Welcome to the rum renaissance.
The base for cocktails, such as the daiquiri, piña colada and mojito, you can now get hold of increasingly complex rum that can be enjoyed like a good single malt. Havana Club's Añejo Especial covers both bases.
The bottle wouldn't be out of place in the 1940s heyday of the Buena Vista Social Club. A deep golden label and the retroclassic red and white Havana Club logo perfectly complement the bright amber liquid.
With a lightly caramelised Demerara sugar aroma, it's smooth, with herby and peppery notes on first sip, followed by a surge of raw spirit, fading into a lingering warmth, reminiscent of hot Havana nights.
Save the coke for your Bacardi and instead make like Hemingway and mix a mojito.
The caramel and warm finish are lifted by the crushed mint, zingy lime and effervescent soda.
Alternatively, the two to five years spent in oak barrels lend it more than enough complexity to be drunk straight up and neat.
Aaron Davies 6 x 70cl case, 40% ABV, £95.94 (ex-VAT), from Pernod Ricard UK 0800 376 5550