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Pairing Cigars with Cask-Strength Whisky
Posted: August 10, 2012
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Auchroisk 20 Year Old Special Release Bottled in 2010, Speyside, (116 proof or 58 percent abv, $175)
APPEARANCE: Brassy color with slight green. Its tight legs are excruciatingly slow with big drops and thin tails like a lazy comet.
NOSE: Fruity aroma with honey and slight flowers.
PALATE: A peach and hard-candy quality is balanced with a certain weight and oily quality that speaks of nuts, wood, toast, cinnamon and a cigar-box cedar.
FINISH: Fruit hangs on forever in the after taste with savory bits of nut at the very end.
CIGAR PAIRING: Felipe Gregorio Refusion F2 - The cigar brings out chocolate, butterscotch and an aged Gouda flavor in the malt, which accentuates finer quality with no clash between. Another fine pairing.
Montecristo Edmundo - Here, the fuller-bodied cigar made the whisky tangier, squelching its fruit. The whisky made the cigar a bit nuttier, but all in all not a successful combination.
Port Ellen 28 Year Old Rare Edition Bottled in 2007, Islay, (107.8 proof or 53.8 percent abv, $299.99)
APPEARANCE: Light yellow color, slow fat legs.
NOSE: A big whiff of sweet smoke is followed by caramel and wood.
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Valley Beverage Co. — August 10, 2012 7:11pm ET
JACK BETTRIDGE — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, — August 13, 2012 10:24am ET
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