Wine, cognac, whiskey? Cigar and drink pairings have long been a form of art for many fans of the true Cuban taste and there are many drinks that can complement the taste of the cigars in the ultimate aroma dance. It is a true sensory experience that every cigar fan must try but you must remember that it is a great deal of subjectivity. Even so, there are some specific drinks that managed to become staple drinks when it comes to drink and cigar pairings.
This specific spirit has multiple variations, but the ground flavor is definitely delicious. It can be served plain, with ice or even in some cocktails. Given the aging process and the structure of the taste, it can be easily paired with a medium to full-bodied cigar like Romeo y Julieta Churchills. These cigars will manage to embrace the bitterness of the whiskey in a perfect dance of flavors and the elegance of this pairing is truly notorious among connoisseurs.
Rum is a very interesting spirit and has a very complex taste. Based on the aging time, rum tends to have a color range that goes from transparent to deep amber. It is a very versatile drink that can be consumed as it is or in cocktails. But no matter the age, rum is best paired with a medium to full-bodied cigar like a Partagas thanks to the fact that these specific cigars have a very subtle aroma bouquet that will balance the sweetness and structure of the rum perfectly. The younger rums can also be paired with aromatic cigars and even some light-bodied ones, making an amazing taste combination.
No matter if it is red, white, sweet or dry, wine is an excellent choice for cigar pairings. The lower level of alcohol in comparison with the spirits can be very valuable in terms of the taste balance. White wines tend to work perfectly with light-bodied cigars thanks to the fact that they manage to balance the acidity and fruity finish perfectly. Red wines tend to work with medium to full-bodied cigars because they both have a more structured taste. Sweet wines are best combined with cigars that display fruity and floral notes while dry wines are best combined with the deeper flavors like leather, earth, and even wood. The age of the wine is also important, old wines being perfect for full-bodied cigars while younger wines work extremely fine with younger cigars that have a higher level of acidity.
Smooth, delicious and classy, cognac is an excellent choice for any cigar that can be loved by many, and this is why it is one of the best choices for cigar pairings. The age of the cognac can be a very important factor in this process because the older it gets, the more intense the flavor. However, as a general piece of advice, old cognacs work perfectly with Maduro cigars that usually display a full taste while the younger cognacs are best paired with medium to full-bodied cigars.
There are countless cocktail recipes in the world and besides the classic ones like Old Fashioned and Orange Campari; there are many bars that create their own recipes. Even so, cocktails can be an excellent choice for a cigar. The best spirits that can work for cigar pairings are tequila, rum, and whiskey. Some spirits that we wouldn’t recommend are gin and vodka because their base flavors can’t be complementary to the flavor of the cigar.
Based on this information you can choose from a multitude of cocktails that are found out there, some of them being truly amazing. As we said before, it is a subjective experience and it can depend from person to person.
Drinks and cigars can be an amazing combination and it is definitely a must-try for any drink and cigar fan.