This rare but fantastic cigar is rich and full and a must-try for any serious cigar connoisseur.  However when paired with this sweet rum, though they were both still good, the cigar was simply too strong for this drink.

About Ron Zacapa Solera 23 Rum

Blended from rums aging 6 to 23 years and aged in the mountains of Guatemala at an elevation of 7,500ft where temperatures average a cool 17 degrees celsius (around 62 degrees fahrenheit), this rum begins with almost a fairy tale story.  Fermented from sugar cane syrup this rum has an aroma of brown sugar, pineapple, dried fruit, smoky oak and molasses.   Bottled at 40% this drink is smooth and slightly sweet pleasing your mouth with vanilla, honey, caramel, burnt sugar, and a citrus finish.  This rum was awarded 97 points by the Beverage Tasting Institute in Chicago and was awarded the “Platinum medal”, ranking First Place in 2001 – the highest rating ever awarded.

About La Aurora 100 Anos

The La Aurora 100 Anos or ” Cien Años” was made in 2003 as a limited edition cigar made solely from Dominican tobacco to celebrate La Aurora’s 100th Anniversary. La Aurora describes the wrapper “silky Dominican Corojo … that has been aged four years.”  Originally only 400,000 of these were made, each serial-numbered so you can be sure you’re getting an original. This cigar was rated Cigar Aficionado’s #2 cigar of the year in 2004.  This cigar is what I would describe as slightly above medium-bodied with a leather and tea flavor throughout with hints of vanilla, caramel and cinnamon.  It is well built, sophisticated and complex.  Though some people have complained of burn issues I have not noticed this yet.  The price point on this cigar is high as it is limited and quite special.

As a side note La Aurora revealed in June 2012 that it will be bringing back another run of 3 sizes and 20,000 of each.  A maduro robusto will also be produced but only a run of 7000.  You can read more about this on Cigar Aficionado.

Pairing Ron Zacapa Solera 23 Rum and La Aurora 100 Anos

As mentioned in the intro paragraph, this wasn’t exactly a winning combination.  The cigar was excellent and the drink was fantastic but the flavors simply didn’t match up.  The drink could not hold its own and you easily put it aside, forget about it, and focus on the cigar.  We later revisited this cigar pairing the La Aurora 100 Anos with Hennessy VSOP Cognac.  We found pairing the La Aurora 107 with Ron Zacapa Rum worked much better.