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Old 12-19-2014, 04:54 AM   #1
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Default As the Cuban trade embargo comes to an end, what can we expect?

Are there specific brands that will resume sales in the US? Who is poised to get Cuban rum in US stores first?
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Old 12-19-2014, 05:31 AM   #2
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Are there specific brands that will resume sales in the US? Who is poised to get Cuban rum in US stores first?
Havana Club would be the obvious choice but I have a feeling they may find their route blocked........
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WSJ has a pretty good article about it. Right now, anyone who can legally travel to Cuba can bring back $100 worth of cigars or alcohol. If/when the embargo is actually lifted, Pernod will sell a Cuban rum called Havanista, because it is battling with Bacardi over the Havana Club name.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/cuba-u-s...hts-1418936828
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Here's another article about the renewed interest in Cuban rum, good stuff:

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/...-rum-drinkers/
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Old 12-19-2014, 09:58 PM   #5
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Right now the lifting of restrictions is fairly limited -- travel for family, business, humanitarian reasons, but not tourism -- and the basic economic embargo continues, which only Congress can lift apparently. So, while the immediate effect is largely symbolic, perhaps (hopefully) there will be a repeat of history of sorts: recall that East German official who apparently misinterpreted orders granting limited access to West Berlin, and poof, the whole dang wall fell.
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Yeah, there are politicians trying to thwart this, so give it time.

As mentioned, Havana Club will be called Havanista because of the trademark dispute with Bacardi. HC7 is an above-average sipping rum, but I think most people here have sipped better.
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Yeah, there are politicians trying to thwart this, so give it time.

As mentioned, Havana Club will be called Havanista because of the trademark dispute with Bacardi. HC7 is an above-average sipping rum, but I think most people here have sipped better.
The Seleccion de Maestro's is a wonderful Cuban style rum. One of the best I have tried. I'll be publishing the review later today.
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Old 12-21-2014, 02:09 PM   #8
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WSJ has a pretty good article about it. Right now, anyone who can legally travel to Cuba can bring back $100 worth of cigars or alcohol. If/when the embargo is actually lifted, Pernod will sell a Cuban rum called Havanista, because it is battling with Bacardi over the Havana Club name.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/cuba-u-s...hts-1418936828
Will this $100 exemption on Cuban rum / cigars also apply to travel returning from Mexico,Canada,or Europe?
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