Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Smooth Pair

Today was a beautiful break from the nasty winter weather we've been having in the Northeaster US. The sun was shinning and it got me thinking about warmer climates and
one of my favorite places on earth, Jamaica. Where the sun and sand are beautiful and the rum tasty and plentiful.
So unlike a lot of my pairings, this one started with the libation, not the cigar, and I feel this one was a hit.

Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro

Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum

The Cigar: Alec Bradley is home to the 96 rated Prensado cigar which was also the Cigar Aficionado cigar of the year for 2011. In 2007 Alan Rubin and his crew launched their Tempus line of cigars, this launched them into the cigar spotlight as a serious premier cigar player. The Tempus Maduro was a follow up to this very successful cigar and does not disappoint. Produced at Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas in Honduras this cigar features an excellent blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers, wrapped by an oily San Andres maduro leaf. This cigar ends up being a slightly spice cigar with heavy creamy smoke and notes of dark chocolate and espresso. It is a full bodied cigar that is best smoked after a good meal.
The Tempus maduro cigar is quality through and through from its construction to it's draw and is definitely one to keep in your humidor.

The Drink: Jamaican rum, I just love Jamaican rum and their is none finer than Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaican rum. Distilled in copper pots and aged in select oak barrels, this rum is full bodied and smooth. 
It has a deep smoky flavor with hints of vanilla, nutmeg and orange. A wonderful rum on the rocks, as I had it or mixed with fresh squeezed lime juice and club soda. 
This is one of my go to rums and  I think you will enjoy it too.

The Pairing: This pairing has to go down as one of my favorite after dinner pairings. The balance of woodsy smoky flavors from the rum, pairs very well with the deep and dark notes from the cigar. They compliment each other in a way that the tastes combine to create a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I really feel that this pairing is going to go down as one of my all time favorites.
The price of this pairing isn't bad either. The cigar will run you about $9.00 for the robusto and the Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaican Rum is less than $30.00 a bottle. In my mind you really can't go wrong.

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