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Essence of Cuba Aromatic Leaf (The Bitter Truth) Review

Bitter Truth Essence ofCuba I was recently offered the opportunity to participate in a Tweet Tasting with Havana Club Rum and being that I'm doing my best to try to increase my own drinks knowledge and the breadth of drinks reviews on this site i jumped at the chance.

The Tasting would be the Havana Club Añejo 7 Year Old and four bitters, or essences of cuba, to go with them, being Honey, Aromatic Leaf, Island Fruit and Coffee.

I've always been a bit sceptical of things like Bitters of Essences as to whether they actually offer anything different but they certainly do. these Essences are produced using Havana Club Añejo 7 Year Old as a base by The Bitter Truth.

For consistency all of the Essences were tested with a 50ml measure of Havana Club Añejo 7 Year Old and 4 drops of Essence.

This Aromatic Leaf Essence was my favourite of the evening it really did change the whole experience of the Rum for me, adding a really exciting note and taste of Sodastream cola syrup to it, very tasty indeed.

Thanks again to Havana Club for having me on the tasting.

Tasting Notes & Details


has added an extra edge of upfront spice to the HC7, cloves, Caribbean spices lots of wet leather and wet cigar leaves, fresh caramel comes out too with a hint of creamy butteryness and a hint of flat cola


flat cola, sodastream cola syrup, really its like a glass of cola that you forgot about for an hour, syrupy, leafy and yummy, caramel and spices


cola cubes and sodastream cola syrup

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Essence of Cuba Aromatic Leaf (The Bitter Truth)
Age: NAS
ABV: 0.00
Distiller: The Bitter Truth
Bottler: The Bitter Truth
Type: Other
From: Germany, No Defined Scottish Region
Posted: 26/11/2015 by Tom

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