AN EXAMPLE OF IRON DISCIPLINE
Chemical Engineer, Manuel Calderón, is a real Maestro del Ron Cubano about whom you barely hear anything outside the Ronera (rum distillery) San José de las Lajas; nevertheless, he watches over the crafting of Havana Club 7 with as much pride and passion as if he were Don Navarro himself, the renowned creator of this rum.
His humbleness may disarm you and his discipline is so strict to the point of making you question if he is a friendly person. When one inquires how much of him there is in a bottle of Havana 7, he replies that his portion is very difficult to quantify since each bottle represents a legacy of involvement that starts with those maestros before him and extends to those who make it today.
Reading is amongst the passions of this wise and discerning man; he is worried about the deterioration of the environment and strongly believes time is precious.
A day without learning something new, he says, is a sin for which there is no forgiveness.