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Low Gap Whiskey’s French Connection

Jack Bettridge
Posted: June 28, 2013

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FINISH: The fruit returns on the long-lasting finish of a delicious pie.

CIGAR PAIRING: La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Valiente (6 1/4 inches by 60 ring gauge; $8.56; 91 Points
April 2013
Cigar Aficionado). Oily and attractive with an excellent draw and burn. It's full bodied with an array of spice flavors ranging from ginger and cinnamon to red and black pepper. A dried fruit note emerges on the finish. We chose this cigar with its fruit notes in mind, and it didn't disappoint. The two melded, escalating the pear and apple, and even bringing in a peach note. It becomes hard to tell when the whiskey or the La Flor is making or giving the donation, but in the end, who cares?

Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill (7 inches by 48 ring gauge; $10.50; 91 Points, June 2013 Cigar Aficionado) Flawlessly pressed with a richly colored wrapper, this large cigar is peppery and spicy before taking on a honey maple character, touches of cinnamon and a red wine finish. Tasty and bold. Spice is the focus of this pairing, as both light up with cinnamon, cloves and cinnamon that are more veiled when the two are enjoyed apart. The cigar's honey character also marries well with the Low Gap's implicit sweetness. Another seamless pairing.

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