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The Rise of Rum

Tropical spirits find fast friends with fine cigars
By Jack Bettridge | From CBS Sunday Morning, May/June 2020
The Rise of Rum
Photo/Jeff Harris
What American-born spirit is experiencing a rebirth in appreciation, exploding in quality and offering almost endless choices for pairing with fine cigars? If you said Bourbon, you’re only half right. Rum, the sugarcane spirit of the tropics, is quickly gaining as the next great connoisseur quaff. Happily for cigar smokers, most of the category’s growth is happening at the super-premium, highly aged level, where the best opportunities for pairing exist. Even better, rum generally offers a high bang-for-the-buck ratio. You can easily find a superb bottle of well-aged rum for $50 or less. What mainly distinguishes rum from other spirits is its innate sweetness, …
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