FOHrensics Ep 2: Which drink pairs best with a cigar?


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My experience has been the only drink I can drink with any cigar is water. I have also experimented with Wines, Brandies, Cognacs, Rums, and Whiskeys. I am intrigued with the Anejo Tequilla pairings and will soon try that. 

My experience has me liking rye whiskey, Speyside and Highland scotches and white or gold rums with lighter bodied cigars. Non Cubans would be Sticks like Rocky Patel 55, or Romeo y Juliet Bully. For the Cuban varieties with these same drinks The first to come to mind is El Rey Del Mundo Choix Supreme, and I was surprised by this one, Hoyo de Monterey Epicure #2.

I could go through the bourbons and the rums and all the other liquors as I have tried with cigars here too or I can cut things short  and say Cigar flavor strength and liquor flavor strength can pair well and enhance the flavor of both! However for me most of the enjoyment comes from the experimenting and trying different pairings. 

So smoke em if you got em and thanks to whomever started this.

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Grab a cigar and your favourite drink...       

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So I decided to do my own experiment and see if it was just Orange Juice or if other Orange drinks or other Juices made a difference when smoking a cigar.  I paired it with a cigar I've smoked qu

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Great initial video. I didn't read every posting here but a decent dry champagne pairs incredibly well with cigars. Discovered that by accident one night and keep a few bottles around for that purpose. Otherwise, I don't really care for champagne all that much.

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If I really want to do a tasting and/or it's an aged/vintage cigar, water. Coffee w a morning smoke and beer for eve. smoked. That said, I always have water to rinse my pallet occasionally. 

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On 4/11/2019 at 9:32 PM, Psiman said:

Vintage Port of over 20 years would be better than the Muscat. Sauterne is also great. My favorite may be Jin Jun Mei Chinese black tea. Cigar and alcohol pairings I've done, none better than old vintage Ports. The complexity is ridiculous.  I would like to see a tea pairing contest on FOH

I have to agree. A good Chinese or Taiwanese tea, or coffee have always been my favorite pairing. I need to try OJ now. 


On 4/15/2019 at 6:54 PM, 99call said:

Yep, I'm surprised more FOH haven't cottoned on to how good high quality reposado and anejo tequila is with cigars.   I adore the Paloma cocktail

2x shots of Reposado Tequila

1x tablespoon of of Agavero liquer or Agave necter

Ice, and toped up with unsweetened Pink Grapefruit juice.  wedge of lime and squeeze of lime,  Sprig of Mint.   Salt rim optional

Lovely stuff. 

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Any chance you are from the states? I feel like a lot of times people forget how low quality most countries get. I'm sure supply chain is getting better to some places, but from other booze nerds in other countries I always hear about how difficult it is to get agave spirits when you aren't in the US or Mexico. 

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