At Serious Cigars we take our cigars very seriously, as you can tell. We also take our bourbon seriously. It is safe to say we have no sense of humor and we take everything seriously. So, when we do our research and layout a cigar and bourbon pairing, it would behoove you to take it seriously as well. In our minds, nothing compares to the flavorful experience of matching up a cigar with its perfect bourbon. At the end of a long day, a good smoke and a stiff drink helps you forget your worries and helps you push on to the next day and the day after that. Now for the laymen, you may have not heard of some of these whiskies, but that’s the point. Serious Cigars wants to provide you with new experiences and we think we have done just that… seriously.

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon & Laranja Reserva

Eagle Rare is a member of the first family of whiskey. They are crafted by Buffalo trace, who, along with its name brands, is also responsible for the legendary Pappy Van Winkle. It has a heritage and tradition of fine American bourbons. It is soft and slightly sweet with an orange zest aroma that continues into your first sips. Being the dominant orange themed cigar, Laranja is an easy match up for this. I’d recommend this pairing on a nice spring day. .

Michters US 1 Straight Kentucky Bourbon & Southern Draw Rose of Sharon

If it’s a hot summer day and you are looking for a mellow, smooth smoking and drinking experience, this is the matchup id go for. Michters has become a favorite in our office. It is smooth, creamy and has a good sweetness to it. The Rose of Sharon from Southern Draw will change the way you look at Connecticut wrappers. It remains mellow and creamy, but has a lot more flavor to it then you’d think, including a subtle sweet spice that pairs well with the whiskey. .

Blantons Original Single Barrel & Caldwell Hit and Run

Every time I go to my local water hole, I ask if they have Blantons. Some days I get a yes, more often I get a know. But on those yes days, I am more excited than a kid on Christmas. It is an exquisite bourbon, made it limited batches making it harder to find. It was originally created only to be given to foreign ambassadors and dignities, and when you taste it you will see why. It is incredibly well balanced with notes of caramel, roasted nuts, and an underlying sweetness. The new Hit & Run from Robert Caldwell and Matt Booth is the epitome of a medium bodied, well balanced smoke. With notes of nuts, caramel and a dash of sweet spice, I cannot think of a better partner for the elegant Blantons. .

Basil Haydens Kentucky Straight Bourbon & El Gueguense

Basil Hayden has become a more recent favorite of mine. A bottle was gifted to me during the holidays by a dear friend. He used to be an acquaintance, but after gifting me the luscious notes of Basil for the first time, he is now in my wedding party. It is an almost perfect whiskey for the fan of a little more body. It has a great spice to it but it is not overbearing. It is well balanced with a dry finish and notes of spice and leather. Where else can I find a well-balanced, medium bodied product with notes of spice and leather? Well Nick Melillo of course. His debut brand, El Gueguense has become one of my favorite cigars of all time. It is the epitome of craftsmanship with a wonderful bouquet of flavors and a near perfect draw. .

Elijah Craig Small Batch & Monte by Montecristo by AJ

When thinking of Elijah Craig, two words come to mind. Those words are rich and full. The small batch is a hearty bourbon, with bold notes of nutmeg, nuts, spice and a little smoke while it has a sweet and toasty finish. For this pairing I headed to the latest Altadis USA/AJ Fernandez collaboration. This box pressed cigar was listed on several top 10 lists due to its Altadis reliability and its AJ craftsmanship. It is rich and bold, similar to the Elijah Craig and adds in wonderful notes of coffee, chocolate and a rich smoky aroma. .

Serious Cigars is always open to new experiences, so if there is a whiskey and cigar pairing that you’d like to mention just let us know…until then try out our selection of amazing premium cigars…seriously.

POSTED ON Jan 12, 2018


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