is a magical place on the winding streets of Havana that we can call home. It’s the Havana Club Museum, a cultural casa dedicated to the nation’s best known alcoholic export. Havana Club has been my preferred liquor for a few years now, but it wasn’t until my trip to Cuba last autumn that I really considered it’s origins or production – and while you cannot visit the rum distillery itself (I drove past this industrial beast on my journey from Varadero to Havana Airport), you can hear the story of the brand and learn a thing or too about the rum aging process. the most interesting part for me was the miniature models of the sugar cane plantation with working train and infrastructure. The guide takes you around and up through the museum, enabling you to get a look at this impressive model from different angles.
The Museo del Ron Havana Club in located centrally in the historic district of Habana Vieja (“old Havana”). Entry is 7 CUC (£5.60) and include a shot of Havana Club 7 Year at the end – although there is no mixer so this is can be a bit daunting cold turkey. With prices fixed throughout the country, the Museum gift shop is the perfect place to pick up some bottles of rum as souvenirs, especially if you’re looking for the more elusive kinds.