Tuesday, October 17, 2023


The Cuban rum brand Eminente, has today announced the launch of a new aged-stated expression.

Eminente Gran Reserva Edition N°1 (43.5% ABV) which is a 10 Year Old Cuban rum made with 80% aguardientes (sugarcane eaux-de-vie) was initially matured in ex-whisky barrels, before being finished for three months is French oak barrels.

Eminente Gran Reserva Edition N°1

Referred to as the ‘soul of Cuban rum’, aguardientes are the most flavourful and complex sugarcane eaux-de-vie that are created on the ‘Isla del Cocodrilo’ – at Eminente these are made from molasses distilled to 75% ABV and then aged in white oak barrels that were once used for ageing whisky. After this, the aged aguardientes are blended and aged again with traditional light Cuban rum distilled to 95% ABV.

Eminente’s creator, César Martí  - the youngest Maestro Ronero to ever be given the title in Cuba after just nine years - is renowned for having mastered the art of ageing and blending aguardientes with his previous much-celebrated expressions; Eminente Amber Claro and Eminente Reserva.

Martí has spent years experimenting with various ageing processes for aguardientes in different environments and barrels. His latest experiment led him to craft the first edition of Eminente Gran Reserva Edition N°1 - a 10 Year Old Cuban rum with a three-month finish in French oak barrels.

Eminente Gran Reserva Edition N°1, is said to deliver notes of roasted coffee, red fruits, flowers, honey, vanilla and a minty freshness on the nose. Followed by notes of dried apricot, orange blossom, sandalwood, hazelnut and allspice on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Camille de Dominicis, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Eminente said: “We are delighted to share this special new release that has been a long time in the making. We wanted to create something with real depth, craftsmanship and age that shows just what César is capable of creating. With some of the oldest aguardientes at his fingertips and his pioneering ageing techniques, he has captured the essence of what Cuban rum stands for and just how extraordinary our rum at Eminente can be with additional ageing.”

Eminente Gran Reserva Edition N°1, is now available from specialist retailers for a RRP of £75.00.

Posted by Steve Rush