Johnnie Walker Goes Platinum
Posted: August 30, 2013
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Note: Serve neat or with a bit of water, a sliver of ice if you must. Don’t even think of mixing this.
CIGAR PAIRING: Nat Sherman Timeless No. 2 (6 1/4 inches by 52 ring gauge, $8.00, 93 Points, February 2013 Cigar Aficionado—Top 25, No. 10). Nearly flawless in appearance, every puff of this torpedo is full of cedar and espresso flavors that play off of dark chocolate and nutmeg notes. The cigar's cocoa opens up another dimension on the whisky, which gains a dessert-like quality. The Johnnie Walker repays the favor by bringing out lighter sweetness on the No. 10, with honey and rich wheats. A bang-up pairing.
Romeo & Julieta (Cuba) Wide Churchill (5 1/8 inches by 55 ring gauge, £19.28, 93 Points, June 2013 Cigar Aficionado). The dark, oily appearance of this fat robusto hints at the hearty espresso and bittersweet chocolate notes that layer the palate with each puff. The smoke is dense and chewy. The inherent smoothness of the whisky gives a wonderful nuance to the cigar. The whisky blend seems to pop under the structure of the Romeo, revealing even bigger flavors of spice and graham cracker, and once again that dessert quality. Another excellent pairing.
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