Top 5 Cigars to Pair with Rum 2022
It’s no secret that cigars can pair alongside almost anything these days. Whether it be different types of beers, a plethora of food dishes, red and white wine, or in this week’s Top 5, cigars paired with rum.
Hailing from sugarcane plantations in the Caribbean, Rum has been around for consumption since the 17th century. Fast forward to 2022, rum is used to cook some delicious plates such as Tiramisu, Bananas Foster, and Rum Raisin ice cream.
As of recent, Rum has been one of the most popular go-to cocktails to pair alongside some of the best-looking cigars we’re smoking. What makes Rum pair so well with cigars on our list are the fruity flavor notes in each bottle. Some popular notes you’ll detect in most bottles of rum are coconut, citrus, mango, and orange.
So for this Week’s Top 5, we’re pairing some of our favorite cigars with some of the tastiest rums. From Trinidad Espiritu to Joya de Nicaragua, here are the Top 5 Cigars to Pair with Rum in 2022.
Rocky Patel ALR 2nd Edition JR 50th
A new installment to the Rocky Patel collection comes your way thanks to the JR 50th cigar celebration, the Rocky Patel ALR 2nd Edition JR 50th is the first cigar on our list we’re looking to pair with a delicious rum. For those who don’t know, the “ALR” stands for the tobaccos within this gem from Rocky Patel are “Aged, Limited and Rare”.
Hailing from Nicaragua, this medium to full-bodied smoke has a Mexican San Andres wrapper, with a binder from Honduras, and filler tobaccos that hail from Honduras and Nicaragua.
Some flavor notes you’ll detect while smoking this 6.50 x 52 smoke are earth, coffee bean, roasted nuts, leather, and spice on the backend. These flavor notes in the cigar would pair perfectly with the original spiced rum that is Capitan Morgan. The notes of vanilla, dried fruit, and oak of Capitan Morgan compliment the Honduran tobaccos that you can find in the binder and filler.
With a bottle of Capitan Morgan averaging around to be $28.00 before tax, you can snag this limited box of 10 that is the Rocky Patel ALR 2nd Edition JR 50th for roughly $150, you can have yourself a good pairing with some good smokes and drinks.
Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua JR 50th
Next up on our Top 5 Cigars to Pair with Rum is another gem from our company’s 50th celebration last year. This rendition of the Number 1 Cigar of 2019 gained a lot of people’s interest when a new shape of this gem was specially made for us. The Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua JR 5oth Anniversary smoke comes from the hands and minds of Rafael Nodal, and long-time friend and collaborator AJ Fernandez.
One of the main components that went into this cigar-winning Cigar of the Year in 2019 was the tobaccos that were used for the wrapper, binder, and filler. This medium-bodied gem has Nicaraguan tobaccos utilized for the binder and filler, all while Sumatran tobacco is cloaked over this 6 x 52 Limited Edition smoke.
Some flavor notes you’ll detect while smoking the Quattro Nicaragua JR 50th by Aging Room are earth, cedar, coffee, leather, and zest on the backend. Knowing the delicious flavor profile of this smoke, my mind went right to this rum to pair alongside the Quattro Nicaragua. Diplomatico Rum Reserva Exclusiva is aged up to 12 years, with a 40% ABV to its name. Having both the rum and cigar a multitude of times on separate occasions, I felt that it was only fitting to combine the two for the start of the summer.
With Diplomatico Rum Reserva Exclusiva having flavor notes of dried ginger, fruit, and cake, the Quattro Nicaragua’s Nicaraguan tobacco matches up perfectly with this aged rum.
Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial
The next cigar I decided would pair well with rum, is a classic gem from Drew Estate. The Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial in the 5 x 56 Doble Robusto was made to celebrate Joya de Nicaragua’s 45th anniversary! The tobaccos within the Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial were aged in white oak barrels for over a year before being chosen. This medium-bodied smoke is cloaked in a stunning Nicaragua Habana wrapper that’s grown in the Jalapa Valley. Other various Nicaraguan tobaccos make up the binder and filler.
Upon initial smoke, you don’t get a handful of flavor upfront. Yet, when you enter the tail end of the first third, you’ll be tasting hints of espresso, wood, and pepper. Once you get to the backend of the Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial, you’ll be tasting an abundance of oak and cream.
A rum that instantly came to my mind while I enjoyed smoking the Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial was the Ron Zacapa 23 Year Centenario. Aged for 23 years, this 80-proof rum pairs deliciously with other Nicaraguan puro’s I’ve had in the past. Having similar notes to the cigar, you may also detect hints of cinnamon and ginger within the Ron Zacapa 23-Year Centenario.
With the Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial being a new favorite of mine, I figured busting out the nicer bottle of Rum would fit such an occasion.
The next cigar featured on our Top 5 Cigars to Pair with Rum is in fact one first go-to smoke I gravitate towards during the summertime when those lighter cocktails are readily available. This underrated and undervalued smoke from AUSA made its name for itself back in 2019. This zesty, citrusy gem that is the Trinidad Espiritu, comes in nine different sizes, yet the 6 x 54 Toro is my go-to one to smoke whenever wherever.
This full-bodied Nicaraguan puro harkens back and pays tribute to those great old smokes from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Both Rafael Nodal and AJ Fernandez were tasked with blending this beautiful smoke by utilizing the Nicaraguan tobaccos grown on AJ’s farm!
What makes me fall in love with this smoke with each puff I take are the delectable flavor notes. In addition to the citrus and zest, you’ll taste right off the bat, the Espiritu has luscious flavor notes of wood, pepper, vanilla, and toast.
A rum that could easily complement this smoke is none other than the Appleton Estate Signature Blend. This 80-proof aged rum that hails from Jamaica has smooth and rich flavors with each sip you take. Some notes similar to the Espiritu is the fruity, citrus aroma that Appleton Estate provides. With the oakiness of the cigar, mixed with the lightness of the rum, you’ll be set up for success with this lucrative pairing.
Alec Bradley Magic Toast
Our last cigar on the list is a special one from Alec Bradley. The Alec Bradley Magic Toast in the 6 x 52 Toro size is the perfect cigar to wrap up our Cigar and Rum pairing list for 2022. This medium to full-bodied gem was named by brand owner Alan Rubin after having a “magical feeling” while standing in a Honduran tobacco field where these top-quality tobaccos used for the cigar were grown.
Utilizing Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco for the wrapper, binder, and filler, some delicious flavor notes complement almost any and every beverage you’ll have alongside the Magic Toast. Some notes you’ll detect while smoking this cigar are earth, wood, white pepper, and sweet cocoa. I’ve always said that this smoke is for the ones who have a sweet tooth 24/7.
A rum that has paired so nicely alongside the Alec Bradley Magic Toast is a rum that has similar specs as its future counterpart. Goslings Black Seal Rum is an 80-proof dark rum that is a match made in heaven for this magical smoke. With a rich aroma, this rum from Bermuda has sweet flavor notes of vanilla, molasses, caramel, and toast.
When a cigar matches the color palate and flavor of a rum, you know it’s a go-to combination you need to try out ASAP.
Top 5 Cigars for Rum Lovers of 2019
Hello my friends, Nick Libretti here for jrcigars.com. Time for another fantastic top five video, and boy today do I have a good one for you. Man, we thought about this one a long time. This is top five cigars for the rum lover.
If you’re like me, then you drink a lot to ease the pain and what is a better cigar pairing beverage than a nice spiced rum. We have some fantastic cigars today we’re going to go through and show you. First, we have this nice limited edition from the Crowned Heads. This is the Four Kicks Mule Kick 2019. Handcrafted, has a beautiful Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper on there. Good amount of like a light spice to it, some earthy notes. I mean it’s going to go well. You’ve got rum in like a chalice. How do they drink rum? Yeah, in like a chalice, but moreover, the cigar is fantastic. Whatever kind of rum you’re drinking, this is going to go perfectly with it.
Next up, this is I think my favorite size because it’s a parejo, it’s a rounded. This is the Flor de Las Antillas, number one cigar of the year from My Father. I think put them on the map just as much as the original My Father line did. Fantastic cigar. Nicaraguan Puro. Has a Nicaraguan sun grown wrapper on it. In this special size it normally only comes in a three pack. You get the parejo shape, so that rounded shape instead of the traditional box press that it comes in. Beautiful, beautiful medium to full bodied cigar. Not too strong. It’s those nice little spice notes and that tad of richness that’s really going to pair well with your Sailor Jerry.
Everyone knows this, don’t you? This is the Oliva V series in this kind of short belicoso size. Kind of looks like a bullet or like a mortar round. Awesome. Nicaraguan through and through. Man, this is one of the most famous cigars to come out of Nicaragua. I picked this one for the pairing because when I was in Nicaragua I had some of the very famous Flor de Cana, the Nicaraguan rum, very notable and highly rewarded rum. I drank some with an Oliva V series and I was just transported to another table in the same place and I had some more. That’s what happened. Fantastic cigar though, but obviously it’s Oliva V series, we all know it.
The Ashton VSG Virgin sun grown uses an Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper, hand rolled over Dominican filler and binder. Crafted by the famous Fuente family for the Ashton company. This is going to be for a more darker rum, with that darker wrapper. A lot more robust, so it’s going to go good with a little darker, maybe even a little bit of a sweeter rum. With that Dominican filler there’s a little bit of a nutty sweetness. Very complex. Just very good. I mean look at that. It’s regal. It’s a king. Only kings smoke this, so knight yourself.
Lastly, we have here the Tatuaje Reserva Cojonu 2012. Again, a nice Ecuadorian wrapper. A little bit of a darker tint to it. That, I mean if you’re drinking rum all day, that’s an all day cigar right there. Nice leather earthy notes to it, also some nuts. And, like the other cigars, it has that light dash of spices. It’s not overly spicy. It has the perfect amount to counterbalance your Caribbean drink. But a fantastic cigar, one of these staples of the Tatuaje lineup and one of my favorites.
Friends, as always, look what we did for you. Look what we did for you. You can’t find these cigars at this price anywhere else, or in this sampler, or in this order. Right? We put them in a special order going from this one to that one. It’s a very specific order. So, be a friend to us as we are to you. Go to JR Cigars right now, pick up this extremely limited sampler, and enjoy man. I mean it’s fall coming up. Have rum at your tailgate because that’s what people do. Enjoy.