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Pairing Spirits w/ Cigars

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jpc8015 Jul 8, 2009 12:49 PM

I work in Iraq and do not access to alcohol. So, I did what any reasonable person would do and started smoking cigars. Now I am headed home for a visit and I have a nice little collection of cigars. What are your favorite drinks to go with a cigar? Do you have any specific pairings? Maybe a great brandy to pair with a Montecristo Media Noche? Maybe a great cane rum to go with that Cuban Cohiba? Or maybe just some generalities. Any info you have that will help me enjoy my cocktails and cigars would be great.

  1. streetgourmetla Jul 15, 2009 11:04 PM

    I like a San Cristobal de La Habana figurado with about anything.Havana Club 7yrs, Don Anastacio anejo tequila, a Caol Ila scotch, maybe a Cachaca Angelica.

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      jpc8015 Jul 11, 2009 01:29 PM

      These are all very interesting suggestions. I will be sure to try a glass of port with the Nub Maduro I've got sitting in my humidor.

      I made it in late last night and had a 5 Vegas Classic and a Cuba Libra. I know it's not the most classic of pairings but it actually worked surprisingly well. I can't wait to get into the Cuban Montecristos I picked up in Kuwait. They seem to be screaming for a glass Crown Royal.

      1. Fritter Jul 10, 2009 03:55 AM

        My favorite by a long stretch is a Bolivar Belicoso fino Cabinet selection or a close second is a Trinidad (Living on the Canadian border has it's advantages). I really prefer red wine to spirits or even a glass of Port with some stilton and walnuts.

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          travelingmansoul Jul 9, 2009 09:21 PM

          for me, depends on time of day as well

          if afternoon - mint julep or a mint lemonade/bourbon drink with a romeo y julieta is nice

          single malts (i like oban and macallan 18) with a nice cuban - monte cristos are always cool

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            ed1066 Jul 9, 2009 11:02 AM

            I've found that when smoking a cigar and drinking a spirit, one usually overpowers the other and renders the lesser of the two basically moot, making both experiences less enjoyable. I prefer to imbibe the spirit, then if I'm still in the mood, I will have the cigar. However, I'm far more partial to spirits than cigars, so this could just be my prejudice showing...

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              Soybomb Jul 10, 2009 10:22 AM

              Me too, I've never been super happy with any of the pairing so if I do have something with a cigar its usually just some decent bourbon so I don't feel like I"m wasting anything too good. For me tobacco usually gets water, tea, or coffee.

              I've also found I'm more partial to a pipe than cigars. It takes a little more skill to learn to smoke but there's a huge variety of tobacco flavors available and the price is so much more reasonable.

            2. Veggo Jul 8, 2009 04:15 PM

              I was taught a habit 13 years ago in Havana of lightly moistening the outer wrapper of a Cohiba (I have a box of Siglo IV's) with a dab of Havana Club 7 year anejo, and then enjoying the puro and the anejo (neat) together.
              Cigars and vintage Porto are a natural, as well. A "tweener" is Courvoisier, warmed.

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                DavidT Jul 8, 2009 03:55 PM

                I believe Dalmore makes a single-malt whisky called the "Cigar Malt." That would certainly be one to try.

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                  DavidT Jul 8, 2009 03:56 PM

                  Link to reviews of the Cigar Malt:

                  http://www99.epinions.com/review/pr-D...

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