The power of pairing is a very real thing in many walks of life. From wines and foods to Sonny and Cher, complementary pairs accentuate one another’s qualities while playing off each other’s differences. Cigars and whiskey pairings are no exception as the taste buds enjoy the titillating union of flavor and texture. As few things evoke feelings of relaxation more than enjoying a wee dram and a puff, enjoy a little guidance on the ultimate in cigar and whiskey pairings to inspire your taste buds through the upcoming year.
1) Angel’s Envy Bourbon and Dram Cask #3 Toro Cigar Pairing
As both Angel’s Envy and Dram Cask #3 are spicy, they make a perfectly hot couple. The bourbon, finished in port wine barrels, cuts the spics of the cigar as they bring out each other’s more subtle vanilla, nutty, fruity and sweet notes. While both are bold flavors on their own, their union yields a relaxing and flavorful smoke.
2) Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve and My Father Le BIJOU 1922 Torpedo Pairing
This pairing joins the #1-rated cigar with an equally decadent whiskey. My Father Le BIJOU 1922 Torpedo has a wide array of flavor notes including chocolate, coffee, woodiness, and leather. When joined with the Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve, a shared creamy-coffee layer with earthy and nutty components come to the forefront. For a truly luxurious smoke, this pairing will not disappoint.
3) Bushmills 21 year Single Malt Irish Whiskey and Perdomo Craft Series Amber Epicure Sun Grown Pairing
Recently introduced by third-generation cigar maker, Nick Perdomo, the Perdomo Craft Series Amber Epicure Sun Grown is specifically blended with a heavy malt-flavor combination in mind. The Bushmills 21 year single malt Irish whiskey’s heavy and sweet malt tones match up perfectly with the cigar’s fruity notes. The sweetness of the whiskey and dry fruitiness of the cigar compliment each other in a way that will keep tasters engaged until the very last drop and puff.
4) Jack Daniel’s and Black Belt Buckle Corona Gorda
The classic humble flavoring of the Jack Daniels’ woody and sweet whiskey is the perfect match for the Black Belt Buckle Corona Gorda’s bursting flavor punch. Together, these two produce an earthy rugged smoke to rival the great culinary pairings of the world.
5) Knappogue Castle 12-year-old Single Malt Irish Whiskey and Camacho American Barrel-Aged Robusto Pairing
This pairing is an accessible option in terms of price, while still delivering a unique taste sensation. The Knappogue whiskey, 12 years aged in bourbon casks, has found its brother in the Camacho American, also aged in bourbon casks. Thus similar flavors have infused both the whiskey and the cigar. The whiskey’s malty sweetness enhances the toasty flavors of the cigar, while their flavor commonalities meld into perfection for the smoothest of smokes.
As you move into 2018, think of relaxation, rejuvenation, and seizing those moments of luxurious decadence when and where you can. Let the ultimate in cigars and whiskey pairings wash over you, enjoying their flavor gifts and the slower pace they encourage.