I thought Bruce, Cap'n Jimbo or another board member might know the answer, and I did check online and couldn't find a clear answer.
Given the U.S.-Cuba trade embargo, what kind of barrels does Havana Club use for its rum? Clearly, it cannot buy ex-bourbon barrels direct from the U.S. Does it use another kind of wood, or does it purchase bourbon barrels after use to make rum or another spirit from a source outside the U.S.? I would not have thought there is a large supply of non-U.S. oak barrels on the market, so what do they do in Cuba?
I buy occasionally the Anejo of Havana Club and I think I've had every rum in their line-up including the Maestro one.
The Anejo is by far the best, a very good value here (Toronto) for $27.00. It is equal in quality to Four Roses Yellow Label, one of those really good spirits still priced relatively low.