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Legendario Elixir de Cuba

Review: Legendario Elixir de Cuba Rum (89.5)
a review by Chip Dykstra (AKA Arctic Wolf)
Posted October 2009

Legendario Elixir de Cuba

In the Bottle: (3.5/5)

If only they would use a cork instead of the metal screw top. I really was disappointing when the closure started leaking, and I had to disassemble the inferior arrangement (which had started to fall apart) and replace it with a cork. In discussions with various store owners in my locale I discovered that this is a very common problem.

In the Glass: (9/10)

This is a dark, rich, heavy rum. I get oriental spices, nutmeg, dark molasses, and sweet honey when I nose the glass. A truly decadent nose although it may be too rich and sweet for some.

In the Mouth (55.0/60)

This is really rich. Very very sweet, and more like a rum liqueur than a true rum. It has a hazelnut accent reminding me a bit of  Frangelico except the rum is heavier in the mouth, less viscous and of course tastes much more of molasses and caramel.

If I have described some rums as oily, I would have to describe this one as almost honey like in its texture. Actually just using the word texture says it all. All of the spiciness, the oakiness, the Frangeliconess is all in marvelous balance. This is a sipping experience.

In the Throat (14.0/15)

The flavour stays in the mouth long after the drink is gone, but the throat receives just a gentle burn.

The Afterburn (8.5/10)

When taken in intermittent doses this a very pleasing experience. It lacks the bitterness so common in other Cuban Rums. Try this rum for a completely different Cuban experience.

If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.

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You may (loosely) interpret the scores as follows.

0-25     A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    Now we have a fair mixing rum or whisky.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84    We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89    Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94    Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+            Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)

My Final Score is out of 100 and you may (loosely) interpret the score as follows:

0-25     A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    Now we have a fair mixing rum or whisky.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84    We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89    Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94    Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+            Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)

31 Responses to “Legendario Elixir de Cuba”

  1. Alain said

    Hi,

    I actually had this rum while in Spain (Toledo) and it was amazing, definitely doesn’t need a mixer I am considering buying it online from Spain and shipping it (US$40 a bottle + shipping), however, maybe I can go to Cuba and pick some up? (I am in the Caribbean) Who actually manufactures it in Cuba? This may be easier than having to find it in a market somewhere. I would even consider buying in bulk!

    • Although the company is headquartered in Spain, the rum itself hails from Cuba. The Legendario Rum arrives from Cuba to Europe via the Sl Valencia Company. The brand, founded in the city of Havana since 1946, is marketed in the domestic market by the company, Cuban Beverages.

      • Alain said

        Thanks A.W.,

        Ill look into it. I did some research and from what I see, a company called Fabrica de ron Bocoy manufacturers the rum and does tours, wonder how possible it is to do business direct! :)

        Thanks again!

        • James Fender said

          I was in Cuba in August of 2012 and toured the factory in Havana that supposedly was owned by Barcardi before the revolution. Legendario was made there and I had flaming coffee. It was my first experience and I must say I was hooked. I bought a bottle of Legendario,Santiago Club and Havana Club back. I’m kicking myself because I should have bought just legendario. I have some wonderful picture from the factory that I would like to share.

  2. Brooke said

    I had this rum in Spain two years ago and have been dreaming of it since. I only brought back two bottles of it and am wishing I would have brought back more. Does anyone know if there is a place in or near Thunder Bay that might sell it? I reside in that country that shall not be mentioned that doesn’t have close ties with Cuba so finding it there isn’t an option, but have passport will travel. It seems a little much to go to Spain just for rum, but I have done crazier things. It would be nice to find a place a bit closer as a supply though.

  3. Danielle said

    For anyone wondering, I went to Varadero and they had it at the Havana Club when you first get onto the strip. I think it was around 9 CUC per bottle, but not a bad price. I only bought two bottles and wish I’d brought back much more. Currently trying to track this down in Calgary! Even if it costs 5 times as much, that’s still cheaper than another trip to Cuba.

  4. silentmike said

    Nice review! I agree completely with the texture. It’s like very runny honey and just as sticky. For people that are having trouble finding it in Cuba, my brother came back from there recently and he went on a tour of the distillery where he picked up several bottles of this (as far as I’m concerned) amazing drink!

  5. roberto said

    I bought some cuban elixir of rum in the Bahamas. It was the worst stuff that I ever put in my mouth. Maybe I got a bad batch, but this stuff was just awful. Ended up pouring it down the drain…

    • I am curious Roberta what exactly you bought in the Bahamas. As far as I know (although I certainly may be wrong) Legendario Elixir de Cuba is not available in the Bahamas. It is not labeled Cuban Elixir of Rum so maybe you tried something else.

  6. Nick Apivor said

    Does anyone know if it’s possible to find this rum in B.C. Liquor stores? A friend brought it back from Cuba, and like everyone else posting here, we all fell in love with it.
    By the way; those of you who enjoy this one, try El Dorado 12 yr old from Guyana. You will love it!

    • At this point, I believe Alberta is the only Province that carries the Legendario.

    • Jackie said

      In March 2010 we went to Cuba and managed to take back 5 bottles @ a cost of $9.00 Canadian each, between 2 of us with no extra duty. Just got back from Cuba yesterday and can’t even get it there anymore. Went to all the old haunts and no go, they just say you can’t get it anymore. Go figure, I can get it at the liquor store here in Alberta Beach for $48.00. So I guess that is where I’ll go.

      • Ray said

        We returned from Santa Clara Cuba, on Dec 9 2011, with 4 bottles of Legendario, Elixir de Cuba. It was available at the duty free store at the airport. Total cost (on the Mastercard, after exchange to Canadian) was $27.00. Next trip I’ll be importing a case, even at double the price, it looks like it’ll be cheaper than the single bottle price in Alberta, and cheaper than driving there do get it.

        Ray

  7. antonio said

    In Spain you can find this rum in almost every big shopping mall. I have tried the 7 year old and its flavour is unique,marvellous. I think there are also with 12 years old.

  8. Siobhan said

    Why did we only bring back one bottle of this rum? I keep asking myself this! Any idea where i can get ahold of this in the uk? Thanks

  9. pht3k said

    i bought a bottle too of this rum last spring while i was in cuba. i opened up the bottle only back in canada to find out that this rum is absolutly incredible. if i ever go to cuba again you can be sure i’ll buy as much bottle of legendario that i am allowed to buy.

  10. Hugo Guimarães said

    I went to Cuba last June and had the opportunity to taste this incredible rum.
    I live in Portugal and can´t find any place where to buy it.

    Can you recommend me any other rum that can resemble to Legendario’s in terms of flavour?

    Best regards,
    Hugo.

    • The Legendario is apparently available in Spain if that helps. Rums that are similar would include Hacienda Saruro from Diplomatico, and perhaps Old Port Rum from Amrut. Try running a search on either rum and see if that helps.

  11. vittorio said

    Buonasera,
    Siamo interessati al Rum Elixir ,se possibile sapere il prezzo per singola bottiglia o confezioni,in attesa di una vostra gradita risposta distinti saluti .

    Vittorio Frabbi

    • Hello Vittorio:

      I truly wish I could read your comment. But thank you for reading my blog. Your support is appreciated.

      Chip

      • PPG said

        hello, he wrote;

        ‘we are interested in rum Elicir, is it possible to know the price per bottle?’

        By the way i am sipping on this rum right now and it is absolutely amazing. very nice sipping rum. I bought two bottles of it when i was in Cuba this past January and just cracked the bottle open today. I heard that it is very difficult to buy in Cuba now. Does anyone know if they carry this at the Duty Free shops in Mexico. I am heading there in the next few months and would love to buy some more of this delicious nectar.

        PPG from Edmonton Alberta.

  12. Eric said

    Just came back from Cuba and absolutely love this rum. Bought 2 bottle gave to my boys and would like some for myself. Threaten them that if the mix with anything other than ice I would take back.

    Is there a store in Calgary that sells it.

    • Not sure where to find this in Calgary, but try CSN Liquor store. They have ordered stuff in for me in the past. If you are in Edmonton try Aligra, Lacombe Spirits, or Sherbrooke.

    • Co-op has the new black-bottled variation (not sure if it was the Elixir, just know it was a Legendario). I saw bottles at the Crowfoot and the Glenmore Co-op stores over the weekend.

  13. Jahdai said

    I simply love this rum! Every year me and my wife go to Spain to visit our family. Do you know of a place in the US to but this rum? I bring 3 bottles back every year, but this usually never lasts.

    • Hi Jahdai

      Unfortunately as long as relations remain as they are between Cuba and the US, it is unfortunately illegal to import or sell Cuban goods in the USA. A very great pity.

 
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