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Cigar and liquor pairings
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I really don't know much about cigars because I've never been much of a smoker. Are there any guys who have been smoking high quality cigars and experimenting what kind of liquor they go best with? I know the stereotype is that "successful" guys are supposed to drink scotch and smoke Cubans, but I'm curious to see if anyone has ideas that include gin, rum, tequila, etc. not really a big scotch fan.

Here's the first result on Google, but obviously these articles are written for guys who probably don't know any better. http://liquor.com/articles/cigar-bar/
02-13-2014 12:22 AM
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Cuban cigars and cuban rum are natural to each other. Dont overthink it. Zacapa rum can work well too.

I dont care for scotch and cigars, give me nasty hangovers and a lingering aftertaste that I dont enjoy...

Port and cigars, OTOH can be quite a treat. 1977 Warres and a nice Montecristo are a treat. They do play off each other nicely.

Tequila and cigars are just a bad idea for me. Gives me all kinds of ideas.
02-13-2014 12:53 AM
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Always enjoy a Café Crème cigarillo and a michelada. Outdoors.
02-13-2014 01:25 AM
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Cohiba's with Hennessy XO!


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Personally, I'm a big fan of Cuban cigars paired with a French Sauternes since most spirits seem to overpower the subtleties of a good cigars.
02-13-2014 08:32 AM
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Tonight I had these little NEOS filtered cigars with some Bombay gin. http://www.thompsoncigar.com/product/NEO...eCode=4325

Bombay gin tastes great with some basic tonic water and lime you can get from a grocery store. The NEOS cigars are mild and have various flavors in vanilla, chocolate, etc.

I'm not talking about Bombay sapphire, but the original dry gin.

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02-13-2014 10:46 PM
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I like Scotch and Cigars...especially the Islay heavy peat-smoked Whisky like Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin. But single malt has both gotten so expensive in the past 5 years, I only save 'em for special occasions.

That being said, if Scotch is not your thing, give mid-shelf/top-shelf Bourbon a try.

I especially like 4Roses yellow label, small batch and single barrel expressions,

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For some reason, 4Roses seems to really go well on my palate with good mid-range cigars, like Romeo Y Julieta, Padron, Tatuaje and Partagas.
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Tequila and cigars are just a bad idea for me. Gives me all kinds of ideas.

Tequila and cigars go great together too...as long as it's 100% Puro de Agave, not Mixto crap.

Here's my fav brand (1/4 the cost of Patron, and tastes better to boot) that usually goes for under $15 a bottle:

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Both the Blanco and Reposado are on the naturally sweeter side of tequila, because their Agave is grown in the highest Agave fields in Jalisco, and the altitude supposedly makes for a sweeter, smoother, less spicy Agave plant.

While I also like spicier tequila's like El Jimador and Cazadores, for the money and flavor, I think Familia de Camarena is one of the best deals out there for ANY spirit. When it goes on sale for $12 a bottle, I'll usually buy 4 at a time.
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One thing I learned from bitter experience--never pair Cigars and Bailey's Irish cream. Bad combo.

Favorite combo Romeo Y Julieta Vintage #5 and Hennessy XO. For about an hour or so you drift into a very relaxed state, where life slows down and seems less chaotic. Great experience.

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RE: Cigar and liquor pairings
One thing I learned from bitter experience--never pair Cigars and Bailey's Irish cream.

Gag. Bailey's is a dessert/cocktail mixer. I'll take your word for it... lol

Another thing about that Camarena tequila, I've found it to be the best "rehab" tequila out there...getting people to actually try it who are adamant that they HATE tequila, because they've had vile hangovers from the cheap mixto shit like Jose Cuervo and Sauza.

I've heard this one every single time: "Hey...that's actually GOOD!"

Last time I had some with a cigar, I was smoking a Padron 3000. They went very well together.
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I'll be giving this combo a try soon

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Cognac is the way to go IMO, the more expensive, the better.

I used to blow serious cash on cognac but not so much these days. In my experience, it's worth spending at least $100 on a bottle, and it goes way up from there. I honestly wouldn't settle for anything less, especially to pair with a cigar. I've simply never experienced the nuance and smoothness in cognacs under $100 that you get with the cognacs that are $100 and over.

Look for Raugnaud Sabourin, Guillon Painturaud and Tesseron.

There's nothing wrong with Remy, Hennesy, Martel, and Courvoisier, but it's good to expand your horizons to lesser-known producers.

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02-14-2014 02:08 PM
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A Black and Mild and an Olde English 40 oz
02-14-2014 04:14 PM
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If you don't like scotch, I doubt you'd enjoy a cigar with cognac (btw: the world of scotch is pretty diverse. I'm confident that if you tried something light like Glenmorangie and worked your way up to an Islay, like Laphroiag, you'd find something that you'd like).

Instead of a liquor to pair your cigar, you might want to look into different beers. A heavy stout for your Cuban or Nicaraguan; or lager with a Dominican.
02-16-2014 02:16 AM
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(02-14-2014 04:14 PM)hoops330 Wrote:  A Black and Mild and an Olde English 40 oz

I just had a Black and Mild and some Natty. They're actually my favorite low end cigars. They taste better than a lot of the ones in the $4-7 range.
02-20-2014 10:31 PM
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Dude, I only roll with either a cigar or Black & Mild wine flavored. I'll drink Vodka (preferably Absolut) along since I like Vodka. Wherever I go, people get impressed that I smoke Cigars or Black & Mild. Best thing to show style with, without spending a shitload of money. Another thing of style is your lighter. A good Zippo Lighter will do in this regard.
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For me its Camacho (yellow wrapper) with Hennesy VS or VSOP. I smoke @ cigar shops, so the booze goes quickly. Its not a spot you bring your $100+ bottle as its gonna dissapear in 15 mins.

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I like counterbalancing the heat and texture of the cigar smoke with a smooth liqueur like Drambuie, Benedictine, or Grand Manier Blue Label.
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RE: Cigar and liquor pairings
I know you said liquor pairings but I'd throw out there that some good coffee or espresso and cigars are a great combo. As I type this I'm wondering how Kahlua would go with a cigar...
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Montecristo white series torpedo with remmy martin x.o on the rocks.
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(01-02-2015 02:42 AM)SDGuerro Wrote:  I know you said liquor pairings but I'd throw out there that some good coffee or espresso and cigars are a great combo. As I type this I'm wondering how Kahlua would go with a cigar...

I think straight Kahlua is a little too much like Irish Cream. Perhaps mixing the Kahlua with some Cuban rum (is there a name for this drink?) might make it a little dryer and less cloying.
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