What Cigar Do You Like To Pair Vizcaya VXOP With?

As with any pairing—wine and cheese, rum and food, music and mood, even peanut butter and jelly—the pairing of spirits and cigars is largely a subjective matter. What appeals or seems ideal to one man could well be a total turn-off for another, although it’s likely that they would all agree that at least half the fun is in the pursuit of a classic combination. If you enjoy Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 rum, and if you are a cigar smoker, it’s likely that you will already have done some experimentation to find your favorite cigar to pair with the ultimate sipping rum. Nevertheless, we are pleased to present a basic guide to rum and cigar pairing.

Rum and cigars are a natural match, simply because they are both traditionally produced in the same regions of the world. Just as vegetables that ripen concurrently in a particular climate tend to go well together, so the spicy, smoky flavors of rum tend to complement the warm and complex notes of a good cigar. Of course, the fact that both promote relaxation is not to be ignored, and for many cigar and rum aficionados, the very act of pouring that glass of Vizcaya and lighting up might produce a Pavlovian effect, allowing you to kick back and savor the moment thoroughly.

The first rule of thumb when choosing a cigar to puff with your Vizcaya is to choose one with an equally robust flavor profile. Vizcaya VXOP, after all, has a depth and intensity that works well with  many cigars. Its weight of flavor, which comes from having been distilled with real sugar cane and then aged in oaken barrels, requires a cigar that is also substantial enough to create some balance between the two indulgences.

That said, there are times when contrast becomes harmonious. As long as the cigar won’t pale in comparison to your neat or on-the-rocks Vizcaya, or vice-versa, choosing a particularly smooth and sweet cigar will provide a tasteful counterpoint. The notes of brown sugar, butterscotch, vanilla and maple in Vizcaya will sing more prominently when echoed by a rum that exhibits characters of sweetness. moke loves sweetness. Think of the way barbecue sauces often incorporate an element of sweet, fruity flavor that is tempered and deepened by the smoke of the grill.

Yet even a drier, more savory cigar can complement Vizcaya VXOP nicely, by playing up the rum’s substantial spice elements. You might notice a new element—say, clove or black pepper, oak, raisin or molasses—when enjoying a medium-bodied cigar, which wasn’t apparent just moments ago, before you lit up.

Vizcaya’s refined, intricate taste profile can be enjoyed on its own merits, or amplified by your favorite cigar. We think that the attempt to find the perfect marriage of a cigar with Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 rum is a task well worth pursuing, and we invite you to share some of your favorite cigars in the comment.

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Published in: on August 10, 2010 at 11:27 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Vizcaya VXOP Named A “Publisher’s Pick”

Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 Rum has been named a “Publisher’s Pick” by one of the premier publications of the wine and spirits industry, The Tasting Panel.

Each month, The Tasting Panel‘s Publisher and Executive Editor, Meridith May, chooses several exceptional wines and spirits to highlight in the magazine, which offers both a print and an online edition. Vizcaya VXOP, the ultimate sipping rum, is one of the spirits to receive this distinction in June. It also garnered a rating of 95.

Says May:

“The burnished copper hue is dazzling. Several layers of aromas waft up from the glass, from salty sherry, oak and cocoa to maple syrup–drenched walnuts. On the palate, sumptuous notes of vanilla extract and nougat take this Thoroughbred to the finish line with satin smooth chocolate and maple bliss generously coating the palate.”

Naturally, those who have had the pleasure of relaxing with a glass of Vizcaya VXOP won’t be surprised to read Ms. May’s glowing review. They already know that the character of this elegant rum is rich and complex, from the initial impression of its bouquet to the lingering pleasure of its finish.

The subtle sweetness of Vizcaya VXOP is an excellent counterpoint to its smoky and spicy notes, and makes for an engaging rum to enjoy either neat, with a favorite cigar, or as the delicious basis for a very special cocktail.

Won’t you join us in toasting The Tasting Panel with a glass of “Publisher’s Pick” Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 rum? Cheers!

Published in: on June 16, 2010 at 10:30 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Enjoy Vizcaya VXOP, the Ultimate Sipping Rum, at Caña, L.A.’s Ultimate Rum Bar

One of downtown Los Angeles’s newest hot spots, Caña Rum Bar, is proud to serve Vizcaya VXOP—the ultimate sipping rum.

Caña has been reinvented by nightlife impresario Cedd Moses from the space’s previous incarnation, the exclusive members-only club The Doheny. Although it’s still a private club, the membership has dropped from $2200 to just $20, and the venue still offers a lush, intimate atmosphere and high-quality cocktails. Not only that, but the membership fee is actually donated to a different, worthwhile charity each month. In Caña’s opening month, the proceeds went to Haiti earthquake relief.

Caña serves a variety of small-batch rums and intriguing rum-based drinks, including a line of retro-chic tiki drinks. One of the premium rums served in this inviting lounge is Vizcaya VXOP, the warm, sultry notes of which are a perfect complement to the vibe at Caña—which is at once worldly and cozy, sexy and mellow. With live Latin and Carribean music, as well as special rum tastings and other events, Caña is not just a club, but a destination.

Caña’s nooks and atmospheric lighting make it a perfect place to bring a date, or to catch up with an old friend. Or come with the whole crowd, and sample a variety of drinks you won’t get anywhere else, like a deliciously gingery Dark and Stormy, the best daiquiri of your life, or the two-person Zombie. Any of the specialty cocktails which Caña’s experienced bartenders can concoct for you are a perfect way to showcase Vizcaya VXOP’s sophisticated nuances of clove, brown sugar, nutmeg, caramel and vanilla. Perhaps you might prefer to sip your Vizcaya neat or on the rocks, so you can mull over its delectable subtleties, while enjoying your favorite cigar on Caña’s inviting enclosed patio.

Just like Vizcaya VXOP, Caña Rum Bar takes pleasure to a new level. Both are posh yet accessible, offering something for the rum novice and the knowledgeable connoisseur alike. Where better to savor a glass of the ultimate sipping rum—Vizcaya VXOP—than at Los Angeles’s ultimate destination for the enjoyment of rum, Caña Rum Bar?

To get to Caña, which is located at 714 West Olympic Boulevard, enter the first private driveway south of Olympic on Flower. Call them at 213.745.7090.

Published in: on May 19, 2010 at 7:33 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Vizcaya VXOP To Be Featured At Premium Rum & Cigar Event

Vizcaya VXOP rum, with its warm, spicy bouquet and robust character, has often been described as the perfect libation to sip while smoking a fine cigar. So it comes as no surprise that TheFiftyBest has named Vizcaya as one of the featured rums at its upcoming Premium Rum & Cigar Tasting event.

Held at Cipriani Wall Street—a landmark Greek revival venue that was once the home of the New York Stock Exchange and the United States Customs House—this tasting will showcase some of the world’s most captivating rums and cigars. A selection of delectable appetizers, provided by Cipriani’s renowned chefs, will further enhance the evening.

Relax on the terrace at Cipriani while enjoying the lush, captivating taste of Vizcaya. One sip and you’ll understand why Vizcaya VXOP recently won “Best in Show” in the rum category, as well as a Double Gold medal, at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Vizcaya’s distinctive complexity and sophistication have garnered it a number of other awards, including a Gold Medal at the 2009 Ministry of Rum Tasting.

The hints of smoke that mingle with the spice and brown sugar notes of Vizcaya VXOP are an outstanding counterpoint to highly rated cigars from Drew Estate, such as Acid, Chateau Real and Natural. Vizcaya’s soft finish, redolent of cloves, echoes the warmth of the cigar and leaves a lingering sweetness.

If you consider yourself an aficianado of premium cigars and high quality sipping rums—or even if you’re just beginning to learn about them—you need to mark your calendars and join us at Cipriani for an evening of refined pleasure.

The Premium Rum & Cigar Tasting is hosted by TheFiftyBest.com, an unbiased guide to fine living for those with epicurean tastes. The event will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2010, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person in advance, $65 at the door. Seats for this event are limited; reserve your place on the terrace now.

Published in: on May 10, 2010 at 11:46 AM  Leave a Comment  
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