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Pike Creek Flows to the United States

Jack Bettridge
Posted: May 17, 2013

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PALATE: Comes on very creamy and smooth, a coy introduction to what is a substantial flavor profile. First comes honey, before a fruity Port taste spreads out like jam. Once past the initial sugar, the spicy cinnamon charms settle in.

FINISH: As you ponder this whisky in the moments after it is gone, you get a better sense of how complex it is with sweetness and spice. And returning to the nose, you even get woody and hearty notes.

CIGAR PAIRING: Headley Grange Estupendo (5 1/2 inches by 52 ring gauge, 91 points, February 2013 Cigar Aficionado, Top 25). The cigar is medium to full in body, with rich coffee flavors as well as notes of almond and spice. With the notes of Port from the Pike Creek, it becomes sweeter and more complex, the whisky finding subtle charm, once hidden. The Headley seems to start at the bottom most notes of the whisky emerging to the surface as it reveals the ultimate depths of the Pike Creek.

Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Piramide (6 1/8 inches by 52 ring gauge, $7.50, 94 Points, February 2013 Cigar Aficionado, Top 25).

The Piramide from the Dominican Republic is a classic Cuban pyramid size. Each puff layers the palate with a brawny core of black and red pepper spice, savory leather flavor and sweet impressions of raisins and dried fruit-a truly balanced smoke that covers the sweet, salty and spicy spectrum with elegance and strength. The cigars makes the Pike Creek's body blossom with a great burst of savoriness. Against the Romeo's leather, it becomes full and round, a new whisky experience all together. The cigar shows off its fruity character more and becomes quite tangy. A very lively match up.

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