Pairing Cigars & Alcohol
The “cigar pairing” is an art in its own right, it consists in questioning the optimal adequacy between 2 completely different products. Like the sommelier who searches for the perfect wine to accompany your dish, “cigar pairing” with alcohol is about seeking a union between 2 universes where complex aromatic palettes and power reign.
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Can you dip your cigar in Rum or Cognac?
There is a rumor that to increase the intensity of the aromatic panel of a cigar and, at the same time, to further humidify it, it is soaked in cognac or rum. In reality, this is a misconception which is unfortunately widespread among novices. The following lines are a small update on this practice which is much more likely to damage cigars than to improve their organoleptic qualities.
This method was common during the time when cigar humidors were difficult to access, in particular because of their price, while humidifiers and hygrometers were not yet fully developed. Smokers sprayed their cigars with cognac or rum before storing them to let them age. When asked why they practice this practice, they often say that it is to hydrate the cigar better, to give it a better humidity. With all of the cigar preservation techniques available today, it has become unnecessary to imbibe them. On the contrary, this approach risks damaging them.
A large number of beginners, and even sometimes some experienced smokers, think wrongly that by moistening their rum or cognac cigars, they will obtain pieces rich in aromas. They have fun plunging the cigar into the glass of alcohol before tasting. First bad surprise: the ignition becomes difficult which is completely normal, because the tobacco is completely wet! Second bad surprise: once the cigar is lit, smokers do not feel any of the aromas present in the alcohol used! Worse, the aromatic panel that characterizes the cigar has lost in intensity. In other words, the opposite of the expected effect has taken place. Suffice to say, the disappointment is there! Fortunately, a disappointing first experience discourages many from repeating the exercise.
Rather than steeping a cigar with rum or cognac, it makes more sense to smoke your cigar while sipping a glass of these alcohols. Their aromas will merge on the palate, giving the smoker’s palate a tasty experience. The tasting will only be better, because this ritual allows you to simultaneously appreciate the flavors and scents of both the cigar and the alcohol. And in many cases, the two aromatic panels blend harmoniously. Finally, there are cigars on the market specially designed to exude a taste of rum or cognac. It is better to acquire them if one wishes to take advantage of the aromas of these alcohols on a cigar.
This technique is recommended for all those who intend to enrich the range of aromas of cigars whose taste and especially the aromas are light. It consists of working on the cigar humidor rather than on the cigars themselves. Thus, there is no risk of damaging them, because the tobacco leaves are not soaked in alcohol. If generally the preparation of the cellar consists of brushing its interior with water, in this process, it is with wine or whiskey that the brushing is carried out. Then pour some alcohol into the humidifier. We finalize by placing the cigars in the cigar cellar. After a few days, we move on to tasting. Very important, you choose a cigar humidor that you are sure to never reuse, because it is practically impossible to get rid of the smell of wine or whiskey.
A cigar displays all its aromatic richness and complexity when it is smoked naturally. And, to ensure its good conservation, it is necessary to let it age in a good quality cigar cellar. It is completely futile to dip it in cognac or rum.
In the same vein, we sometimes hear certain wine “amateurs” say that it is preferable to pour a small amount of port in their carafe before pouring their wine there so that the wine appears more oxidized on the nose, the Port bringing it its aromas of evolution.
Knowing that for years winegrowers have liked to express the aromas of the terroirs on which they cultivate their vines by proudly displaying the name of the village or plot where the vines are located, do you think that distort the taste of a wine originally from Burgundy or Bordeaux by mixing it with another Port wine could be beneficial for its aromas and identity?
Pairing Cigare + Alcool 01
Punch Short de Punch : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1991 ou Arcane Extraroma Grand Amber Rhum 12 ans.
Pairing Cigare + Alcool 02
Partagas Série D No. 4 SBN (25) : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1978 ou The Alpinist White Port 8 yo Single Cask Rum
Pairing Cigare + Alcool 03
Romeo Y Julieta Wide Churchills (25) : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1984 ou Ron Zacapa XO Solera Reserva Especial.
Pairing Cigare + Alcool 04
H. Upmann Half Corona (25) : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1998 ou J.M Single Barrel Très Vieux Rhum Agricole 19 ans.
Pairing Cigare + Alcool 05
Montecristo LÍnea 1935 Maltés (20) : Malecon Rum 18 ans Reserva Imperial ou Edmundo Dantes Produccion Limitada 15 ans.
Pairing Cigare + Alcool 06
Trinidad Reyes SBN (24) : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1971 ou Plantation Barbados Rum 20th Anniversary Extra Old.
Pairing Cigare + Alcool 07
Trinidad Vigia SBN (12) : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1969 ou Rivière du Mât Millésime 2004.
Pairing Cigare + Alcool 08
Partagas Lusitanias (25) : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1982 ou Rhum Bielle brut de fût Millésime 2007.
Pairing Cigare + Alcool 09
Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure No. 2 SLB (25) : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1993 ou J.M Millésime 2006 10 ans Numérotée.
Pairing Cigare + Alcool 10
Bolivar Libertador LCDH (10) : Bas Armagnac Delord Hors d’âge ou J.M Millésime 2000 15 ans.
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