Havana Club Rum Now On Sale In The United States
Bacardi bought the recipe and the Havana Club name from the Arechabala family in 1994. The rum was sold in the U.S. for a few years but a legal battle over who owned the name erupted and the rum was pulled form the shelves. Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled against government-owned Cubaexport saying Bacardi has the right to the name. The patent office says that the timing is not related to current events. Bacardi's version of Havana Club is made in Puerto Rico from black-strap molasses that is fermented and then distilled five times and aged in oak barrels. The rum takes three years to age so Bacardi has been preparing for a relaunch for a while.