This pair was inspired by the list of similarities between the drink and the cigar. Flor De Cana is made just 140KM away from where the tobacco was grown for the Oliva Ole Maduro, in Nicaragua. Both companies were founded within 4 years of each other in the last 1800s. The tasting notes and strengths of each components seemed to line up perfectly. Both the Serie V and Flor De Cana 18 are highly rated and award winning.
So how did they do?
About the Oliva Serie V
This cigar has been in the Top 25 Cigars by Cigar Aficionado for the last 5 years including being #1 for two of those years. The wrapper on this cigar was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Onl y 22 rollers in the Nicaraguan factory are entrusted to make the Serie V and, unlike the other cigarmakers in the factory, they are paid on salary rather than by the number of cigars they make. The payoff in quality is obvious. The flavour is leathery, nutty with some slight sweet spicy, with subtle notes of vanilla.
About the Flor De Caña 18 Year-Old Centenario Gold Rum
All rums by Flor De Cana are slow aged naturally with no additives or accelerents in traditional un-airconditioned aging rooms. This rum has won double gold medals at the 2006 & 2008 San Fransisco World Spirits Competition and is rated a 94 by tastings.com. It is full-bodied with rich complexity. It smells of chocolate, caramel and tobacco leaf. Smooth in the mouth it tastes like brown sugar, coconut and dark chocolate. The finish is long and bites back with spice, oak and vanilla. This is a great rum to enjoy any time.
Pairing Flor De Caña 18 Year-Old Centenario Gold Rum and Oliva Serie V
This pair was very easy-going. The flavours went well together and we thought this was something you could do almost daily. The flavors complimented each other better than our pair with the the Oliva Ole Maduro.
We also tried the Flor de Cana with the Taylor Fladgates 10 Year Tawny and it went fairly well. I think that even though this pair was quite nice there’s a better drink out there for this cigar. We’ll let you know when we find it!