How to Pair Cigars and Drinks
Still not sure which drink would complement your favorite cigar the best? Don't worry, you are not alone. Even the most experienced cigar lovers have questions about which spirits pair well with certain cigars. Here are some of our general tips on how you can find a good alcohol pairing the next time you light up a smoke.
First, try to think about the body or strength of the cigars you enjoy. Do you typically prefer light cigars or fuller-bodied ones? The general rule is the cigar's intensity level should match the drink you consume so that neither one overpowers the other. In other words, a full-bodied cigar should pair well with a strong, full-bodied drink. More specifically, you could probably pair a light-bodied cigar with wine or scotch without masking its flavor. You can also try pairing wheat bear with a lighter cigar. Overall, full-body cigars generally pair well with brown spirits like bourbon, brandy, cognac, whisky and rum since it also has a strong taste. Many cigar smokers avoid clear spirits like vodka or gin since it's easier for the cigar to overpower the alcohol.
Second, consider the flavor of the cigar. Cigars are known for their robust and complex flavors. Just like people pair wines with certain types of food, you should think about how your drink will compliment the cigar's flavor profile. A good pairing should enhance different notes and flavors in both the cigar and drink.
Your taste buds will be your ultimate guide as you experiment with trying to combine different drinks and cigars. Although it may take some trial and error before you find a pairing you love, it's well worth it! A good drink can take your smoking experience to another level.
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