Arturo Fuente Don Carlos

Enjoy These Four Cigar And Bourbon Pairings This Spring

 

UPDATE (7/18/16): 

A new website has launched to help YOU pair your favorite spirit with a fine cigar. Check out the Cigar and Spirit Pairing Guide!
 
Bourbon pairings are something we thoroughly enjoy. Whether it’s pairing with entrees, desserts, sporting events, holidays, or even…other bourbons. One area we haven’t touched on is pairing bourbon with cigars. Many cigar aficionados also have a palate for fine spirits, especially whiskey. At Chicago Bourbon we are admittedly cigar novices and for this article enlisted the guidance of our friend John Bloss, “JB”. He is an avid cigar smoker, golfer, loan officer, and whiskey drinker. JB sat down with his mental cigar inventory and walked us through four diverse cigars which we paired with four equally diverse bourbons.

 

Macanudo Cafe
The Macanudo Cafe

 

Macanudo Café

Wrapper – Dom Republic
Binder – Dom Republic
Filler – Mexico

JB’s Notes – “Mild any time of day cigar. If it’s not too early for Bourbon, it’s not too early for a Macanudo.”

 

Weller Collection
The Wheated Weller Collection

 

Bourbon – As a mild cigar this Macanudo begs to be paired with a sweeter, smoother, medium proof bourbon. A wheater such as the Weller 12 year, Special Reserve, or Antique is a great place to start. These picks don’t have the heat and spice of a rye and won’t overpower a mild cigar such as this Macanudo. They are a bit sweeter and go down smooth served neat in your glassware of choice.

 

(Read more about our take on glassware, click here)

 

Davidoff Millennium
The Davidoff Millennium

 

Davidoff Millennium

Wrapper – Ecuador
Binder – Dom Republic
Filler – Dom Republic

JB’s Notes – “Great afternoon cigar. One of the best medium bodied cigars available.”

 

Four Roses & Old Scout
Four Roses & Old Scout

 

Bourbon – Being one of the best in its class this cigar deserves an equally well regarded bourbon. Four Roses Single Barrel comes to mind. Complex yet not overpowering this bourbon pairs nicely neat or with a little water. (Though my mouth watering usually provides enough). Another excellent option is the Smooth Ambler Old Scout. Depending on the barrel pick this bourbon can take on different profiles but always comes out complex and enjoyable. It’s possible to find a somewhat lighter Old Scout hand pick or a spicier variety. This gives you the option to pick a bourbon that stands on either side of this cigar.

 

 

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos
The Arturo Fuente Don Carlos

 

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos

Wrapper – Cameroon
Binder – Dom Republic
Filler – Dom Republic

JB’s Notes – “Medium to full bodied cigar. Best after dinner.”

 

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

 

Bourbon – With this fuller bodied cigar you’ll want a bourbon that holds its own. Something complex and multifaceted like the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked holds up well to this Arturo Fuente. The Double Oaked won’t overpower the cigar with too much heat and instead brings the complexity of the second aging cycle to both complement this cigar and provide your after dinner bourbon fix.

 

 

Arturo Fuente Opus X
The Arturo Fuente Opus X

 

Arturo Fuente Opus X

Wrapper – Dom Republic
Binder – Dom Republic
Filler – Dom Republic

JB’s Notes – “Full bodied times 2. An after dinner cigar, do not smoke on an empty stomach.”

 

Jefferson's Ocean Aged at Sea Cask Strength
Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea Cask Strength

 

Bourbon – A lighter bourbon would be easily drowned out by this heavy hitting cigar. Here we look to Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea Voyage 7 Cask Strength. This bourbon packs some heat coming straight from the barrel at just over 110 proof. It also brings a very unique profile of caramel and brine due to the aging conditions. We usually drink this one with a bit of water to bring out more of the sweet caramel. In this case you might try it at full strength with the Opus X before the water.

 

If you enjoyed any of these pairings, have any questions or comments for JB, or would like to add any of your own pairings please let us know in the comments below. We would like to thank JB for sharing his cigar knowledge for this article.

 

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