For The Love Of Cigars

For The Love Of Cigars

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Time to pair off. 
 
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes a drink is just a drink. But bring them together and you know you’re in for something special. That’s when evenings unfold and stories are born.
 
Imagine a perfect marriage. Someone by your side to make you better in every way. That’s what the right cigar is to the right spirit. It highlights its best qualities. It enhances the subtle nuances of your favourite craving. It introduces flavours you never knew, and rediscovers aromas you forgot ever existed.
 
Few things complement a Spirit like a fine cigar. The latter gives you pause, the former allows your mind to wander. But you’ve got to be careful, not every couple is a pair. The basic rule of thumb is to match the body and the flavour profile of the beverage, to the body and the flavour profile of the cigar. Of course, there are always exceptions, since opposites attract. 
 
We’ve come up with the following pairings for your tasting pleasure, with a little help from our friend Mr. Milan Kalinovic (@PhineasFreak): 
 
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva + Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill
Cognac Park X.O Cigar Blend + Cohiba Coronas Especiales
The Dalmore Cigar Malt + Padron 1926 No.9 Maduro
 
These are our proposals, but we cannot call the shots for you. There are no rights or wrongs in love. You know what suits you best, or perhaps you’ll figure it out along the way. The important thing is that you have fun and write your own story. Not because you should, but because you can
 
Cheers,
Team Flaviar
 
Smartass corner
 
1) “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” – Sigmund Freud
 
2) American presidents do love a good cigar. JFK acquired 1,200 Cuban cigars just minutes before he ordered the Cuban Trade Embargo in 1962. Bill Clinton celebrated the rescue of a downed American pilot over Bosnia-Herzegovina by lighting a Romeo Y Julieta.
 
3) Cigars are made of three types of tobacco leaves – binder, fillers and wrappers. While tobacco is grown all around the world, Cuba, with its unique soil and climate conditions, is still considered the place that produces the best cigars in the world. 
 
4) At the request of his wife, Mark Twain gave up on cigars, leading to a prolonged period of writer’s block. After he resumed smoking his usual 300 cigars a month, he wrote a book in three months. Inspirational.
 
5) The world famous Cohiba brand was founded in 1966 for Fidel Castro and other Cuban government officials. Cuban cigars in general are expensive – even in Cuba! A single Cohiba can set you back at least 25 $.
 
6) The phrase, “Close, but no cigar,” which means “almost correct, but not quite,” was formed in the 19th century, when cigars were a popular carnival prize in the US. Ah, those were the days.
 
7) A skilled and experienced cigar roller is referred to as a torcedor. The best ones are able to produce up to 200 cigars a day. Large cigar factories can produce up to 100 thousand cigars a day. 
 

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Member Reviews and Ratings of For The Love Of Cigars
thomas
thomas,
I really enjoyed this box, it was an interesting combination, I was surprised to like the rum the most. More boxes like this would be great
 
Chelsea
Chelsea,
Disclaimer: I don’t do cigars so this review doesn’t take into account how these liquors taste with a cigar. The Dalmore: mid tongue taste, heat up front then smooths out on the back of the tongue. Can taste the caramel notes pretty well. Nice smoky after taste. Could smell the sweetness upon opening. Park: First time having cognac and I’m okay with it. Heavy cherry smell at first opening, sweet. First taste is heavy on spice but mellows out and sweetens up. Smooth finish. Diplomatico: Very sweet smell. First sips pack some heat on the finish and lingers on the tongue. Sweetness gives way to a bit of a spicy taste, unusual for a rum but a nice taste.
 
Christian
Christian,
Great stuff!
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Loved all of them
 
Erik
Erik,
Great selection! Normally not a rum fan and I generally don’t like sweet spirits but the Diplomático was very smooth and flavorful. Of course the Park and Dalmore were excellent as well.
 
Joe
Joe,
Very good variety of products. Helped distinguish the difference in the types of alcohol from cognac to rum. The Flavour Spiral was spot on, though we are still curious about what biscuit means....
 
Jamie
Jamie,
Granted, this is the first rum I have sipped by itself, but I love it! Sweet, but with enough complexity and brightness to keep it from being cloying. I will definitely be picking up a bottle. I enjoyed it in the Cigar tasting box with a Isla Del Sol Cigar.
 
Steven
Steven,
One of the best tasting I’ve had in awhile. The diplomatico was a good was. Sweet, caramel and flavorful. Park was great as well. Fruit and spicy. The one I was little disappointed in was the dalmore... it sounds great but just a little too sweet
 
Marissa
Marissa,
This was an excellent pairing. Only wish we had some cigars when we enjoyed it. Really liked the variety and could easily see how they would go well with a fine cigar.
 
Troy
Troy,
I agree with other comments. This is a great pairing and each dram was enjoyable on their own but all worked well together. Very glad I picked this one up and might be adding the bottles to the bar in the future.
 
Miguel
Miguel,
Excellent pairing and I really enjoyed the Dalmore!
 
Keith
Keith,
Very tasty selections !
 
Trent
Trent,
Excellent pairings. I really enjoyed the Dalmore and the Diplomatico
 
John
John,
Good stuff
 
Harry
Harry,
The Diplomatico was excellent
 
Matt
Matt,
A great set - the Park and Diplomatico were excellent.
 
Frank
Frank,
This is a great little testing set, especially with a hand rolled Cuban Cigar
 
Sean
Sean,
The Park is excellent with a smooth cigar. This is a very good selection to purchase.
 
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