Zottos rhum bottle: Cairo, Egypt, 1994

This bottle of Zottos brand rhum was purchased from the Greek-run shop Nicolakis & Fils in downtown Cairo in 1994, before economic liberalization led to the wide availability of international alcohol brands.  It was produced by Egyptian Vineyards Co., a state-owned company that was the only licensed distiller of spirits in Egypt.  The label states that it is 36° alcohol and bears the stamped date August 15, 1994 with no indication, in Arabic or French, whether that is the production or expiration date.

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