Cigars and drinks are a classic combination, but at times you may be unsure how to pair them. Even mature, experienced drinkers are sometimes at a loss as to what will drink will taste best with the cigar they’ve chosen to enjoy, and vice versa. If you need some assistance, we have the information to help you make the best choice.
Some common drink and cigar combinations involve a hard liquor. An important aspect to keep in mind is to make sure both the taste of the cigar and the drink don’t overpower one another. Most cigars have a robust flavor, which can overshadow the flavor of clear liquors such as vodka and gin, so sticking to darker spirits is your best bet.
The most popular liquor to be paired with a cigar is scotch. This whiskey has a great oaky flavor – thanks to the barrels it has been aged in – which balances well with a nice cigar. Scotch is a strong liquor that takes time to become accustomed to, so make sure you can handle the intense flavor before ordering. Recommended cigar matches for this spirit are in the Davidoff Millennium Blend Series. Additionally, try a Da Vinci II Segreto del Sorriso. Another tip: the more mild a drink is, the wider the cigar should be to pair well with the light flavor of the alcoholic beverage.
Rum is another liquor often chosen as a mate to a nice cigar. The two tastes complement each other, most likely because they both originated in the Caribbean. With rum’s sweet and spicy flavor, the best choice for a cigar is one that is full-flavored and potent. A suggestion would be the Casa Magna, a cigar with hints of cocoa and nut. Steer clear of light rums, as they don’t enhance the taste of cigars as well as darker, sweeter rums.
Wine and cigars are another dynamic duo when it comes to enjoying a cigar lounge. However, many people make the common mistake of overpowering a light wine – usually of the white variety – with a heavier cigar. White wine can be a tricky drink for which to find a cigar companion, as red wines generally complement a wider variety of cigars and flavors. But if you are a fan of white wine, your best choice of cigar is a milder one such as the H. Upmann Original.
Red wines are diverse, ranging along a spectrum from dry to sweet. Similarly, cigars can vary from mild to heavy, so finding a wine and cigar that enrich one another is important. If the wine you are drinking is robust and complex, such as a Cabernet, a spicier cigar like El Rico Habanero will pair very well. In contrast, if you are drinking a fruitier wine like Merlot, try the sweet Casa Magna.
If you’re overwhelmed and just can’t decide what wine to order, you can’t go wrong with sipping a sweeter wine while smoking a cigar. Romeo y Julieta 1875 Reserve Maduro is a perfect match for a deliciously sweet wine.
Beer is a less common choice for drinking while enjoying a cigar, but the two can still be a great match. However, you should avoid American Lagers such as Budweiser, Miller, and Coors and instead opt for a craft beer. Like wine, choosing a beer and cigar combination depends on the flavors and ingredients of both.
Wheat beer tends to be smooth and fruity, so a lighter, more mild smoking experience would be best suited for an optimal pairing. Try a Casa de Garcia to accompany the sweeter flavor.
Dark beers such as stouts – an example being Guinness – need a similarly dark counterpart. A recommended cigar for this type of beer is the Partagas Black Label. If you enjoy a bitter, hoppy beer, full-bodied cigars are what you need in order to match the flavor.
If you’re not a fan of alcohol, don’t worry – there is an alternative option to enjoy while smoking a cigar. Coffee and cigars are a unique pairing, but an impeccable one; the spicy, earthy flavors of both the cigar and the coffee bean overlap and intertwine, offering a wonderful smoking experience. When it comes to pairing a specific coffee and cigar, the choice depends solely on the consumer: follow what your taste buds tell you.
While these suggestions can help guide your lounge experience, it’s up to you to test your taste buds to find the perfect match. Looking for a place to do just that? Try BLEND bar. Our servers are experienced and willing to help find you determine the right cigar and drink pairing.
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