The question many people have asked us is, “What kind of whiskey or beer can I have with my cigar?”
If we knew the answer to that question, there would be no fun in exploring the possible combinations that exist. We have mentioned before that the preference is always up to you. There are many blends of drinks and cigars with many possibilities of good pairings.
What you want is a drink that compliments your cigar. You want a cigar and drink that bring out those hidden flavors in both. When one overwhelms the other the pairing is not good. What you want to tell yourself as you partake in your cigar and drink is, “I never new that flavor was ever in there.” or “I can taste the different flavors in my drink and cigar.”
Leave your mouth watering–you want to give your taste buds new flavors to enjoy. Then, and only then, did you have a good pairing.
Here are some suggestions we can give you before you go out and embark on your new love of cigars and drinks.
With so many whiskeys from different places in the world, how do we choose?
There is whiskey from Scotland, Ireland, England, Australia, and of course the United States–all with their own flavors from their specific homelands.
A whiskey from Scotland is done different than the whiskey from Australia. Even whiskeys from Scotland are different from other whiskeys from Scotland.
Whiskey makers have perfected whiskey making into an art form and cigars are no different.
Each cigar maker blends their leaves together to give them their distinct flavor. With some tobacco leaves coming from Cameroon, others from the Dominican Republic and some even hand made in Honduras for a special house style. A cigar is made by skilled cigar makers that have been rolling cigars for many years. It’s like a maestro leading his orchestra or an artist painting his masterpiece.
Like an aged whiskey that tastes better with age, so does a cigar. Age always brings sophistication to the taste. We recommend a medium blend cigar with different ranges of whiskeys. Make sure you try different whiskeys with different blends and taste. It’s okay to ask your barista for help.
My friend, and our barista here at John Dapper: Mr. Estrella, recommends asking the bartender for a whiskey sampler. They should be more than happy to help with this great endeavor and by the end of the night you should have a winning whiskey with your cigar.
The great thing about this experiment is that next time you can bring a different cigar so you can go through the process all over again.
Now we bring ourselves to cigars and beers. With craft beers growing in the United States, how can we not enjoy a great beer with a cigar?
We now have a great choice of beers that are packed with different flavors. One great beer that’s All-American and comes in different flavors is Samuel Adams.
Samuel Adams brings us seasonal beers with different characters of flavor in each beer. They have brought back the passion to brewing.
Sam Adams does for Americans on the east coast what Sierra Nevada does for Americans in the west coast.
Sierra Nevada is highly-procalimed by critics for their pale ale with it’s classic style, deep amber color, and full-bodied character–all which can go great with a cigar.
Make sure your beers have a strong character to be able to pair with a mild to strong cigar. Mild to strong cigars seem to go great with beers but ultimately it’s up to you to find the best fit.
Finding out which one is best for you should be fun and entertaining. Whether a professional or a novice, finding pleasure in your drinks and cigars is what this article is all about.
Men, like our drinks and cigars, are all different.