Pairing cigars with chocolate?

Pairing cigars with chocolate

We often discuss what is the best way to pair cigars with a drink. For my part, I've found a lot of different combinations that I like - they are red wine, cognac and port (as well as variations of port such as banyuls or riversaltes). There is less information however about pairing cigars with food. The House of Grauer has created the concept of chocolate and cigar combination and introduced the "Aficionado Collection" which is supposed to enrich the ties between the cacao bean and the tobacco leaf. Thierry at Grauer was kind enough to send me a sampler of the chocolates - I tried the pairing out.

This is definitely a high-end product. The chocolates are 'grand cru', which means that they originate from delimited geographic areas (similar to wine labels). The products are crafted and wrapped by hand. Of course, the good life comes at a certain price, the 'petite aficionado collection' (110 g, 14 pieces) is sold at $65.

A leaflet that comes with the box guides you through - it actually indicates what strength and flavor profile of a cigar should be paired with different chocolates. I found that the indications worked for me - for example, I really felt that French Organic Bee Pollen chocolate gave a lot of roundness to my full-bodied smoke (it was a Montecristo Edmundo) whereas Italian Lime (a chocolate stick filled with lime) acted as a counterpart because of its acidity - a very special experience.

I feel that it can be a nice gift idea to somebody who is a seasoned cigar smoker. I had a lot of fun reading descriptions for different chocolates and trying to detect what resulted from those pairings. A special product for a special moment.

You can browse and order the chocolates at the House of Grauer website.

Disclaimer: this is not a paid review.

Key cigar people on Twitter

I've been using Twitter for a few months now and I don't regret getting started. It's a really good tool to meet new people who share your interests, to get answers to your questions in real time and to discover interesting content. I also like the fact that it's running in the background and you don't have to follow it closely. In this post I would like to feature key cigar people on Twitter that I've been following for a long time and whose updates have been useful. For all those interested in cigars, I highly recommend following these people. If you're a regular Twitter user and you're not on the list (I physically couldn't include everyone that I'm following - currently around 170 users), please leave a comment with your profile link below.

Update: here's a new list of cigar people on Twitter.

Slow loading? We’re working on it.

This post is to let CigarInspector.com readers know that there might be some degraded system performance these days, which will result in slow loading time. No need to worry - we are doing some technical upgrades this week (upgrading to the latest WordPress version, configuring Google Ad Manager...) but hopefully this won't last long.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.

L’Aficion du Havane

Today, I would simply like to write a few words about a club of people passionate about their common hobby - cigars.

L'Aficion du Havane

L'Aficion du Havane was created in 1994 in Nimes (Southern France) and counts 38 as of today. They just get together and enjoy good food, good wine and good cigars, mostly Habanos. Have a look at the picture and you will notice that about 1/3 are women cigar smokers - this is really cool. They've already been 3 times to Cuba and it seems like these trips have become a good tradition. Keep it up!
(Many thanks to Guy Buscéma (president of the club) for sending me the information.)

Is there a cigar club in your hometown? Tell us more about it.

Launching a Cigar Websites Directory

CigarDir.com

A short note to let you know about the new cigar websites directory that can be found at CigarDir.com. We created it in order to list all the cigar-related websites out there that are worth visiting (for example, we won't be accepting any "cheap cigarettes" links). If you know or own one, feel free to submit it - it's absolutely free and no reciprocal link is required (although it will be appreciated).
Thanks!

Survey of Women Cigar Smokers

Heather from Fumee World sent me a press-release about a survey conducted to gain a better understanding of female cigar consumers. It was created and conducted by Cigar Research and The Association for Women Cigar Smokers. There are some interesting facts, such as:

  • Average female smoker smokes roughly one cigar per week
  • Women are indifferent to box, band or label design and prefer purchasing their cigars online
  • When smoking a cigar, women feel "powerful", "attractive", "strong", "fun" and "rebellious", whereas the vast majority of male smokers feel "peaceful"

You can download the results of the survey here.

Poll: should we cover other topics?

As there have recently been (and there's more to come) a few wine-related posts on this blog, I would like to have readers' opinion - should we write about other topics, not directly related to cigars, such as wine (this is something I am particularly interested in) and other drinks (rum, cognac, coffee)?

Please use the poll below and feel free to post your comments in the comments section. Thanks!

According to your experience, is there any significant flavor difference between Cuban and non-Cuban cigars?

  • Yes, Cuban cigars definitely taste better on average. (47%, 82 Votes)
  • It really depends on the particular cigar. No significant difference. (43%, 74 Votes)
  • Yes, non-Cuban cigars definitely taste better on average. (10%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 174

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Cigar Inspector turns 1 year old

Cigar Inspector turns 1 year old

Yes, we published our first cigar review (it was a Bolivar Coronas Gigantes) on the 22nd of July, 2007.

During this year, we've done around 150 reviews of both Cuban and non-Cuban cigars. We really enjoy working on this blog and hope you enjoy reading it. Thanks for all your great support. Stay with us!

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