RoMa Craft Tabac Intemperance With Casamigos Anejo Tequila

  By Greg Mays  Don’t you just love cigar names nowadays? The Intemperance Brotherly Kindness has a slight shaggy foot, making it a good-looking cigar and an easy one to light. The understated ring is handy, particularly for the ring-on smokers amongst us. Also featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, the Intemperance lights sweet, with touches of leather and cream. There is a very faint barnyard flavor, though I found it to be more like damp wood than manure and hay. When engaging with Casamigos again, I was surprised to find it take on a spicier profile, imparted by the wood it’s aged in. It delivers a raw oak bite and less of the toasted barrel; something I had not detected in my first pairing. The wrapper on the Intemperance became more vanilla-forward as it smoked, and the construction was impeccable. The cap is a little bit over wrapped, helping construction to hold together; regardless of the cut you prefer, a welcome quality for a cigar in this price range.The pairing between Casamigos Añejo and the Intemperance is a tight fit: there is an interplay of apricot, vanilla, spice and wood that is tightly woven from start to finish, and you’ll realize this [...]

My Father Connecticut Toro With Casamigos Anejo Tequila

By Greg Mays Classified as a mild cigar from the Garcia family’s My Father line, the Connecticut label of the My Father series is flavorful nonetheless. Jose “Pepin” Garcia and his son Jaime blend the Connecticut line with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper (the only leaves not harvested on the Garcia’s estate), with their own Nicaragua Corojo ‘99 binder, and Nicaragua Habano-Criollo filler. The initial light of the cigar delivers warm spice to the palate, followed by dry hay notes as the heat dissipates. At times the My Father Connecticut delivers a subtle peppery cream note, but ultimately the smoking experience is mild, dry and herbal. It’s definitely an increased flavor profile from the old guard of mild cigars and certainly offers a nice stop-gap for those seeking a milder smoking experience but prefer the flavors that Nicaraguan tobacco delivers. When paired with Casamigos Añejo Tequila, the flavors of each are compatible, but not necessarily complementary in profile. Casamigos has some distilling techniques which lead to a unique tequila experience, primarily in the length of time their agave piñas are roasted and fermented. This leads to a more agave-forward spirit, and even in their older products like the Añejo, the agave’s [...]

Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Bourbon Whiskey and Tatuaje Belle Encre Reserva Cigar

You’ll swear this bourbon and cigar were made especially for each other. By Benjamin Winokur Bourbon, the quintessential American whiskey. In fact, I can’t help but think about bourbon and Mark Twain in the same thought process. How could I not? I’m sitting here with a glass of exceptional bourbon, a fine cigar, and an empty page awaiting my literary input. It was Twain himself who wrote “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” Buffalo Trace saw fit to offer a bottle of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel bourbon whiskey for this issue’s pairing. Good whiskey, indeed, and tonight I would come to appreciate Twain’s sentiment even more. One immediately takes notice of the old-fashioned yellow label affixed to the bottle with “Bottled in Bond” printed in bold type across the bottom. Interestingly, E.H. Taylor was instrumental in passing the “Bottled-in-Bond” act of 1897, which required any spirit labeled as “Bonded” or “Bottled in Bond” to be the product of a single distiller from a single distillery during a single distillation season. Additionally, the act required that bonded spirits be aged in a federally bonded warehouse, supervised for at least four years, and bottled [...]

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