Macanudo and Scotch Pairings
General Cigar is one of the world’s biggest producers of premium cigars. When an aficionado thinks of General Cigar, there are many top brands that come to mind, yet there is one seen as their magnum opus (no, not the Opus X). Macanudo has become one of America’s favorite premium cigars and for good reason: it is flavorful, well constructed, and available in several different lines to appeal to various palates.
Often, a favorite pastime of cigar smokers is pairing their smoke of choice with a fine Scotch. With the enormous variety of Macanudos, each with its own flavor profile, there are many different Scotches to be considered. Let us see which Macanudo would pair with which delicious Scotch whiskey.
1. Macanudo & Glenkinchie 10 Year Old: The original Macanudo is one of the world’s highest-rated mild cigars. It features a terrific blend of vintage Dominican long filler and tobaccos from the Tuxtla Valley of Mexico. This, combined with a luscious Connecticut shade wrapper, makes this smoke smooth, creamy, light, and a great choice to enjoy with a Lowland Scotch, particularly Glenkinchie, a mild whiskey with a light color and delicious grassy undertones.
2. Macanudo Maduro & The Glenlivet 15 Year Old: If you like the mild and smooth body of the original Macanudo, but are looking for something richer and sweeter, Macanudo Maduro is the one for you. Its blend consists of vintage Mexican and Dominican tobaccos covered by a dark, lush Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. Try it out with The Glenlivet 15-year-old, an equally rich and sweet single malt from Speyside.
3. Macanudo Robust & Monkey Shoulder: One of the lesser-known Macanudo lines, Macanudo Robust is a complex medium-bodied smoke with a Connecticut wrapper surrounding filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Complex, flavorful, and one of the best-kept secrets of the Scotch world is Monkey Shoulder, a medium blend of whiskeys from three different distilleries, featuring hints of vanilla and spicy oak.
Nothing brings me more joy than indulging in a fine cigar accompanied by a well-made Scotch, two products that rely heavily on flavors, quality, and above all, time. This has been part one of our Macanudo and Scotch pairings; check back soon to see how the other Macanudos match up with the world’s finest Scotch whiskeys.