The "Maestros Roneros" (literally "master rum-makers") are the guardian spirits behind Havana Club rum. They are responsible for every step of the rum-making process, from the selection of sugar cane to the final bottling. They oversee the blending and ageing of the rum with particular passion, patience and precision, as well as a strong commitment to Cuban rum-making tradition.
They bear the secrets of one of Cuba’s true treasures: rum that owes its incomparably high quality to the noblest traditions and finest ingredients. Around 15 years of training are necessary to become a true Maestro Ronero – a period in which the most experienced Maestro Roneros transmit their knowledge to their successors. Each Maestro Ronero leaves his creations to age so that future generations may use them to blend even better aged rums.
Today Don José Navarro, Havana Club’s Primer Maestro Ronero, and his team follow every step of this unique process, ensuring the respect of Cuban rum-making tradition and the superior quality of Havana Club rum. "The rum doesn’t come from a magical combination", Don José Navarro explains. "It is a cultural legacy, passed on from Maestro Ronero to Maestro Ronero, from heart to heart, from Cuban to Cuban."