Saturday, October 19, 2013

Boutique Beauties

As you know if you’ve read my first blog post, I am fortunate to work in the cigar industry. Because of that, I from time to time get a chance to sample a new cigar that hasn’t yet been release to the market. The cigar I sampled a few months ago was the spark for this pairing.

This weeks pairing I chose a boutique cigar and a limited edition spirit.

CIGAR:  Guerra, a limited release blended by Abe Flores

RUM: Captain Morgan, Limited Edition Sherry Oak Finish Spiced Rum

The Cigar: 
Guearra is a small batch production, blended by Abe Flores from Pinar del Rio in the Dominican republic. Like a lot of boutique cigars, not much is known of the company behind the actual blend. At first glance the cigar and it’s packaging looks Cuban. From the colors and artwork on the box to the wrapper and pigtail of the cigars. I was able to find out that this cigars boasts a  Criollo 98 Ecuadorian wrapper, a Dominican Habano binder and the fillers are a blend of premium  Nicaragua &  Dominican tobaccos.

It has a beautiful mottled wrapper that you can tell has been aged for many years. The room note is not overly strong and the complex and balance smoke really hits you right away. A true Dominican cigar it has just a touch of pepper coming from the Nicaraguan tobaccos used in the filler but overall it is a true Dominican cigar boasting those subtle notes of a creamy sweetness and just a touch of cedar and spice at the finish. It is an very well balance medium bodied cigar that is smooth from head to foot.

The impetus of this cigar seems to be a story about a TaĆ­no chief named Hatuey. He has attained legendary status for leading a group of natives in a fight against the invading Spaniards, and thus becoming the first fighter against colonialism in the New World. He is celebrated as "Cuba's First National Hero."
The name of the cigar, Guerra, means war is Spanish. But there is no war inside this cigar, just a harmonious blend of tobaccos that will leave you fully satisfied.

The Rum: 
Captain Morgan Limited Edition Sherry Oak Finish Spiced Rum is a dark amber rum that has been “finished with Sherry Oak”.  The sherry impact is clear in the color of this rum and also immediately in the  nose. Captain Morgan Limited Edition is exceptionally smooth with a little sweetness like most of their rums. But this spiced rum has subtle oak and dark cherry notes that really makes a difference. Once you sip it you get a really that nice oaky flavor mixed with the spices in the rum. While the oak does intensify some it never becomes too overwhelming. The finish is extremely pleasant with the spicy oak flavors become a bit softer and the sherry shines a bit more and leaving you a nice balanced finish.
I enjoyed this spiced rum on the rocks and it was such a pleasant after dinner  drink. It's smooth flavors were well balanced and never harsh.

The Pairing:

With this pairing I strayed away from my normal pairing of wines and ventured out into the world of brown liquor. When I saw the limited edition Captain Morgan I was intrigued. Being a big fan of Captain Morgan original spiced rum, I had to try it but it wasn't till I sampled Guerra that I knew I had a great paring.

Both the cigar and the rum are solid, with smooth characteristics. They both have a great blend of flavors and when those flavors mixed, my evening pairing was a hit. Guerra is a solid medium bodied cigar that is a definite go to smoke for everyday but when paired with the Captain Morgan Limited Edition Sherry Oak Finish rum the everyday got a bit special.
I definitely recommend this paring to anyone who likes a well balance medium bodied cigar and is a fan of rum, or even bourbon for that matter.

Another great thing about this pairing is the price. Guerra, which only has limited availability till January 2014, goes from $49.95 to $79.05 for a box of 20. The rum, which is limited, you can pick up for under $25.00 a bottle, making this definitely worth the price.

*At the time of the writing of this post Guerra is only available from via their telephone representatives.

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