Pair Your Cigar To Your Drink
The first thing you need to do is know your palate. Once you’re set on your strength preference you can start experimenting with different pairings. Similarly to anything with flavor, it all comes down to your personal preference.
Think about it this way, a salty dish might be flavorful by itself. However, by adding a touch of citrus to it, you are basically creating a combination of flavors that will intrigue your palate and leave a memorable experience. Pairing cigars and drinks correctly can create the same experience.
Candela wrappers have a light-green wrapper with notes of grass and pepper. If you’re a beginner you might not want to start with these cigars due to their unique flavor. Although mild, Candela wrappers will match well with Rye Whiskey or even a Stout.
Almost exclusively synonymous with mild cigars. Connecticut wrappers have notes of cream, coffee, and hints of pepper. The flavor will vary depending on the aging process, yet it will remain mild.
Natural cigars will have almost the same notes as Connecticut wrappers, with the addition of earthy and spicy notes. A little stronger, but still can be handled by a beginner.
Oliva Connecticut Reserva
My Father Connecticut Robusto
Drew Estate Undercrown Shade
Cafe Latte or Cappuccino
Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon
Glenkinchie 12 years old scotch
Macallan Fine Oak 10 YR
Hardy xo cognac
Dogfish Head IPA
Pinot Noir or Zinfandel
Criollo wrappers have notes of nuts and cocoa. Although considered on the milder side of this group, they still have a bit of a peppery note.
Sumatra wrapper is more on the sweet side. It will also be considered somewhat mild. Because of its sweet notes, Sumatra cigars can go well with brandy and cognac.
A wrapper that is as dark as a Maduro wrapper which can be confused for a full-bodied cigar. Corojo cigars are right in the transition from medium to bold, hence the earthy, peppery, leathery notes they have. The Corojo cigars can easily be paired with some of the drinks in the Bold list.
Oliva Serie G Toro
Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Bellicoso
Rocky Patel Vintage
New World Puro Especial
Blond roast drip coffee, French press.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky
Angel’s Envy Bourbon
Crown Royal XR Blue Label
Gulden Draak Belgian beer
Merlot or Shiraz
Habano wrapper is definitely bold with hints of dark coffee and characterized by an intense spice. Drinks on the sweet side, like corn whiskey, might be too much of a contrast. However, Habano cigars pair great with drinks like espresso.
Maduro wrapper cigars are the most popular. It’s a full-bodied, dark brown leaf wrapper. Maduro cigars will have hints of sweetness due to the long aging process. Furthermore, Maduros has a variety of flavor notes to them such as cocoa, coffee, caramel, and pepper.
Also known as the double Maduro. Oscar wrapper is the darkest of them all. It is, obviously, similar to the Maduro in its notes and flavor profile. However, because Oscuro leaf aged for a longer period of time than Maduro, the flavor profile gets more intense.
Padron 1964 Anniversary Series
Oliva Serie V Maduro
Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9
Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic
Dark roast drip coffee, espresso, Turkish coffee or Moka Pot coffee
Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select
Papa’s Pilar Dark 24 Rum
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Cabernet or Malbec