Have a Beer with your Smoke
19 June 2014
Pairing Beer with Cigars has always been a delicate marriage. Even though Beer has been with us since 4000BC (far outdating the arrival of the cigar), the concept of beer tasting and pairing has become popular in recent times with the re-emergence of the artisanal Beer (Micro Breweries). Pairing Cubaís famous cigars with the massive variety of beers from around the world is a potential match made in heaven.
Always taste your beers from a glass. Think of red and dark ales being like red wines, lagers like whites. Pale ales and bitters are best served coolish (up to 12įC), lagers and wheat beers should be lightly chilled. Few of us take the time to sniff our beer before tasting. If you don't use your nose, you will miss out on the sweet, toasty, malty nose of a Scottish heavy; the citrus hoppiness of an IPA or the cloves and bananas found in a wheat beer. Your first mouthful will deliver all the flavours. The sweetness at the front of the mouth and the dry bitterness from the hops at the back. Each style of beer has its own character: the sweet and sour of a great Belgian fruit beer, the hoppy surge of the IPA, the roasty richness of a creamy porter, the perfumed bite of a traditional Pilsener. Most importantly, the ĎDevine drinkí is there to be enjoyed, so Cheers!
Final Fatherís Day Special
11 June 2014
Get 10% off your order through Sunday 15 June. CigarOne.com is delighted to put many accessories, regular productions cigars, as well as a selection of Limited & Regionals at special prices for Fatherís Day.
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A new week, brings a new Fatherís Day Special
03 June 2014
Get 15% off your order through Monday 09 June. CigarOne.com is delighted to put many accessories, regular productions cigars, as well as a selection of Limited & Regionals at special prices for Fatherís Day.
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CigarOne Fatherís Day Specials
27 May 2014
To celebrate the upcoming Fatherís Day weekend, CigarOne.com is delighted to put many accessories, regular production cigars, as well as a selection of Limited, Regional and Rare productions at -20%. Take advantage of this special offer through Monday 02 June across the whole website to buy for yourself, for your friends or simply bulk buy together, the more the merrier.
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Smoking combos: Drinks to pair with a cigar
19 May 2014
The problem with finding a drink to pair with a cigar is that most people cannot look beyond whiskies, specifically single malts. It is imperative to choose a proper drink to accompany a fine cigar, especially the medium and full flavoured ones, after all a strong cigar will overpower a light drink, such as a margarita or a light beer.
Restaurants and coffee shops are full of options for those who like their regular fix of caffeine. There are splendid alcoholic variants too apart from the usual Cappuccino, Cafe Mocha, Cafe con Leche, and Cuban Coffee. Try pairing a good Filter Coffee with a mild cigar. Elevate the experience by making Filter Coffee with Baileys. Thereís no need to add sugar or milk; you have a perfectly brewed alcoholic concoction that works wonders with the cigar. While on the topic of coffee, how can one leave out Kahlua? As with coffee drinks, there are many variations, such as the Black Russian, Mud Slide and Nutty Irishman that are Kahlua-fuelled cocktails.
Beer drinkers tend to pair a mild cigar with their favourite draught but do little else to experiment with flavours. Try an Indian Pale Ale with a full-bodied cigar. Very few beers can stand up to a cigar and are not overwhelmed; the bitter hops in an IPA can shine brightly with a cigar. Those with refined palates can even pair a good Trappist Beer like Chimay or Duvel with a medium to full flavoured cigar. Guinness works like a charm by pairing coffee flavours and stout characters.
Regardless of the brand, the Late Bottled Vintage range of port wine is great with cigars. Vintage porto is more expensive and will not last long after opened. It must be properly decanted before serving. Porto is a fortified red wine (contains brandy), and is made in Portugal (contrary to the Indian notion that itís from a Goan port). It has a sweet taste that makes for a great dessert drink and a better companion to a fine cigar.
Try the Stinger, a mixture of creme de menthe and brandy. One variation of the recipe uses vodka instead of brandy but itís the brandy that actually brings a distinct personality to the drink that stands up well against the cigar. Even martinis works very well with full flavoured cigars. Why? Because they have a generous dose of alcohol and are usually quite flavourful.