To take your Cuban cigar smoking enjoyment to a whole another level, try having a glass of scotch with it. It’s one of the few hidden pleasures of life that all us cigar aficionados know about. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of being in the company of experienced Cuban cigar smokers, you probably noticed that most of them had a glass of scotch right next to the ashtray.
Whether you like your scotch neat (As most purists do) or with a little bit of water, it is the perfect add on to your Cuban cigar smoking experience. Now the selection of your scotch naturally varies on the kind of Cuban cigar you are smoking. Mild to medium Cuban cigars require a different type of scotch than Strong Cuban cigars which require somewhat stronger, peatier, or smokier brands of Scotch.
Let us try to give you a few examples:
One of our favorite scotch brands at the Vancouver cigar company is nothing creative, but a true, consistent staple during my cigar indulgences. The Glenfiddich 12 year is a nice mild single malt, that I find has an apple or pear flavor. This pairs nicely with a smoother, lighter cigar such as a Fonseca, preferably the Cosaco or No. 1. Our favorite cigars with Glenfiddich are the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2 or Double Corona.
These are a little fuller flavored than the Fonseca’s, but have a nice creaminess that compliments the Glenfiddich’s fruitiness. Other enjoyable scotches in this realm of flavor are Glenmorangie, and Glenlivet. Or as we like to call them, our “Glen buddies”.
For more of a medium flavor to pair with brands like Montecristo, Romeo Y Julieta, and some of the Cohiba’s we suggest you pick between two peatier scotches. Bruichladdich 12 year is a beautiful single malt that has similar fruitiness to Glenfiddich, but with that spice of peat to fill out the palate. For even a touch more fullness, the Lagavulin 16 year really matches the sharpness of the Romeo’s well. Currently, my preferred paring in this range of flavors is the Lagavulin with the EL Romeo Y Julieta Escudo 2007.
If full-flavor is what you’re looking for, another suggestion would be the Oban 14 year single malt, paired with the new Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios. The Genios’ attractive dark, oily wrapper adds a bit of spice to a cigar already packed with punch. The Oban matches this with a smokiness and a woodiness that can sometimes overwhelm your palate, in a good way. Another full-flavored pairing that should be experienced is a match between the Partagas Series D #4 or Series P #2 with the 10 year Laphroaig. This is the ultimate in smokiness. Laphroaig is strong, and so are the Partagas, be ready to relax and maybe get a head rush while enjoying this pairing.
These are some of our Cuban cigar and scotch pairing suggestions. Feel free to share yours too.