April 23, 2013

Balvanie DoubleWood + Rocky Patel Decade

I set out on this pair to give us something with a little bit of a kick, but to keep it flavourful (yes, that’s how you spell it in Canada). I am not necessarily one to be drawn to the harder drinks, but my brother gave me a taste of his Balvenie DoubleWood and I really enjoyed, making me want to share it with the rest of the pairing group.

About the Drink

“The Balvenie DoubleWood is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two woods. Over its period of maturation it is transferred from a traditional oak whiskey cask to a European oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt ~ the traditional casks soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour.” – http://www.thebalvenie.com

Tasting Notes

Nose ~ Sweet fruit, layered with honey and vanilla.
Taste ~ Smooth and mellow with beautifully combined flavours ~ nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness with a hint of sweetness.
Finish ~ Long lasting and warm

About the Cigar

Rocky Patel released The Decade to celebrate their ten years in the cigar business. In 2008, Cigar Aficionado felt that this stick was worthy of a 92 rating and named it to be number 15 out of the top 25 for that year. The Decade features premium tobaccos from Nicaragua and Ecuador.  Typical dark chocolate and coffee notes give way to some fruitier undertones.

About the Pair

Both elements tasted great on their own.  When combining them the flavours seemed to stay the same and neither one had much influence on the other.  They compliment each other well without getting in each others way.  It was a good pair worthy of trying again.

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