Pairing Spirits w/ Cigars
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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.