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Rum for the Ages

When matured in barrels, the spirit of sugar cane becomes a sweet partner for cigars and cocktails
By Jack Bettridge | From Joe Rogan, September/October 2021
Rum for the Ages
Photo/Jeff Harris
Cigar smokers looking to pair their tobacco with amicable drinks have been well-supplied in recent years by a boom in spirits, particularly American Bourbon and rye whiskeys. But another category, which has an even longer heritage in the New World, has also added alternatives at a dizzying pace: high-quality, aged rums. If you have been thinking of rum as simply the alcohol delivery system for the insipid cocktails served seaside on a tropical vacation, a world of flavor awaits. It’s time to graduate from clear, unaged and unexciting rums to the many rums that have been carefully and patiently wood-aged, which opens up an unexpected spectrum of sultry flavors that …
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