How to Pair Whiskey with Cigars

Pairing a high-quality whiskey with the complex flavours of a cigar can be an incredibly rewarding experience. The problem for many, is that choosing the right type of cigar and whiskey to pair can be a tough one – even an intimidating one.

Because they are respectively highly complex flavours, choosing the wrong whiskey and cigar to pair with one another can result in one overpowering the other, tarnishing what should have been a luxurious affair. Thus, choosing the right whiskey results in the flavours from the cigar being beautifully complemented, allowing for enjoyment to be increased tenfold.

How to determine a whiskey and cigar pairing

With a wide range of tobaccos and whiskeys on the market, it is first important to understand the intricacies of what you’ll be drinking and smoking. Whiskeys can have flavours that are vastly different depending on where they are produced and how they are made – this is made abundantly clear with a peaty scotch being wholly different to a sweeter Kentucky bourbon.

If you favour certain scotches, or dislike bourbon or Irish whiskey, this too may play a part in you deciding the right kind of cigar to smoke.

Determining the body of the pairing

When choosing the appropriate cigar to pair with a whiskey, the most important factor is to consider the body of the cigar or whiskey. In the case of the whiskey, body should not translate to the alcohol content of the whiskey itself, but the flavours that the whiskey boasts.

A lighter cigar works harmoniously with a whiskey that is lighter in body, such as some of the scotches produced in the lowlands of Scotland. A heavier, more robust cigar as a comparison works in unison with the heavier, peatier flavour profiles that are common in the Scottish Isles.

Start exploring the wonderful world of cigar and whiskey pairings!

A lot of pleasure and excitement comes from experimenting with cigar and whiskey combinations. Both light-bodied whiskeys and cigars can still vary hugely when it comes to flavour profile, so there is ample opportunity to find out for yourself what pairings create the most harmonious flavour profiles possible. If you want to try something else, try pairing your cigar with other brown spirits, such as rum or cognac, or even a craft beer!

If you’d like some personal pointers related to the range we maintain at Alexanders Cigar Merchants, Mr Cigarman would be happy to demonstrate some of his favourite flavour combinations – get in touch with today to find out what they are!

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