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Captain Morgan Sherry Finish Sails In

Jack Bettridge
Posted: June 21, 2013

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PALATE: The Sherry wakes up on the palate with a grapey, raisiny influence. Very candied with some floral notes. The fruits from the nose turn to berries—especially cherry—and passion fruit.

FINISH: The sweet finish is not cloying, but lasts only for moments before fading into slight nuts and then shutting down.

CIGAR PAIRING: Freedom by Rocky Torpedo (6 1/8 inches by 52 ring gauge, $7.85, 89 Points, March 26 Cigar Insider). This dark cigar is well made with a sharp pyramid tip. Pepper and hickory wood notes complement a solid, savory core of leather. The rum enlivens the spice on the torpedo and draws out some sweet notes, while the Captain Morgan takes up the leather core and becomes savory in the bargain.

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Divino (6 1/4 inches by 52 ring gauge, $9.75, 91 Points, June 11 Cigar Insider). Tea and wood notes become richer and earthier as this dark, flavorful cigar progresses. A well-balanced, flawlessly constructed smoke. Tea notes from the cigar intertwine with the vanilla and spice of the rum and explode. Captain Morgan seeks out that earthiness and pours on sweetness. A sublime combination of sugar and spice.

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