Best American Whiskey/Bourbon and Cigar Pairing

July 27, 2015

Gentleman Jack and an Ashton Estate Sun Grown 23 Year- This pairing shows that things get better with age.  The Gentleman Jack is aged passed the normal amount of Jack Daniels and makes it great for cigar pairing.  This additional “mellowing” gives it s full bodied yet smooth taste with hints of spice and fruit.  This perfect sized Ashton ESG uses a rare aged Sun Grown wrapper that is spicy and flavorful, yet has the characteristics of silk.  The smoke billows out like a cloud.

 

Pappy Van Winkle 15 Family Reserve and J.D. Howard Reserve HR50- The holy grail of bourbons, the Pappy 15 is a real treat.  It’s dark and rich, with delicious hints of brown sugar, vanilla, and wood.  The Crowned Heads J.D. Howard, uses a Brazilian maduro wrapper, also giving it a dark rich flavor profile with blasts of natural sweetness.  This pair may be bold, but is also beautiful.

 

Knob Creek Smoked Maple and a Kentucky Fire Cured Fat Molly- It doesn’t get more homegrown then these two.  This Knob Creek Smoked Maple is the epitome of Kentucky bourbon.  It’s full-bodied with a slight maple and hickory taste and a great bold smoky undertone.  What could go better with smoky Kentucky bourbon than a smoky Kentucky cigar?  This beauty from Drew Estate uses sweet burley tobacco and has a fantastic smoked hickory flavor to it.

 

Makers Mark and a Davidoff Classic No. 1- Makers Mark has the reputation of being one of the smoothest bourbons on the market.  Its smooth and sweet with a slight oak finish.  The mild Dominican Davidoff Classic is like silk with a hint of cedar and cream.   This long thin size will burn long and optimize the flavor.  A great match for the connoisseur!

 

High West Campfire and an Oliva Cain Daytona Corona– If you are lucky enough to find this unique whiskey from Utah, buy all that you can.  The campfire is a delicious and complex mix of straight rye, straight bourbon, and a blended scotch.  It starts of sweet from the bourbon, then becomes spicy from the rye and ends with a peat/smoke flavor from the scotch.  The Cain Daytona is a flavor machine that changes over the course of the cigar from peppery, to sweet and spicy and then finally rich and smoky with a hint of coffee.  This is an unique but unbelievable match up.

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