The rest of the founders and I are willing to put in the time and effort to bring you the most up-to-date and informative content possible—even if that means sitting down to pair up a vast array of cigars and Scotches to find the perfect partners, well, by God, we will power through it! Scotch and cigars go together like…pigs in a blanket at a wedding (yes, I am that classy). Seeing as I am a born Scotch drinker, this article was fun to work on, yet difficult because of the variety and options. Well after many days of “research,” here is what we came up with.
Bowmore 12 Year Old Scotch + Arturo Fuente Sun Grown King T Rosado
Coming out of the prestigious Islay region of Scotland, Bowmore 12 is known for its medium level of “peatiness” and wonderful array of flavors including a great blast of pepper accompanied by a beautiful malted sweetness and even a dash of fruit before a smooth, smoky finish. While pairing it with several different smokes, I noticed it had a terrific chemistry with the Fuente King T Rosado, which has a sun-grown wrapper that gives the smoke a distinctly sweet-and-spicy flavor while its Dominican tobaccos provide a solid medium body and smoky aroma.
Aberlour 12 Year Old & Warped Maestro del Tiempo 5205
With this delicious Scotch from Speyside, one flavor characteristic kept coming to mind: its wonderful mix of sweetness and spice. It is also rich in creamy-coffee character with a subtle cinnamon note underneath that develops before its terrifically clean finish, complete with another dash of spice. By chance, the first cigar I paired with this worked the best—the limited-edition Warped Maestro del Tiempo (master of time). which effortlessly blends notes of espresso, cream, and almonds with an undeniably balanced and subtle note of spicy cinnamon. This pairing reminded me of one hell of an awesome Christmas!
Johnny Walker Blue Label & Ashton Estate Sungrown 22 Year Salute
Johnnie Walker Blue is seen by many as one of the world’s finest Scotches. While I don’t completely agree, I will say it is one of the world’s best blended Scotches, and a perfect representation of all three styles of single malt combined into one bottle. Sweet, spicy, and smooth with age, it features a slight smoky peat note on the finishing sip. As the epitome of a balanced and classy Scotch, it naturally paired perfectly well with an equally balanced and classy cigar: the Ashton ESG. Despite not having the reputation and popularity of the VSG, the ESG is an amazing cigar that has even been aged considerably longer for all the rich intense flavor of the VSG, but in a mellower, smoother style that is lush and creamy with a flavor profile featuring notes of nuts and leather, plus a dash of spice. This is a great pairing for the sophisticated connoisseur…or even just the dude who likes nice things.
Lagavulin 16 Years Old & Davidoff Escurio Petit Robusto
This pairing is all about power mixed with class—think of it like a Bentley Continental paired with a Bugatti. First, you have the Lagavulin 16, the whiskey for the real man’s man. Definitely not for the beginner but a must-have for the devoted Scotch drinker, it is a true representation of the Islay region of Scotland: strong and smoky with a rich peaty aroma (and when I say rich, I mean I can smell across the room if a bottle is opened). Along with it, I lit up the Davidoff Escurio; with the first puff I knew this was a match made in heaven. One of the strongest Davidoffs ever created, the Escurio maintains the brand’s signature smooth and creamy aroma, while notes of pepper, spice, and chocolate —along with a plethora of smoke—make it a dream companion to the peaty Lagavulin.