When President Obama announced a thawing of diplomatic relations with Cuba in December 2014, many American travelers thought immediately of the island nation’s divine cigars and rum. Following the announcement, Americans had to wait for those delicacies, but on Friday, the White House declared executive actions concerning trade and commerce between the two nations, including one lifting the restriction on Cuban rum and cigars.
As USA Today reports, starting Monday, Americans can “purchase unlimited quantities of Cuban rum and cigars in any country where they are sold so long as they are for personal consumption.”
This means that one of the final vestiges of the Cold War is officially over, and we can all celebrate that fact by imbibing exotic spirits and tobacco. The ban on Cuban rum and Cigars lasted for 50 (!) years. In January, the Obama administration partially lifted the ban, limiting the amount of rum and cigars one could bring back in carry-on luggage at $100 worth of goodies. That monetary limit is no more, however.