After drinking lots of Havana Club Anêjo Especial in Cuba, I decided it would be a nice treat to bring something a little nicer back to Canada. In the duty free section of the Varadero airport, I picked up a 1 litre bottle of the fancier 7 year old Havana Club for 20 CUC.
Even though I had it sealed in an authentic duty free travel bag, getting it home proved to be a little more difficult than expected. When I tried to go through security in Toronto’s YYZ with my backpack and bag of rum, I was told by the security man that even though he knew my bag was real and the rum was legit, since I had purchased it in Cuba and was not provided with a receipt I would not be allowed to take it through security due to the lack of a receipt. Even though it was in an official, sealed bag… Thankfully I was able to fit the rum into my backpack and check it for free, thus negating any possible rum wastage.
While I understand how the lack of a receipt could indicate that I had not purchased it at an official location, the ability to put in a fake receipt is something that they would not be able to verify either, thus making the entire validity and necessity of a receipt null and void in my eyes. So if you are planning on purchasing duty free alcohol in a Cuban airport and you have to make a later security clearance, be prepared to have to check it in your luggage if they don’t give you a receipt.
Tasting notes taken neat.
Appearance: amber gold
Nose: pineapple/brown sugar upside down cake
Palate: molasses, curried fruits, cherry flavoured cough medicine
Finish: minor bite, vanilla extract
Rating: Good neat, Excellent with cola