This Sheffield bar is offering an ultra-rare rum at £250 a shot

Two Sheffield bar owners have travelled 9,000 miles to ensure their customers are some of the first in the world to sample one of the rarest and most expensive rums ever produced.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 12:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 11:25 am
Brad Charlesworth and Adrian Bagnoli of Cubana with the very rare 1519 rum, in Havanna
Brad Charlesworth and Adrian Bagnoli of Cubana with the very rare 1519 rum, in Havanna

Adrian Bagnoli and Brad Charlesworth, owners of Cubana in Leopold Square, did a 9,000 mile round trip to Havana to ensure they were the first bar outside of Cuba to purchase two bottles of a blend so old and rare that its original designers have now passed away.

The Havana Club 1519, whose ageing process started in the early 1940s, has only just been launched in honour of the 500-year-old history of Havana and is now for sale at the city centre bar.

Cubana is already a national destination for rum aficionados and its forthcoming new menu, which is set to be launched in March, will be offering 260 different varieties.

Owner Adrian said, however, that nothing compares to the excitement around the arrival of the new blend.

Only 500 bottles exist in the world, with only 250 of these available for sale. Collectors from around the globe are now queuing up to buy them at nearly £3,000 a bottle. They cost £250 a shot to buy.

Adrian Bagnoli said: “It was an honour to be have been offered the opportunity to purchase this top quality rare rum at Havana Club HQ and, although not many people will be buying rum at such a hefty price tag, it ensures we continue to develop our position as one of the country’s leading centres for rum.”

Rum is becoming increasingly popular in the UK.