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Sep 23, 2009 03:23 PM

Cigar Pairings

One of my best friends is getting married this weekend and we thought it would be nice to have a couple bottles of scotch and cigars for members of the wedding party. We got together last week and picked out two bottles of scotch: Glenmorangie La Santa and Craggenmore 12 year. I'm wondering if anyone has a suggestion for a nice cigar to go with one or both of the single malts. Thanks.

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  1. Good choice going with the scotch. I would suggest a Cohiba or if something milder is wanted a Romeo Y Julieta. This is what we enjoy around the backyard fire pit during the late night in summer or even now since we are still having amazingly warm weather for our "Indian Summer". Have fun at the wedding.

    1. With the Glenmorangie La Santa I'd go for something that will complement its sherry notes, with hints of caramel, raisins and dried fruit, and nuts. (I was just at a tasting event of the whole line a week ago with the Glenmorangie Master Distiller Bill Lumsden)

      I think a perfect match would be from Arturo Fuente like a robusto from the Don Carlos line. Or maybe an Fuente Opus X if you want even more upscale. Or a bit more rustic, a Fuente Hemingway. The Hemingway Short Story is usually a really great little cigar for when you only want to smoke for 20-30 minutes. Great for when you want to take a break away for a short while.

      (Back in the mid to late 90's I worked in the cigar industry and set up many whiskey/cigar pairing events.)

      1. A premium sipping rum is my go to drink with my nightly cigar BUT a nice tawny port would make a wonderful pairing for cigars at a wedding party.

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        1. re: scubadoo97

          I agree, for cigars I like a nice port or sherry, but a good sipping rum that can stand up to a cigar is great. Lately I like the El Dorado 12 or 21. But for some reason I don't care as much for the 15.

          1. re: JMF

            Although a nice single malt will go well, if the cigars are presented later in the evening after dinner and after many drinks to celebrate, the port or sherry, and I'm really big on sweet PX sherry, will be a nice way to round out the big event.

            El Dorado is my favorite rum. I keep the 12 and 15 on hand at all times. I find the 12 a little lighter and a little sweeter than the 15. The 12 YO is one of my all time favorites.

        2. I hope all necessary parties showed up for the wedding. I would have suggested a Davidoff robusto. A lot of flavor, without the bite that could numb the fine scotch taste. And a robusto is a 30 minute smoke - the ladies would hardly notice you were missing.

          1. Assuming that (a) you have a mix of regular and occasional cigar smokers; (b) you don't want to drop huge money; and (c) you're in the US and wish to comply with the Trading with the Enemy Act...

            My favorites with a Highland scotch are the Carlos Torano Exodus and the Rocky Patel Edge Light. Both are fairly accessible, but have enough flavor to satisfy a regular cigar smoker. And IMO you get more bang for your buck than with the Macanudo / Partagas / Fuente stuff that has wider name recognition.

            Size-wise, my favorites are torpedoes, followed by toros and/or robustos. But a smaller ring size like a corona will be less threatening to some folks. And they smoke quicker, if people are wanting to get back inside.

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            1. re: alanbarnes

              I need to schedule a smoke-out with Bill Hunt, over his cellar in Scottsdale, and deal you in. He has nice portos and other bottled items. I suppose I traded with somebody's enemy, but I don't have enemies, just a nice box of Cohiba siglo lV's.

              1. re: Veggo

                R&J Churchill, Montecristo #2, Siglo IV - would that we all had to make such difficult choices every day.

                1. re: alanbarnes

                  The Romeo y Julietas are more difficult to 'move around' because of the aluminum tubes. Montecristo makes the best torpedo in the world, IMO, which seems to be a size/shape you enjoy. And I have always been a fan of any Cohiba other than the esplendito, because 95% of them are laughable counterfeits.

              2. re: alanbarnes

                Yes really depends on the smoking experience of the wedding party members. I would have a hard time watching someone smoke a third of a Siglo IVs and leaving it in an ashtray.

                If you do have some serious cigar smokers and havanfiles then the Bolivar Gold Metals are back in production. Not a cheap smoke but a classy one to behold. Comes in boxes of 10 and would make a great celebratory cigar if post revolutionary Havana cigars are your thing.

                  1. re: scubadoo97

                    New to me. How do they draw, and what kind of wrapper, if you know? I'll trade ya 3 siglo IV's for 2 Bolivars...

                  2. re: scubadoo97

                    How are enjoying them? A friend brought back a box years several years ago and they were disappointing to say the least. But the rumor is that quality control has returned to Bolivar standards. Please do tell...

                    1. re: alanbarnes

                      The original cigar was a popular cigar in the '70s and '80s but according to MRN the inability to obtain the "gold" foiled wrapper lead to it being discontinued around '92. The cigar was commissioned by C. Wolters of the Cologne Germany LCDH in '04. Only a limited number of boxes were produced in the Partagas factory. Partagas used the original blend to make these. The were reintroduced for general production in '07. I had one of the '04s not long ago. Very nice and much better than when they were first made. A little age can do wonders. Since '08 tobacco has been really good I suspect the new ones are quite tasty.