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Review of House of Rum

House of Rum
Ranked #5 of 50 things to do in Varadero
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Find a rum you like and sample it before you buy it. Most of the Rum can be purchased there or at other venues throughout Varadero. There can be quite a difference in price from one place to another. Keep in mind that you have to put your Rum in your stowed luggage and you are not allowed to carry it through security. But you can purchase upstairs in the airport and carry on if you wish. Check with your provincial liquor and gaming for your allowable limits to import to your province. The Federal duty and tax exempt limit is 1.14 liters, however as long as you declare and pay your duties and taxes, you can bring back what ever your province permits. In Alberta you are permitted to bring back 45.45 litres (of which 1.14 litres is duty and tax free) once every 90 day period. As long as an Alberta airport is your 1st stop back into Canada, CBSA will process 9 litres and hold the remainder of your import in balance until ALGA processes the remaining litres. You will be notified of the completion of process, your cost, and how and when you can retrieve your Rum. You will have to pay, duty, taxes, Alberta Provincial Mark up Fee and GST. STILL much cheaper (and better) than buying any rum here.

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We finally got an opportunity to check out the Casa Del Ron on our most recent to Varadero. This was our third trip to Varadero and it was always a place we had meant to go see. I don't have any real complaints, I just didn't think it was as good as I was expecting based on the reviews. It's a standard rum shop that has a pretty good selection overall. Prices are about equal to the resorts, or the airport, so I wouldn't go here expecting to save a fortune. There isn't much else really to offer, other than overpriced t-shirts.

On the plus side, the staff are VERY helpful and friendly. They are knowledgeable about rum (as you'd expect) and they offer samples. I think this would be the biggest reason for visiting, if you wanted to try a sample of the different Cuban rum brands, and weren't sure what you wanted. They are not stingy with the samples and will let you try all kinds of different brands. It's a nice comfortable environment with great A/C which makes it a natural place to stop for a bit on a hot day.

Bottom line, the Casa Del Ron is really only worth a stop if you're a fan of rum and would like to sample several different brands before buying a whole bottle. Otherwise, a 5 minute look around is about all you would need. There's also a little bar if you fancy a drink. I probably wouldn't return, but it does have its good points.

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Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

The ladies here were very nice and the rum was cheap. It was very cool to go into a place and get to try whatever rum for free before buying, very similar to a few places in Mexico with their Tequila Tasting Tours.

Only downside is I was only able to bring 2 bottles back from Cuba, damn customs!!! :)

It won't take you long to go through here, but I strongly recommend sliding in here for a quick visit.

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We had a great laugh with the staff whilst tasting and getting tipsy! I don't usually like rum but it was lovely (and free)

Thank Tracey_Innes
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

A must do in Havana!
not sure its really value for money (you get a quick tour and a single shot) buts its very "cuba" so a fun way to spend an hour
and you can get some good stuff from the shop or just sit in the outdoor terrace

Thank VickyBirminghamUK
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