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MARCH 22ND, 2022 I MEZCAL LAUDERDALE

Smoky Smoke: Pairing Mezcal
with Cigars

In the realm of refined indulgences, few pleasures rival the

art of pairing spirits with cigars.

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For centuries, enthusiasts have sought out the perfect harmony of flavors and aromas, exploring the intricate interplay between tobacco and libation. While bourbon has long been the go-to companion for cigar aficionados, a new contender has emerged—the smoky allure of mezcal.

Inspired by the timeless tradition of pairing bourbon with cigars, mezcal enthusiasts are discovering the delights of marrying these two distinct pleasures. Just as bourbon's rich, oaky notes complement the robust flavors of a well-aged cigar, mezcal's complex smokiness offers a captivating counterpart to the nuanced character of fine tobacco.

From the rugged highlands of Oaxaca to the lush valleys of Jalisco, the birthplaces of mezcal are steeped in tradition and history, much like the storied tobacco fields of Cuba, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. It's no wonder, then, that these two artisanal products share a natural affinity—a deep-seated connection forged by centuries of craftsmanship and dedication to quality.

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When it comes to pairing mezcal with cigars, the key lies in understanding the intricate interplay of flavors and aromas. Just as with wine or whiskey, certain combinations can elevate the tasting experience to new heights, while others may fall flat. Here are a few tips to help you unlock the perfect pairing:

Consider the Intensity: When selecting a cigar to accompany your mezcal, consider the intensity of both the spirit and the smoke. For a robust, full-bodied mezcal with bold smoky notes, opt for a similarly intense cigar with rich, complex flavors. Conversely, a lighter, more delicate mezcal pairs beautifully with a milder cigar, allowing each element to shine without overpowering the other.

Balance Sweet and Spicy: Look for cigars with nuanced flavor profiles that complement the sweet, spicy, and herbal notes found in mezcal. A cigar with hints of caramel, cocoa, or leather can accentuate the caramelized agave flavors of the spirit, while a touch of spice adds depth and complexity to the pairing.

Experiment with Different Varietals: Just as mezcal enthusiasts delight in exploring the diverse array of agave varietals, cigar aficionados can take pleasure in sampling a wide range of tobacco varietals, each offering its own unique character and aroma. From the bold, peppery notes of a Nicaraguan puro to the smooth, creamy texture of a Dominican cigar, there's no shortage of options to suit every palate.

Mind the Cut and Light: Pay attention to the cut and light of your cigar, as they can significantly impact its flavor profile. A clean, precise cut ensures an even draw and maximizes the surface area of the tobacco, allowing for a more consistent burn and flavor distribution. Likewise, a careful, controlled light ensures that the tobacco ignites evenly, preserving its natural oils and aromas.

In the end, pairing mezcal with cigars is not merely about combining flavors—it's about creating a sensory symphony that delights the palate, invigorates the senses, and transports the soul to a realm of pure indulgence. So the next time you reach for your favorite mezcal, why not accompany it with a carefully chosen cigar? Whether you're savoring the smoky notes of a joven mezcal or the rich, complex flavors of an añejo, the perfect cigar can elevate the experience to new heights of pleasure. 

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