Cigar & Alcohol Pairing

Cigar pairing is an art in its own right, it consists in finding the optimal match between two totally different products. Like the sommelier who looks for the perfect wine to accompany your dish, cigar pairing with alcohol means seeking a union between two worlds where complex aromatic palettes and power reign.

Here are some suggestions…

Can you dip your cigar in Rum or Cognac?

The rumour

There is a rumour that in order to increase the intensity of a cigar’s aromatic panel and, at the same time, to moisten it more, one dips it in cognac or rum. In reality, this is a misconception that is unfortunately widespread among novices. The following is a brief clarification of this practice, which is much more likely to damage cigars than to improve their organoleptic qualities.

Need for humidity

This method was common at a time when humidors were not easily accessible, particularly because of their price, while humidifiers and hygrometers had not yet been fully developed. Smokers sprinkled cognac or rum over their cigars before storing them to age. When asked why they did this, they often replied that it was to hydrate the cigar better, to give it a better moisture content. With all the cigar conservation techniques available today, there is no longer any need to soak cigars in alcohol. On the contrary, this approach risks damaging them.

The desire to flavour: the wrong step

Many beginners, and sometimes even some experienced smokers, mistakenly think that by moistening their cigars with rum or cognac, they will obtain pieces rich in flavour. They then have fun dipping the cigar into the glass of alcohol before tasting. First bad surprise: the lighting becomes difficult, which is quite normal, because the tobacco is completely wet! Second bad surprise: once the cigar is lit, smokers do not feel any of the aromas present in the alcohol used! Worse still, the aromatic panel that characterises the cigar has lost its intensity. In other words, it is the opposite of the expected effect that has occurred. I might as well say it, disappointment is the order of the day! Fortunately, a disappointing first experience dissuades many from repeating the exercise.

Tasting method

Rather than impregnating a cigar with rum or cognac, it is wiser to smoke your cigar while sipping a glass of these spirits. Their aromas will merge in the mouth, offering the smoker a tasty experience. The tasting experience will be even better, as this ritual allows you to appreciate the flavours and scents of both the cigar and the alcohol simultaneously. And in many cases, the two aromatic panels blend harmoniously. Finally, there are cigars on the market that are specially designed to give off a rum or cognac flavour. It is best to buy these if you want to take advantage of the aromas of these spirits in a cigar.

Moisture provided by wine or whisky

This technique is recommended for anyone who wants to enrich the range of aromas in cigars with a light taste and, above all, light aromas. It consists of working on the humidor rather than on the cigars themselves. This way, there is no risk of damaging them, as the tobacco leaves are not soaked in alcohol. While the usual preparation of the humidor consists of brushing the inside with water, in this process, the brushing is done with wine or whisky. Then a little alcohol is poured into the humidor. The final step is to place the cigars in the humidor. After a few days, the cigars are tasted. It is very important to choose a humidor that you are sure not to use again, as it is practically impossible to get rid of the smell of wine or whisky.

The final words

A cigar unfolds its full aromatic richness and complexity when smoked au naturel. And to ensure its proper preservation, it is necessary to let it age in a good quality humidor. It is totally futile to soak it in cognac or rum.

In the same vein, we sometimes hear some wine “connoisseurs” say that it is preferable to pour a small quantity of port into their decanter before pouring in their wine so that the wine appears more oxidised to the nose, the port bringing its evolutionary aromas.
Knowing that for years winemakers have liked to express the aromas of the terroirs on which they grow their vines by proudly displaying the appellation name of the village or plot where the vines are located, do you think that distorting the taste of a wine from Burgundy or Bordeaux by mixing it with another Port wine could be beneficial for its aromas and identity?

Cigar PAIRING + Alcool 01

Punch Short de Punch : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1991 ou Arcane Extraroma Grand Amber Rhum 12 ans.

CHF 138.00

Boîte de 10 cigares.

Médailles d'Argent + Bronze
CHF 100.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

CHF 75.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.


Cigar PAIRING + Alcool 02

Partagas Série D No. 4 SBN (25) : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1978 ou The Alpinist White Port 8 yo Single Cask Rum

-23%
CHF 417.50 CHF 320.00

Boîte de 25 cigares.

Médaille d'Or
CHF 130.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

CHF 115.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.


Cigar PAIRING + Alcool 03

Romeo Y Julieta Wide Churchills (25) : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1984 ou Ron Zacapa XO Solera Reserva Especial.

Out of stock
CHF 435.00

Boîte de 25 cigares.

Médaille d'Or
CHF 115.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

CHF 150.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

Cigar PAIRING + Alcool 04

H. Upmann Half Corona (25) : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1998 ou J.M Single Barrel Très Vieux Rhum Agricole 19 ans.

-8%
CHF 152.50 CHF 141.05

Boîte de 25 cigares.

CHF 90.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

Out of stock
CHF 160.00

1 bouteille de 50cl.

Cigar PAIRING + Alcool 05

Montecristo LÍnea 1935 Maltés (20) : Malecon Rum 18 ans Reserva Imperial ou Edmundo Dantes Produccion Limitada 15 ans.

CHF 590.00

Les cigares Montecristo LÍnea 1935 Maltés (20) se distinguent par leur belle cape couleur caramel et par leur goût plein et fort.

CHF 80.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

Out of stock
CHF 135.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

Cigar PAIRING + Alcool 06

Trinidad Reyes SBN (24) : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1971 ou Plantation Barbados Rum 20th Anniversary Extra Old.

CHF 302.40

Petit Corona corsé et poivré excellente combustion et bon équilibre.

CHF 195.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

CHF 90.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

Cigar PAIRING + Alcool 07

Trinidad Vigia SBN (12) : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1969 ou Rivière du Mât Millésime 2004.

CHF 252.00

Boîte de 12 cigares.

CHF 380.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

Médaille de Bronze
CHF 110.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

Cigar PAIRING + Alcool 08

Partagas Lusitanias (25) : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1982 ou Rhum Bielle brut de fût Millésime 2007.

CHF 675.00

Boîte de 25 cigares.

Médaille d'Or
CHF 115.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

Médaille d'or
Out of stock
CHF 145.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

Cigar PAIRING + Alcool 09

Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure No. 2 SLB (25) : Bas Armagnac Delord Récolte 1993 ou J.M Millésime 2006 10 ans Numérotée.

CHF 412.50

Boîte de 25 cigares.

CHF 95.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

CHF 160.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

Cigar PAIRING + Alcool 10

Bolivar Libertador LCDH (10) : Bas Armagnac Delord Hors d’âge ou J.M Millésime 2000 15 ans.

Out of stock
CHF 340.00

Boîte de 10 cigares.

CHF 135.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

Out of stock
CHF 250.00

1 bouteille de 70cl.

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