The Elegant Art of Cigar Pairing
Pairing cigars with beverages, whether they are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, is a cherished ritual that’s more than just matching flavors – it’s a dance of traditions, histories, and stories.
While wine enthusiasts meticulously match their wines with food, cigar connoisseurs pair their prized possessions with beverages to accentuate the flavors of the tobacco.
A bold espresso or a subtle chai latte can set the stage for a non-alcoholic pairing, offering contrasting or complementary backdrops for the cigar’s profile. These drinks, with their own nuanced tasting notes, can beautifully echo or offset the flavors embedded in tobacco, crafting a symphony for the senses.
On the alcoholic front, while whiskey often takes the spotlight, the richness of an aged rum, the smoky allure of a mezcal, or even the decadence of a deep port can provide equally intriguing partners to a cigar. Each drink, with its own tales and tastes, can transcend an ordinary smoke break to a divine moment of reflection and enjoyment.
The Spotlight Pairing: Farm Rolled with Glenfiddich 18-Year-Old
This month, we’re drawing your attention to a pairing that resonates with timeless elegance: the Farm Rolled cigar and the Glenfiddich 18-Year-Old single malt. This revered whiskey, a staple in luxury hotels and high-end bars worldwide, is matured in Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks, resulting in a luxuriously rich and intriguingly fruity flavor, with notes of baked apple, robust oak, and dried fruit.
When paired with a Farm Rolled cigar, brimming with flavors from the finest tobacco regions like the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Brazil, the Glenfiddich 18 complements the cigar’s earthiness while its fruity notes bring out the subtle undertones in the tobacco. The hints of baked apple in the whiskey find harmony in the spicy notes of our Farm Rolled cigars from Brazil’s Bahia region. This pairing is truly an indulgent journey, a story of aged perfection meeting artisanal craftsmanship.