Cigars and rum share a common history. Both are principal products for
enjoyment imported from the Caribbean, Central, and South America.
Additionally, they are carefully crafted artisanal products that have undergone
complex aging and blending processes, requiring the expertise of master
blenders who, in the case of premium cigars and rums, practice their own form
Many consider cigars and rums to be a perfect pair, but for that to be
true, some conditions are required. Among them, perhaps the most well-known is
the combination of flavors and fragrances, trying to harmonize, for example,
mild cigars with young rums or darker, aged rums with cigars of similar
Following that guideline, we suggest combining:
cigars with light rums: to enhance the flavors of mild cigars, you can use white or light
golden rums due to their smoothness and notes of vanilla and caramel.
to full-flavored cigars with aged rums: for pairing these cigars, it is ideal to
use dark aged rums or reserve rums because the complex flavors of the rum
can balance the strong flavors of the cigar.
cigars with darker rums: Maduro cigars, with their earthy and sometimes fruity notes, can
be complemented with darker and more complex rums, such as extra-dark aged
rum or solera rum.
cigars with special rums: special rums, like those aged in wine barrels or with specific
flavors like coconut or spices, can pair well with aromatic cigars, adding
additional layers of complexity.
Of course, there are some classic combinations of cigars and rums. Among
them are those that mix cigars with rums from the same nationality. Here,
we suggest trying some highly appreciated ones:
with Cuban rum:
an authentic Cuban Habano, such as Cohiba or Montecristo, pairs perfectly
with a good Cuban rum, such as Havana Club Añejo 7 Años because the
combination of earthy and complex flavors can be exceptional.
cigars with Dominican rum: a Dominican cigar, like those from the Arturo Fuente brand, can be
combined with a premium Dominican rum, such as Brugal 1888. Both share an
elegance and complexity that complement each other well.
cigars with Nicaraguan rum: cigars from Nicaragua, like those from the Padron brand, can pair
well with Nicaraguan rums, such as Flor de Caña 12 Years. Both tend to
have rich and powerful flavors that complement each other.
However, for the more adventurous, they may also enjoy a pairing that
emphasizes contrast. For them, we also have some suggestions:
cigars with Guatemalan rum: some Honduran cigars, such as those from the Camacho brand, can be
combined with Guatemalan rums, such as Ron Zacapa Centenario. In this
case, the robustness of the cigar can be balanced with the smoothness and
complexity of the rum.
cigars with Jamaican rums: a Nicaraguan cigar, like Oliva Serie V, could be combined with a
Jamaican rum, such as Appleton Estate. The intensity of the Nicaraguan
cigar can contrast with the fruity and spicy flavors of Jamaican rum.
cigars with Barbados rums: a Dominican cigar, like Arturo Fuente, could complement well with
a rum from Barbados, such as Mount Gay XO. The smoothness and oak tones of
the rum can enhance the flavors of the cigar.
cigars with Puerto Rican rums: a Honduran cigar, like Camacho, could be
accompanied by a rum from Puerto Rico, such as Ron del Barrilito. The
power of the cigar can be balanced with the smoothness and complexity of
Remember that the key is to experiment and find combinations that
satisfy your personal preferences. Each cigar and rum has its own
characteristics, and sometimes, unexpected combinations can be the most
surprising. I hope you find some delicious pairings!