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A Sweet Cigar Pairing with Bacardi's Reserva Limited Rum

Jack Bettridge
Posted: October 5, 2012

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PALATE: All kinds of sweetness rush out to meet the tip of the tongue: honey, molasses, maple syrup and cane sugar. As it spreads out over the palate it dries slightly, revealing a panorama of caramel, vanilla, cashews, toast and saffron. A complex mouthful that is nevertheless ardently sweet.

FINISH: All the flavors of the palate linger on in the finish and become somehow richer until at the very end Christmas spices arrive for a slow dance with the roof of the mouth.

CIGAR PAIRING: La Flor Dominicana Oro No. 6 ($12.50, not yet rated)

A rich woody cigar, with some charcoal and hints of meat and eucalyptus, it benefits from the pairing. As the cedar flavor accentuates, the wood becomes richer and the flavor of dried nuts appears. The rum also benefits as the cigar draws out tannins making the rich quaff even more complex.

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Sun Grown Robusto ($4.55, Look for our rating in upcoming December 2012 issue)

Starts out as a tangy smoke and warms to with coffee-bean character, cardamom and black cherry. The Reserva Limitada draws out rich wood and nuts from the cigar, as well as giving it a savory quality and smoothing its edges. The cigar returns the favor by giving the sugary rum a kick that results in a spicy pop.

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Comments   4 comment(s)

Kim Brown October 5, 2012 6:38pm ET

I don't suppose you'll be lining up some of this for the Big Smoke? October 9, 2012 10:23am ET

Makes the Bacardi 8 year look like a steal at about $22 a bottle.

Alejandro Benes — Newbury Park, CA, USA,  —  October 9, 2012 5:12pm ET

Jack, I tried the reserva about two years ago. It's quite good. Not my favorite, but certainly worth exploring with a great cigar. I still think the Bacardi 8 is a very good premium rum to pair with just about any cigar. AB

JACK BETTRIDGE — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  October 10, 2012 12:03pm ET

Yes, it is, and I would hate to see ultrapremium rums edging out the greats that make up a very strong bang-for-the-buck category.

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