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Cigars & Cocktails
Whiskey & Cocktails
For whiskey aficionados, one of the great pleasures in life is being able to pair a premium whisky and Scotch with a fine, hand-rolled cigar. The secret, of course, is being able to pair the right flavor and aroma profile of a cocktail with the right flavor and aroma profile of a cigar. Our Kingdom’s full-bodied cigar will generally pair well with a bolder whiskey, while a milder cigar can be overwhelmed by a powerful spirit. Since everyone’s pallet’s are different, the only thing that matters is finding a balance that works for you.
The stronger red wines get paired with the stronger cigars, and the milder smokes go with the lighter wines. wines with a sweeter taste may go well with Our Kingdom’s mild cigars while an earthier wine will require our full-bodied cigar. Pairing a white wine with a lighter cigar will ensure that the flavours do not overpower each other, allowing the delicious subtleties of each to shine through. Rose wine offers the drinker traits of both red and white wine, making it a beverage that can work with a wider range of cigars.‘like-with-like’ pairing rule, young wine should be drunk with newer cigars, and aged wines should be drunk with cigars that have been matured.
A major rule most cigar buffs adhere to involves the makeup of both the cigar and the whiskey. Think of it in terms of weight — is it a heavy, peaty Scotch you’re working with or a relatively light and floral summertime Scotch? Are we dealing with something medium-bodied and spicy like a rye bourbon?
For example, a classic medium-bodied cigar like a Romeo y Julieta 1875 does wonders alongside a pour of lighter to medium Scotch, such as The Balvenie 14-Year Caribbean Cask. In fact, most whiskies given the rum treatment — a trending maneuver right now that sees distillers age or finish their work in barrels once used for rum — do particularly well with cigars. It’s a Caribbean love affair that’s a blast to explore.
Red Wine and Cigars
Pairing cigars with red wine is typically the most popular pairing type for wine. Red wine tends to be aromatic and fuller in flavour, making it a good idea to pair with medium to full-bodied cigars.
Red wine can have slightly bitter notes present within each sip, which will complement the rich smokiness of your cigar.
With all pairings, matching or complementary flavours are necessary to make the two items work well together. When it comes to wine and cigars, finding flavours that complement can be easier than other pairings, as both should detail notes of their subtler flavours on their labels or descriptions.
For example, wines with a sweeter, cherry taste may work well with a cigar with hints of almond. An earthier wine will require a full-bodied, cigar with hints of pepper or leather to compete flavour-wise.