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Pairing Cigars with Cask-Strength Whisky
Posted: August 10, 2012
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PALATE: In the mouth all that peat takes on the sea air of Islay and turns to candy with nuts, wood and pear and then moves on to licorice and a bit of cinnamon.
FINISH: The fruit on the palate lingers and repeats like a Howitzer.
CIGAR PAIRING: Felipe Gregorio Refusion F2 - With the smoke coming from the whisky the cigar loses some of it pop, while the whisky loses some of its peat character. Neutral pairing.
Montecristo Edmundo - Both elements seem to be helping the other with great balance. The fruity pear flavors of the Port Ellen start to pop and the cigar gets very leathery. An excellent give-and-take on what is already great stuff on its own.
Lagavulin 12 Year Old Special Release Bottled in 2010, Islay, (113 proof or 56.5 percent abv, $89)
APPEARANCE: Very light yellow color, fat, quick legs.
NOSE: The aroma has peat that speaks of toast and nuts, with some candy at the back end.
PALATE: The candy from the nose immediately jumps out, to be followed by toast, understated peat and the emblematic tars and sea breeze of Islay. A very well-balanced malt.
FINISH: That sweet and smoke interplay that informs the palate goes on and on.
CIGAR PAIRING: Felipe
Gregorio Refusion F2 - This cigar is overwhelmed and flattened out in
flavor by the whisky, which doesn’t suffer at the hands of the smoke.
Still it’s not a successful coupling.
Montecristo Edmundo - At this point, the cigar turns into a nutty candy bar, and the whisky softens its firm peat stance to release its sweet and fruity charms. Ding, ding, ding, this is the winner among the pairings.
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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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