It’s no surprise that we enjoy all of the Paul Stulac cigars that we’ve been able to try so far, so this one was one I was very excited about. I had done my research by reading tons of reviews online, including Katman’s review on the cigar. I find we have enjoyed many of the same cigars, so I was anxious to put this one to the test. I even reached out to Paul himself for some information on the cigar.
As for the rum, well this is one of those rums where you are privileged if you get to try it. Up here around Toronto, it’s really tough to come across so when I was able to find one nearby, I jumped on it!
About the Drink
This drink is named after Sir John Gay Alleyne, a trusted friend of John Sober, who inherited Mount Gilboa Distilleries from his father in 1747. The oldest written evidence of regular distillation on the Mount Gay Distilleries property was in 1703, but they had originally put stills to work as early as 1667, making Mount Gay Distilleries the oldest existing rum in the world. Made on the island of Barbados, they claim that their rum is made from the unique ‘coral-filtered water’ and the native rich sugar canes. Their rum is made the traditional way and is aged in Kentucky white oak casks formally used in the production of Bourbon. Mount Gay rums have had their share in the light and has one many awards for their products and this 1703 is no different!
- AROMAS: Refined harmony of oaky and caramel notes
- TASTE: A balance of caramel, spice and toast
- BODY: Exceptional roundness with a delicate finish
About the Cigar
As I stated above, we are big fans of the stuff we’ve tried of Paul Stulac Cigars and this one is no different. Even though this cigar is part of the ‘classic’ line, it is his latest limited release. This cigar was birthed out of more of a ‘fun’ story rather than anything else. Paul created this cigar for his industry friend who wanted something a little smaller in the PSC line. So, him being the friend that he is, he made a limited release of this cigar in a natural and maduro line and only 4 months later, it was released. When trying to decide what to name it, they had come up with the obvious… his friend’s last name was “Lord”. Having read about this cigar and even asking Paul himself, I was very excited to surprise the rest of the group with this ‘flavour bomb’ (quoted from Katman).
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
About the Pair
In doing some research for my pair, I was leaning towards a Nicaraguan cigar, but then I found this quote from Michael Herklots, Executive director at Nat Sherman in an interview (found here)
I’d recommend some of the more popular Nicaraguan cigars of today. These cigars tend to be more linear in nature, as they tend to utilize only (or mostly) Nicaraguan tobaccos in their blends, delivering common characteristics that are richer and fuller bodied in nature. The typical flavors of Nicaraguan-based blends are frequently earthier, darker notes, as well as spiciness, coffee and cocoa. In this example, the flavors of the cigars should more than likely fill in the blanks of the rum’s flavors while still holding up in strength. If you want something that requires a little less attention, opt for a fuller bodied cigar with a Connecticut Broad leaf Maduro wrapper. The natural sweetness of this great tobacco will embrace the sweetness of the rum, while allowing the other flavors to still provide a ‘dialogue’ on the palate.
So, I decided to devote myself to the Nicaraguan line. I was interested to try a Nat Sherman, but they aren’t available locally so I then also quickly committed to Paul Stulac since we had just gotten our hands on some and we have found his cigars to be quite full of flavour.
Starting with the rum: Upon opening the beautiful bottle, the smell of fruit was unbelievably strong. Taking the first sip, you are completely enveloped in the experience as even a tiny sip seems to fill your mouth and make your palate come to life! The warmth of the rum dances around the tongue and you get hints of fruit, vanilla and sugar, then prepare yourself for the longest finish you’ve ever experienced (at least for me it seemed like it). The rum warms all the way down and continues the magic for a while. Your eyes widen as you lift the glass for a second time.
Now the cigar: You can really smell a ton on this cigar, but definitely the sweet hay and pepper. Just a note that the bands came off a lot easier on these then from our previous experiences. We cut them, light them, and upon first pull, we notice the cigar is very tightly wrapped and the draw is a little tighter than other’s we tried, but it’s still pleasant and the amount of creamy smoke is astounding! The cigar has a short finish but the finish has a little more sweet notes to it.
After going back to the drink, we found that it was a little sweeter on the lips and now some members mentioned they could taste apple in the drink. There is a definite taste of honey/vanilla still sticking around and as we kept smoking and drinking alternately, the cigar finish would lengthen. On the retrohale, tons of spice with hints of caramel. All the way through this cigar, there was a ton of creamy smoke, the light was fantastic with no touchups or relights needed by either one of us.
We all highly enjoyed this pairing. The drink and the cigar were both ‘flavour bombs’ that would lend themselves well to each other. One member mentioned that after a few drops of water in the drink, he found that the cigar and drink paired even better. I’d like to note here as well that each of us tried different amounts of ice and water drops upon the second pour of this bold rum and none of us really enjoyed how it had tamed the rum.
We definitely call this one a ‘nice pair’ and recommend that you give it a try! If you do, please let us know about it!