Perfect Cigar Pairings with Food & Spirits
Indulging in a premium cigar is an experience in it’s own right, but pairing it with the right spirit and food can elevate the enjoyment to new heights. At Cigar Cellar, we believe that the perfect pairing can enhance the flavors of both the cigar and the spirit, creating a harmonious symphony for your palate. Whether you prefer a classic combination of a rich whiskey with a dark and robust stick, or you’d rather experiment with contradictory flavors like sea salt and chocolate, there’s really no wrong way to do it — it’s all about personal preference.
We designed The Cigar Cellar to allow our guests to experience all that our cigar selection, cocktails, and food have to offer. Our state-of-the-art ventilation system accommodates all the smells and sensory stimulation you’d expect from a cigar bar without overpowering the beverages and fares with a perpetual cloud of smoke.
Like I said, there’s no right or wrong way to pair. But if you’re new to the world of cigars, here are a few good starting points to experiment with.
Cigar Pairings with Whiskey
Whiskey and cigars have a long-standing tradition of complementing each other perfectly. The rich, complex flavors of whiskey can enhance the nuances of a premium cigar, creating a luxurious sensory experience. For an iconic pairing, try the full-bodied Arturo Fuente Hemingway Classic cigar with a smoky, peaty Scotch whisky like Lagavulin 16 Year Old. The bold flavors of the cigar, with notes of cedar and spice, harmonize beautifully with the deep, smoky character of the whisky, resulting in a match made in heaven.
Alternatively, if you prefer a milder cigar, the Romeo y Julieta Reserve Robusto pairs wonderfully with a smooth and velvety bourbon like Woodford Reserve. The creamy texture of the cigar, coupled with its hints of coffee and cocoa, complements the sweet caramel and vanilla notes of the bourbon, creating a delightful balance of flavors on the palate.
Consider pairing your whiskey and cigar with dark chocolate or aged cheese. The rich, creamy texture of dark chocolate complements the smoky and robust flavors of the whiskey and cigar, while aged cheese adds a savory complexity that enhances the overall tasting experience.
Cigar Pairings with Rum
Rum's tropical notes of molasses, vanilla, and spices can provide an excellent complement to the earthy and robust flavors of a cigar. For a decadent pairing, try the medium-bodied My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo cigar with a dark, aged rum like Ron Zacapa Centenario 23. The cigar's rich, chocolaty flavors, combined with its hints of pepper and leather, are beautifully enhanced by the rum's complex layers of toffee, oak, and spices.
For a lighter option, the Montecristo White Series Toro pairs perfectly with a crisp and refreshing white rum like Plantation 3 Stars. The cigar's creamy texture and subtle notes of nuts and cedar are elevated by the rum's delicate fruitiness and hints of coconut, creating a refreshing and nuanced combination that's perfect for warm weather sipping.
To complement the tropical flavors of rum and cigar, consider pairing them with grilled pineapple or seafood dishes. The sweetness and acidity of grilled pineapple enhance the fruity notes of the rum, while seafood dishes provide a savory contrast that brings out the cigar's earthy flavors.
Cigar Pairings with Cognac:
Cognac's smooth and refined character makes it an ideal companion for a premium cigar. The delicate fruit and floral notes of the brandy can accentuate the cigar's flavors without overpowering them. Pair the medium-bodied Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Exclusivo Maduro cigar with a VSOP or XO cognac like Hennessy XO for a sophisticated pairing that's perfect for special occasions. The cigar's rich, espresso-like flavors, with hints of chocolate and spice, are beautifully complemented by the cognac's velvety texture and layers of dried fruit, vanilla, and oak.
For a lighter option, the Ashton Cabinet Selection Pyramid pairs wonderfully with a floral and fruity cognac like Courvoisier VS. The cigar's smooth, creamy profile, with notes of nuts and cedar, is enhanced by the cognac's vibrant bouquet of citrus, apricot, and honey, creating an elegant and well-balanced pairing that's sure to impress.
To complement the elegance of cognac and cigar, consider pairing them with decadent desserts like crème brûlée or chocolate truffles. The creamy texture and subtle sweetness of the desserts enhance the velvety smoothness of the cognac, while the rich flavors provide a luxurious backdrop for the cigar's complexity.
Pairing your favorite cigar with the right spirit and food can enhance your overall enjoyment. Come explore our wide selection of premium cigars, spirits, and culinary creations, and discover the perfect pairings to suit your taste. Whether you prefer the classic combination of whiskey and cigars, the tropical flair of rum, or the elegance of cognac, we have something for every palate. Join us at Cigar Cellar and elevate your cigar experience.