Partagas Cigars has been upping the cigar bar since 1845 and it doesn’t look like they are going to be stopping anytime soon. Their palate-busting 1845 Extra Oscuro Robusto Gordo is a robust homage to their tradition of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Rather than taking the usual route of pairing this with a smoky Islay single malt (which holds a special place in my heart), a different relationship presented itself. I ventured out into the uncharted waters of a friendly meeting between a rich smoke and an exotic friendship with a spiced rum.
I ventured out into the uncharted waters of a friendly meeting between a rich smoke and an exotic friendship with a spiced rum. Introducing the Partagas to Eastside Distilling’s Below Deck Spiced Rum went very well. They hit it off after an icebreaker or two and were soon fast friends, exchanging numbers and following each other on social media. The smooth draw from the expertly rolled Maduro wrapper blended with the sweet hints of vanilla from the rum made for an experience all of its own.
“Meticulously crafted using an oily, sun-drenched, Oscuro wrapper, bound in an earthy Vega Especiale binder, and blended with full flavored Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan ligeros; Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro is the darkest, most full-flavored introduction from Partagas to date.”
The robust ligero tobacco mingles perfectly with the zesty orange peel flavors of the rum and transports you to those perfect Saturday nights, where the warm evening breeze swings your hammock just enough to shift your gaze from one constellation to the other.
“This rum is the reward of one full year of research and development. It’s a trip around the world in one sip: Moroccan peppercorns, Sri-Lankan cinnamon, Mexican vanilla, Indian mace and California orange peel are a few of the hand-selected spices that make up this premium spirit. Aromatic notes of burnt sugar, allspice, toffee, cinnamon, candied ginger, and molasses rush your olfactory senses from within the bottle and morph into a pleasant fizzy cola after taste making you wonder how you ever drank anything else.” – Mel Heim, Master Distiller
Partagas continues to produce cigars that exceed expectations, and our friends at Famous Smoke have a great selection of sizes and bundle options. For under five bucks a stick, the 1845 Extra Oscuro Robusto Gordo delivers a consistent burn, even draw, and rich flavor profile that evolves as is burns down. From the bold notes of black pepper to the balanced fresh coffee and bitter chocolate, this is a great go-to stick for nearly any occasion. Mix in a hefty pour of the Below Deck Spiced Rum, and you have yourself a little slice of Carribean Heaven.