It's official, folks! You can now travel to Cuba and bring back as many cigars and rum as you want.
President Obama announced Friday a series of executive actions aimed at increasing trade between the United States and Cuba. And while the lifted restrictions may or may not have an good effect on both countries' economies, it's certainly great for those Americans who want to indulge in the island's famed cigars and rum.
The new rules, which go into effect Oct. 17, allow American travelers to bring back unlimited amounts of Cuban tobacco and alcohol from any country that sells it. The catch? What you bring back has to be for personal consumption. That means no ordering online to get boxes and bottles shipped to your home.
Previous rules allowed Americans traveling directly to Cuba to come back with no more than $100 worth of cigars and rum in their carry-on bags.
Now that those rules are no longer, let's get down to the good stuff. What are the best cigars and bottles of Cuban rum?
- Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros (45% abv)
- Ron Mulata 15-year-old Gran Reserva Anejo (38% abv)
- Santiago De Cuba 12-year-old Extra Anejo (40% abv)
- Havana Club 15-Year-Old (40% abv)
- Havana Club Maximo Rum Extra Anejo (40% abv)
- Havana Club Anejo Especial (40%)
- H. Upmann Connossieur
- Montecristo No. 2
- Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill
- Partagas Serie D No. 2
- Bolivar Super Coronas Edicion Limitada 2014
- Cohiba Robusto Supremos Edicion Limitada 2014