It’s not a classic bar, where you run for a shot after the lockdown, but it still smells wonderfully of Cuban rum. Casa Eminente is a somewhat secret space in the center of Prague, whose address you will not find on Google, you have to invite there. Secret location. This corresponds to the location in one of the courtyards of the historic city and the thoughtful appearance of a peeling space tuned into the Caribbean style.
Casa Eminente is an unexpected piece of Cuba in the middle of Prague, where a rum lover can visit, either by invitation or by prior arrangement. There are only a few seats and opening to the longer public is not even planned. In a unique environment, there will be personal tastings led by the ambassador and, in the future, smaller meetings that will make tropical drinks, pairing rum with food and energetic music more enjoyable. In summer, the interior is complemented by a green terrace.
Casa Eminente is meant to show off traditional crafts and show that (like rum) it is not afraid to age and mature. “He’s cozy, but also a little wild and mysterious. In short, it encourages discovery and calls for adventure, “describes the architect Ingrid V. Lermen. She comes from Brazil and studied in Spain, so working with references to Latin American and Hispanic culture is completely natural for her.
She wanted to plant Cuba’s roots in the center of Prague. “In Brazil and Cuba, I enjoy how people are at heart. That’s why I tried to get a friendly atmosphere within the walls of Casa Eminente, “says Intra Muros about the work of his studio. According to her, the beauty of the project lies in the imperfections and subjects on which time is signed. Therefore, most of the equipment comes from various antiquities.
At Casa Eminente, you will come across materials in their pure form, from raw wood to exposed masonry. The dominant crystal chandelier above the bar counter and the mirror wall behind it add a touch of shine and impressive contrast. Natural materials are represented here, among other things, by rattan furniture, from which lamps were also created. You don’t even have to drink too much rum to feel like you’re in Havana. Greenery plays an important role, an integral part of all Intra Muros projects and also of Cuban nature.
However, the main star of the “secret bar” is the Cuban premium rum Eminente, a novelty brought by Moët Hennessy from the heart of the Cuban island to the Czech Republic.
Eminente is the materialized dream of César Martí, who at the age of 33 became the youngest rum master in the history of Cuba. The young Maestro Ronero operates a new type of rum that combines the richness and depth of taste of traditional 19th-century rum production. In addition, Eminente is one of the few Cuban rums to have received the status of “Denominación de Origen Protegida” and to comply with strict rules ensuring the authenticity and high standards of Cuban rum.
Eminente Reserve it matures for at least 7 years in whiskey barrels, has a delicate amber color with a mahogany hue and hides the aesthetics of traditional Cuban fine rum with the complexity of the taste of the past. Enjoy it on an ice cube and in a cocktail. The initial aroma of freshly roasted coffee gives the rum a subtle hint of roasted almonds and cocoa. The subsequent palette of flavors is rich in smoky notes, vanilla and coffee with spicy tones of ginger, Sichuan pepper and plums in the background.
The reserve is perfectly complemented by a slightly less demanding fruit rum with a golden shade of Eminente Ambár Claro, which matures in whiskey barrels for at least three years. It will surprise you with a delicate fruity aroma, in which tones of green apple, pear and chamomile are mixed together with roasted almonds and creamy caramel with spicy hints of nutmeg and pepper.
The exclusivity of these rums is perfect for Casa Eminente. Moët Hennessy offers these Cuban delicacies exclusively in only four countries during the first year of its launch, in addition to the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, France and Germany. And he wants to handle distribution carefully so that the hallmark of mystery and exclusivity is not lost, there will definitely not be many companies where rum can be tasted.