Cigar Pairings | Ramon Allones Superiores LCDH Edition
The Habano tobacco is considered by the aficionados as one of the best earthly pleasures. So what better than pairing a fine Cuban cigar with a nice malt whisky or a craft beer. But…
How do I perfectly pair my Cuban Cigar?
When thinking about making cigar pairings it is necessary to consider various factors. The strength of the tobacco as well as other attributes such as the diameter and length are the main factors to take into account. This should be compared with the characteristics of the drinks that we are going to pair the cigar with.
For example, a malt whiskey or a Cuban rum that has been aged over 10 years could pair well with for example a Cohiba Talisman or a Partagas Serie N1. But if we are having a glass of Champagne it can be a Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Deluxe. Flavours in both the drink and the cigar are more subtle.
Now that we are aware of the basics of cigar pairing, let’s start with this month’s pairing.
For this first pairing we have selected a very dear cigar to us which is the Ramon Allones Superiores, La Casa del Habano Edition, and a Havana Club añejo 7 años. While the 7 años añejo is a very popular rum and could even sound cliché to include in a pairing, it is really one of my favorites. Specially when pairing with medium to full cigars that are mid sized. The earthy notes in the Allones in the first part of the smoke contrast extremely well with the rich and honey notes of the first sips of the Havana Club.
Yes, Where and when matters
As the summer heat gradually wears off, and the sun sinks slowly beneath the horizon, I sit at the porch of my house in the mountains of Spain to enjoy this combination. Usually I would enjoy my rum with a fair amount of ice, as it creates a refreshing sensation during the summer months. In this case however, since I’m smoking a Ramon Allones Superior LCDH, which is a medium to full body cigar, I would not want the subtle flavours of my Havana Club rum to be watered down by the ice.
For today’s paring I have chosen my usual torch lighter to toast the cigar and my Colibri V-Cut, a personal favorite. The climate is pretty dry, so after not too long of rotating the cigar at a fair distance from the light, there is an even burn to the tip, which I ensure with a few long puffs to get it started.
This well rounded cigar starts off very well. With an exceptional drag it is sweet and mellow. Not many flavors to start with but you may feel a slight pepper note. As it heats up it starts developing more with rich honey notes, which are enhanced by the sweet flavors of the Havana Club rum. It is interesting to see how the flavors intertwine. I must say that at this point it feels more like a light-medium than a full body smoke.
As the cigar gains heat and is reaching the half of the stick many more flavors come into play. Its intensity starts to increase into a medium to full bodied cigar. Cedar wood notes are definitely present. Here is where the rum really starts playing a more important role, refreshing the palet as the body of the cigar increases and complements the flavours that arise on the way.
The final third is full of flavours. Even though it is a rather young cigar from 2017 it is well developed. You can taste a large bouquet of flavours, but the predominant tastes are leather and wood notes. I must admit that at this point of the cigar I did include some ice in my rum, to refresh my palet and enjoy the new flavours that would persist to the very end.
As a conclusion it is a well constructed and full bodied cigar good for an afternoon or evening smoke. A very recommended pairing. After trying one of the most conservative pairings that can be done, I am left asking myself how this cigar would pair in the morning with a nice medium-strong coffee, or even with a craft beer which is becoming quite popular lately. The goal of these Cigar Pairing blog posts is not just to describe usual pairings, but also to learn throughout the process with less traditional concepts. Feel free to suggest any new ideas you have for interesting combinations you would like us to review!
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