Since I first tried this cigar, I knew I wanted to pair this one. The richness of the flavour and strength of the smoke, was something I was definitely eager to pair. Knowing what I did about this stick, I knew I would have to find a spirit that was equally strong and flavourful to balance the Tempus. Enter the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban…
About Glenmorangie & the Quinta Ruban
The company started in 1738 on the Morangie farm and in 1843 it was purchased from William Matheson who later named the distillery Glenmorangie. The darkest and most intense single-malt whisky in the extra-matured range, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban has spent 10 years maturing in American white oak casks, then transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal. Extra maturation in these port pipes develops Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban into a voluptuous spirit with a complex balance of sweet and dry flavours and an intriguing contrast of smooth and crisp, cooling textures.
Nose: light, floral and fruity. Grapes, apricots, and pears. Palate: Oak, vanilla, fruit cocktail, amaretto, and nutmeg. Finish: honey and cinnamon, but relatively short.
Side Note: After allowing a cask to air out for 2 year, Glenmorangie will lease their casks to other companies, such as Jack Daniels.
About Alec Bradley & the Tempus
We all know the story of how Alec Bradley was formed by Alan Rubin in 1996 and have gone on to make some pretty major cigars in the industry (ie. Tempus, Prensado to name two biggies). Alan Rubin discovered this special wrapper tobacco in a little farm in Honduras, back in 2001. The leaves have been aging for a very long time and this fact gave Rubin the idea to name the brand “Tempus” or TIME in latin.
One other interesting fact… This line of tobacco was actually meant for the MAXX line of cigars, but Alan decided to use it for the Tempus because of its possibility of being so limited.
Each member of our pairing group has had this cigar and we’ve all really enjoyed it, but ironically have never actually done an official pairing. Happily, I got the opportunity to do it. Nosing the foot of the cigar I picked up on a strong note of molasses and a little chocolate. The initial taste was nutty and after the cigar got hotter, a little big of pepper was felt in the tongue.
Pairing Alec Bradley Tempus with GlenMorangie Quinta Ruban
When pouring the Glenmorangie, it had a beautiful dark golden colour from the port casking process. Tasting this nectar was a pleasure starting with dark minty chocolate & tangerines, followed by a warm and full flavour that kicked the back of the throat with its spice, then a long lasting finish that was very full and complex. After the few first sips, we poured a little bit of water to break up the flavours a bit (following some instruction found on their website). This definitely lessened the power of this drink, but to each their own. Knowing we had a strong drink though, we were excited to see how the Tempus would hold up against the drink and it appears that the strength of this cigar was a perfect match. I noticed a lot more of the chocolate flavours coming out in the cigar and both seemed to lend themselves well to each other. The drink never lost any power or flavour and neither did the cigar.
All in all, we found this to be an excellent pair and would love to hear what you might have to say about it!