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    December 13, 2012

    Whaddya mean wine does not pair with cigars?! Humbug! I very much enjoy a merlot or shiraz with my cigars. I prefer a nice whisky, but I’m trying to avoid killing my liver before I die, so I have to watch my consumption :)

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    December 13, 2012

    I really like my cigars with wine as well, although I must admit that this is not my favorite pairing (water and coffee are more to my liking). Red, powerful wine fromt the Rhone valley pairs well with full-bodied cigars.

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    Simon Kelso
    December 13, 2012

    Stone brew old guardian with any cigar pairs well

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    December 13, 2012

    As far as soda and cigar pairings, Virgils root beer I right up there with coffee for me. Not very sweet and has a little spice.

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    December 13, 2012

    So far my favorite pairings are Knob Creek Bourbon or Glenmorangie Scotch. I do like beer with a cigar as well but it does take away from the cigar a bit

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    December 13, 2012

    Great thought provoking post. Here’s what I like….

    Most of cigar smoking is done outside in the warmer monghths. I really have learned to know what I prefer with certain cigars and am happy to share my own thoughts. Keep in mind these are my personal opinions and everyone’s palates are different.

    If I am smoking in sunny hot weather then most definitely I will pair an ice cold iced-tea (sweetened of course) with my cigar. I find that this noy only refreshes my palate but compliments the salty twang left on my lips from most of the Cuban cigars I smoke.

    Later in the evening or if I’m smoking early in the morning, I like a nice double espresso shot Capuccino… This is especially good with the woodiness and semi-sweet flavors associated with Maduro cigars.

    As for alcohol, I never smoke with wine. I just don’t like the combination. I prefer to pair my wines with my meals.

    I don’t mind a good port with my cigars or when a nice glass of Royal Salute 21 year old or a Johnny Walker Blue or Green. Never on the rocks but along side a tall glass of ice water tokeep the palate cool … Never “ice” a great scotch .. Drink it with a side of iced water… Take a sip of the ice water to cool down your mouth before sipping youe scotch…. Same effect but won’t dilute your “good stuff”.

    Due to my arthritic problems and allergies to sulphides, my alcohol consumption is significantly reduced so only on the odd occassion will I pair with spirits but as I said, a good port and a great scotch are the go-to alcoholic choices.

    Maduro’s work well with a sweet cappuccino and those nice Salty lip Cubans I find really go well with a lemon or peach ice tea…..

    Great post.

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    December 13, 2012

    Orange juice with ice is great. Orange juice mixed with some Mango nectar and ice is my absolute favorite though. The citrus really cleanses the palate.

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    December 13, 2012

    After reading an interview with Pete Johnson where he said orange soda is his favorite pairing, I tried it and is now one of my beverages of choice along with coffee and iced tea.

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    December 13, 2012

    My favorite pairing is an XO Cognac!

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    December 13, 2012

    Regular Cola when having a more analyzing smoke, white wine for light to medium bodied cigars (ie Quai d’Orsay, Gloria Cubana, El Rey del Mundo with higher end Riesling or Chardonnay), reds for medium to heavy body (ie Le Hoyo series, Partagas, H.Upmann with higer end Bordeaux, Pomerol, Northern Rhône) for pairing, Oolong for suave!!! Whisky is heavenly but the alcohol kills any ability to even remotely enjoy a great cigar (IMHO)

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    December 13, 2012

    One of my favs is a nice Fuente Short Story and a iced glass of Woodford.

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    December 13, 2012

    I rarely drink alcohol, but sometimes I enjoy a dark beer, like a Sam Adams Boston or Does Equis Amber. These seem to pair well w/ the full to medium cigars I prefer. Otherwise it’s either dark coffee or sweet tea. Never tried water, but I plan to now…and the apple juice trick is a good one to know! Are there any cigarette smokers out there? If so, do you feel this interferes w/ your ability to taste your cigars? I find it hard sometimes to notice the flavors of my gars..and I’m curious if the cigarettes are interfering w/ my ability to taste them.

    Great post topic btw!

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    December 13, 2012

    On my side, I found that a good Tawnie Port pairs well with a mild cigar. The tawnie offers just that right level of sweet and woodyness flavor that suits well a Montecristo No.3 for example. As for stronger ones, I do like a good expresso with Tia Maria(Coffee liquor)and a little milk added to it. It may seem strange and or awkward, but that orange soda beverage did well on my palate too.

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    dave b
    December 13, 2012

    For me it is whatever rocks my boat at the time. I used to favor Dalmor’s “Cigar Malt” scotch with any My Father or a LaFlor Coronado when having an alcoholic drink was doable. Cigar Malt is no longer avialable, bummer. Normally I have a premium coffee with just about any stick will do the trick. Experiment with it, as long as you are happy I don’t thing there is a wrong pairing.

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    December 13, 2012

    I do enjoy coffee with a cigar in the morning. I also agree that I have never had a beer pair well with a cigar and will stop drinking beer on the golf course in order to enjoy my cigar to the fullest.

    I have found a wine that pairs well with a cigar, it is a California Zinfandel that was created with the goal of having a wine that would stand up to and go well with a cigar. It is actually called Cigarzin!

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    December 13, 2012

    I, like ScottyBoy above, am interested in comments on how cigarette smoking might interfere with really tasting the flavor of my cigars. My favorite pairing is Camus VSOP cognac.

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    December 14, 2012

    I prefer short finish beverages with my cigars. Drinks that coat the tongue (coffee w/ cream, vintage ports, even certain rums) alter the taste of a cigar for me.

    I tend to pair scotch with Bolivars, H. Upmanns and Ramon Allones. I like a very dry (gin) martini with Cohibas and Montecristos. I find Partagas go with just about everything!

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    December 14, 2012

    What a great site! I just recently started smoking recently, only a bout a year or so… But it is a great hobby, and very relaxing! I have to say I do agree with you about beer imparting a bitter taste, and also with the fact that sodas are too sweet. But just wanted to note something I’ve discovered as well. I’ve found that the fizz seems to deaden my palate after some time. I’ve also found that chocolate is an excellent palate cleanser, giving you a whole new depth perception of flavor. I like to pair my cigars with coffee, rum and whisky, in that order.

    Thank you for such a wealth of info! I’ll be a steady site viewer. You even inspired me to start documenting my own cigars adventures in a notebook.

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    December 14, 2012

    Thank you so much! I have been looking for a list such as this for awhile. This gives me something to work with.

    So far I mostly drink coffee with my early morning cigar before I go to work. I would recommend drinking only from paper cups and not any type of foam,styro,etc etc, as those materials have a weird taste and will more likely be the cause of death than a good cigar.

    I did drink a Stella Artois with a Gurkha Micro-Batch TPB 1 and I really enjoyed that pairing. I am not the only one. One of my friends on another site pairs Stella Artois as well so perhaps we are onto something. The Belgium brews do seem to be the best while smoking.

    I love Kahlua and will definitely get a bottle for the holidays. I was introduced to the fine art of cigar smoking last April and I am loving it!

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    December 14, 2012

    I would suggest unsweet tea. I usually smoke a cigar during my lunch break and I find that unsweet iced tea is a good nonalcoholic pairing with a short smoke.

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    December 14, 2012

    I like gimlets (gin+ a little bit of sweetened lime juice), it leaves a lot more “room” for the cigar than a whiskey or dark rum. White Russian is a great choice too, especially for montecristos.

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    December 15, 2012

    How about Tea? I recently warmed up some Arizona Green Tea with aPadron 2000 and truly enjoyed the experience. I think the honey used to sweeten the tea complimented the cigar perfectly.

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    December 15, 2012

    I do a nice strong coffee when smoking in the morning and it’s perfect. For the evening I can do beer but prefer a nice gin (keep a bottle in the freezer).
    An aged scotch is nice too but sort of getting away from it these days.
    I do agree with wine. I can’t quite get the two together to fully enjoy either.

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    December 15, 2012

    My favourite pairing is definately a nice Scotch served neat. I think that any of the Ilay Single Malts work well. They have a distinctly smokey-peaty flavour that really compliments a cigar well. My all-time favourite is a dram of Laphroaig 10 yr. or Triple Wood with a Liga Privada Feral Flying Pig.

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    December 15, 2012

    I usually pair my cigars with coffee, but Diet Barq’s root beer is also a favorite, especially in the summer.

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    Cuban Pete 2012
    December 16, 2012

    A glass of Gordon’s Sloe Gin and a Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill

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    December 17, 2012

    A chilled, smokey, islay scotch is my go-to pairing.

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    December 18, 2012

    Beer from Innis & Gunn and a good cigar – it’s kind of magic ))

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    December 19, 2012

    I’ve tried whiskey and rum many times, but realized that they are too rough for me (even the smooth and mild rum, like Zacappa Centenario). Kills the taste of a cigar and all I can feel is the liquor. So I got down to porto (Ruby or tawny) and creamy stuff (Baileys or Carolans). Coffee with milk (sweet or not sweet) is also a good paring.
    Tried different sweet soda drinks as well, but it taste so weird and strange, so I decided not to waste any more cigars on those experiments.

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    December 20, 2012

    Hmm, depends on the cigar. Usually I light it up with some water, check out what the flavors are like, and move on from there.

    Sometimes I stick with just water, but my other regulars are green tea, sweet tea, coffee, ruby port (Graham’s Six Grapes or their LBV), and rum (Zaya or Mount Gay Extra Old).

    I probably drink green tea the most though. Green tea is a bit like cigars, there are lots of varieties out there, and they all are fairly unique in taste. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit enamored with green tea, it’s just such a good pairing, and so interesting in its own right. You also can’t go wrong with sweet tea, bless whoever first thought it up.

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    December 25, 2012

    Of all things, I stumbled upon licorice root tea…

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    June 19, 2013

    I dunno..

    I am not an alcohol drinker, so I can’t comment on that. Coffee: its like God intended cigars to be enjoyed with coffee – its a perfect combo that ALWAYS works. Never fails.

    But, maybe I am weird, but Mountain Dew also seems to go great with most cigars.

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