Friday Pairings: A Daring Dance with Ron Santiago de Cuba Rum and Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9

Ah, dear readers! Here we are again, the second instalment of our “Friday Pairings” series. This week, we find ourselves venturing into sacrilege territory, as we’re about to sinfully pair a Cuban rum with a non-Cuban cigar. Yet, in the name of hedonism, I remain unrepentant. The sun blazes over the UK, finding me clad in a white linen guayabera shirt, a bottle of Ron Santiago de Cuba 12-Year-Old Rum on the table, Cuban vibes whispering temptation to my somewhat rebellious spirit.

Ron Santiago de Cuba 12-Year-Old Rum:

This aged treasure, Ron Santiago de Cuba 12-Year-Old Rum, hails from the vibrant heart of the Caribbean, embodying the spirit and history of Cuba. The rum’s complexity and richness make it an intriguing partner for cigar pairing. With pronounced notes of fruit, spice, and oak, it pirouettes on the palate, the sweetness intensified by the aging process, creating a flavour depth that stands toe-to-toe with a hearty smoke.

Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9:

Crossing the Cuban border, we enter Nicaragua’s realm with Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9. This full-bodied non-Cuban wonder brings a dose of audacity to our pairing with its robust chocolate notes and a peppery punch that marks its character indelibly.

The Pairing:

The pairing of Ron Santiago de Cuba 12-Year-Old Rum and Liga Privada No. 9 is a harmonious dance of contrast and complement. The rum’s sweetness presents an ideal foil to the robust smoke, an intricate interplay of aromas and tastes, unveiling layers in both the rum and cigar. It’s a guilty pleasure of a pairing, defying norms, but trust me when I say, some sins are worth committing.

So, here we are at the end of this unorthodox journey. Repentance? Far from it. The combination of the Ron Santiago de Cuba Rum’s tantalising sweetness with the bold, rich flavours of the Liga Privada No. 9 has been nothing short of a revelation. Every sip of the rum seemed to coax out the cigar’s complexity, and each puff of smoke further explored the rum’s depth. A sinful indulgence, indeed, but one that opened the doors to a whole new world of flavour possibilities.

This weekend, why not give yourself permission to dance with the devil and experience this Cuban-Non-Cuban affair? After all, as Oscar Wilde once quipped, “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” And who knows, this act of defiance might just turn into your new favourite ritual. Until next week, remember: Life is too short for bad cigars, bad rum, or boring pairings. Cheers!

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