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Bringing Havana Club to the US
Trader Woody
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2301
From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2005-01-20 1:47 pm   Permalink

I brought back a bottle of Ron Legendario from Spain a few weeks back and it has a little Cuban flag attached!

To be honest, I can't see it being a problem bringing it into the States, unless you take a few bottles. Plead ignorance and the most that'll happen is that the bottle will get confiscated. The chances of getting stopped are slim enough anyway as sniffer dogs tend to be sniffing for other things...

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Kon-Hemsby
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 1272
From: Andover, England
Posted: 2005-01-26 08:33 am   Permalink

I recently took some into the US without any problems.

Go for the Dark Havana rum (7 year or reserve), killer in a Mai Tai.


 
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JTD
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Joined: Apr 07, 2003
Posts: 407
From: J'ville
Posted: 2005-01-27 07:26 am   Permalink

Just back from Monterrey. At the duty-free store at the airport, $US prices were as follows:
7 y.o. dark - $15.25, aged amber $9.50, white $7.50. Three bottles is the limit according to the woman at the duty-free store. One of each, maybe. I did not see Customs in Houston checking folks small carry-on duty-free bags/boxes. I think they have bigger fish to fry.


 
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whinylittlerunt
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Joined: May 31, 2007
Posts: 21
Posted: 2007-06-06 4:38 pm   Permalink

I purchased some eBay spacials; Havana Club nips, so I could get a taste of the product before I go and buy a few bottles in canada -

My first impressions of the Silver (anejo blanco) were that it had a burning aftertaste - though it did have a vanilla overtone to it, which made me forget about the burn. But my question would be, what is the ultimate drink to mix the Anejo Blanco in that does it the ultimate justice? I'm a fan of the Mojito; that one seems to be typical. But I also like my drinks on the rocks; I'm here right now enjoying my Havana Club with Coke but that is a piss poor drink to waste my rum in...

I have found personally, aside from Havana Club, my favorite rum so far would be Appleton Estate's 12-yr - excellent smoothness and wonderful aftertaste.


 
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lunavideogames
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Joined: May 09, 2012
Posts: 1075
From: San Diego
Posted: 2013-06-17 12:57 pm   Permalink

I grabbed a bottle of Havana Club 7 year and brought it home from Jamaica. Also got a bottle of the regular for my friend. We both got them home with no issues. The 7 year is $30 at all the duty free stores there and the regular is $20.

I actually bought one 7 year on the way out of the airport just to drink as well. We finished it by the next day. I have to say it is really good stuff! Definitely a high end rum on the cheaper side. Sadly, illegal to bring anything from Cuba to the US. If anyone doesn't want their bottle, send it to me

Also got a couple Cuban cigars and some Scotch Bonnet peppers from a local farmers market there. No problems getting those through customs either. Fruits and veggies are even a bigger no no than Cuban items. But I grow peppers (as some of you know) and I want the most authentic seeds for my garden.

Here is a quick tip for you about the rum. I was worried that I would have to check my bag if I had rum, so I was worried about it becoming an $80 bottle with the added checked baggage fees. So I got it at the airport and kept it in my backpack until we got to the US. When you get back, they make you take your luggage and recheck it. So I simply carried on the rum for the first leg of the journey. When I got to the US, I threw it into my suitcase and checked it. They are not set up there to take payments, so they were forced to check it for free. It was a little hassle checking it but only took a few minutes and it was sure worth the effort!


 
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lunavideogames
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Joined: May 09, 2012
Posts: 1075
From: San Diego
Posted: 2013-06-17 1:02 pm   Permalink

As for making drinks with it, we just drank it out of the bottle. But it would be great in a Mai Tai. I would not use it in a Mojito. I would like it in a rum and Coke, but it is too tough to come by (I only drink Mexican Coke).

I will be drinking it straight at my bar. Maybe I will try it once in a Mai Tai.


 
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Longboard
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Joined: Sep 25, 2012
Posts: 132
From: Twain Harte, CA
Posted: 2013-07-03 2:16 pm   Permalink

Never Buy Cigars in Mexico. 95% of they time they are fake!!!

-Longboard


 
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thePorpoise
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Joined: Jan 23, 2011
Posts: 1162
From: Tampa Bay
Posted: 2013-07-03 2:40 pm   Permalink

hopefully they at least won't be mexican cigars...

 
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