Cuba's Finest Treasure, La Progresiva 13 by Vigia, Crafted from a Trove of Long-Lost Casks, Launches at Bar Convent Berlin

Amid the red earth of Ciego de Avila, central Cuba, where spirits have been distilled since at least 1577, a dusty warehouse holds a treasure: a mountain of precious casks of fine aged Cuban spirits. On 6 October 2019, the first commercially available bottling from this unique collection, La Progresiva 13 by Vigia, makes its debut at Bar Convent Berlin. An expressive yet sophisticated sipping rum with a dry, mellow character and notes of ripe citrus, sugar cane honey and oak spice, La Progresiva 13 takes Cuban rum beyond the Cuba Libre and into the realm of luxury spirits.

Blended and matured under Cuba's Vigia quality seal, an elite marque developed exclusively as a gift for visiting heads of state, La Progresiva 13 is hand-crafted by a pair of women rum maestros. The duo nurtured their craft creating sipping rums for Cuba's connoisseurs: La Progresiva 13's release marks the first time their work has been tasted outside Cuba.

Created next door to Finca Vigia, where author and rum lover Ernest Hemingway spent some of his happiest and most productive years, overlooking Havana and the Florida Straits, the Vigia name means "lookout" or "viewpoint". Hemingway liked his rums and his cocktails dry and, in contrast to many heavily sweetened modern luxury rums, La Progresiva 13 contains just 5.5 grams of sugar per litre.

As Cuba opens up and stars from Beyonce to the Rolling Stones discover the arts, culture and cocktails of this once-isolated nation, La Progresiva breaks new ground. Tailored for sipping, savour this elegant rum like a fine Cognac or whiskey: on the rocks with a twist of orange and a single large ice cube or room temperature in a balloon glass. The aromatics sing in a Progressive Old-Fashioned, a Cuban Negroni, or a Hemingway Daiquiri. And in Berlin, the journey is just beginning.