Continuing on with my cigar pairing series, this week we smoked a Romeo y Julieta Coronitas en cedro. During this past Thanksgiving holiday, after all the food was devoured, I grabbed this Cuban stick. I’ve had this cigar before, so I was familiar with its mild, slightly earthy character. I looked around my whiskey collection and thought Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish might be a great match.
I was right.
The bourbon’s dark caramel and spice played nicely against the cigar’s wood and sweet tobacco notes. The magic happened with the whiskey’s finish. A puff on the cigar right after a swallow of bourbon added a bit of dryness to the whisky’s rich, dark finish. The cigar itself smoked well, lasting about 45 minutes or so.
Halfway through the cigar, I poured a second glass of whiskey – this time my choice was Maker’s Mark. Though not quite as satisfying as the Michter’s Toasted Barrel, Maker’s Mark’s sweet and palatable flavor profile showcased the cigar a bit more. That’s not a bad thing, by any means.
A great smoke, a wonderful bourbon, and a crisp autumn night. I can’t ask for more.
Romeo y Julieta Coronitas en Cedro can be purchased at Montefortunacigars.com.
Thanks to Montefortuna Cigars for the cigar. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.