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Loki Single Malt Scotch Brings on the Mischief

Jack Bettridge
Posted: April 12, 2013

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PALATE: Then comes the change-as if someone dropped a ball of rich, hard candy on the tongue. Very fruity, but esoteric flavors-tangerine, mango, nectar, pears-rush to the fore. Then arrives a passing of honey before the spice entourage of licorice and ginger. That quickly transforms into something not quite peaty, but smoky and toasty.

FINISH: The finish is another hero. Going on and on and flashing between the spices and the nuanced fruit flavors. In one moment, you're convinced it's zesty. A while later, you'd swear it's made with sugar.

CIGAR PAIRING: Montecristo Epic Churchill (7 inches by 56 ring gauge, $15, 87 points, February 2013 Cigar Aficionado) A richly colored Churchill with an even burn and substantial draw. Though cedary and spicy, the smoke leaves an ashy aftertaste. However, in the presence of Loki, the ash vanishes or somehow turns to toast and honey. Sweetness awakens in the cigar. Then the whisky gets its own boost from the Montecristo, becoming heartier with graham cracker and nuts. Very productive pairing.

Camacho Corojo Maduro Churchill (7 inches by 48 ring gauge, $7, 87 points, June 2013 Cigar Aficionado) The wrapper of this large Churchill is covered in gnarly veins, though it draws well and burns evenly. This is a primarily woody cigar that becomes charry as it is smoked. Yet with Loki its chattier, more forthcoming, showing sweet fruits. The whisky becomes more smoky and toasty, while not peaty. A close second.


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Spence Harris April 15, 2013 3:16pm ET

An awesome paring with this scotch would be a cigar I came across in Virginia called the kanu by recluse cigars. Awesome stick!!


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