When two things come together to create something greater than themselves, this is called synergy. We could well call the relationship between rum and cigars ‘a synergy’ also. The smoke and alcohol combinations that can go together are endless. When faced with such a large task of choosing two to go together, it can be difficult to appreciate the subtleties.
This is why we here at UK Tobacco have put together a simple guide that anyone and everyone can appreciate and incorporate into their leisure time. Following this, you’ll be able to enjoy your smoke and glass to a much higher and refined degree. Your cigar-smoking buddies will be extremely impressed when you start explaining the intricacies of pairing cigars with whisky.
The cardinal rule is that you should begin by matching the body of smoke with the body of the beverage. As such, you guessed it, full-bodied cigars go splendidly with full-bodied whisky.
Balance the Cigar and Whisky
Milder cigars go better with lighter whiskies. If there is an imbalance between the elements, then you are at risk of drowning the subtler element out, it’s a rule that you can avoid many mistakes by discovering some fantastic unions. In spite of this kind of logic, there does come times where some brilliant pairing can come from opposites with wonderful chemistry.
That’s because one component in pairing is a component to flavour in the other. So, bitter notes or sour notes need some sweet and savoury flavours to temper them together. The latter can gain a great deal of worth from the former. When all of these taste constituents start to release and ping off one another, you should be able to work towards getting pure excellence.
We find this all throughout life and the various products we consume, be it salted caramel, snickers bars with their peanuts. Certain spirits really do excel in pairing – it doesn’t have to be whisky, however, it is true that they are all pretty much of the brown in colour variety.
Thicker Drinks Work Better
Brandies are always good, cognacs are an absolute classic, whiskies from all over the globe are outstanding. Rum can be a winner but can backfire on you. If you are into your wine, you should choose something thick, with a lot of structure. For example, fortified wine like Port or Vermouth can be brilliant. When you go to lighter stuff like Gin and Vodka, we’re not saying that it’s a bad match, it’s just that you aren’t going to get any fireworks.
Rest assured, you can find exactly the right cigars for your pairing on our website where we stock all manner of cigars. All shapes, sizes and styles to suit your palette. Explore our site today and find the right choice for you. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call for our specialist advice. We are only too happy to discuss all things tobacco for everyone from occasional smokers to connoisseurs.