I typically pair wines with my cigars and I wanted to try something a little different. After researching and tasting this spirit I found that it’s quite versatile and its softness and silky smooth texture lend itself well to both newer spirit drinkers as well as the seasoned drinker due its complexity. This drink is the backbone of the Glenmorangie line. This was my first pair presenting to the group and a lot was resting on it’s success!
About Glenmorangie Original
This is a 10 year old single malt scotch whisky distilled in Tain, Scotland. It is aged in both first and second use American white oak casks and has won several awards at the IWSC and other international spirits competitions. It has a very soft texture on the palate with some complex flavours of roasted almonds and toffee. Citrus notes come through, and in particular orange, on a very long finish with hints of vanilla.
About Liga Privada No. 9
The Liga Privada No. 9 were originally manufactured for Drew Estate’s president Steve Saka. It was at one point his private blend that no one else really had access to. This cigar is a complex blend of 7 different tobaccos from 7 different farms! Only a handful of Drew Estate’s top torcedors are allowed to roll this cigar and it is considered an honour to be in that group.
Wrapper: Connecticut broadleaf oscuro
Filler: Honduran & Nicaraguan
Flavours: Rich & creamy with a silky mouth-feel, full flavour with a medium to long finish. There’s hints of nuts, a bit of sweetness and some woody tastes. Be careful not to rush this stick as it can burn to hot and mess with the flavour profile.
The construction on this stick is flawless. The time and dedication taken to make both this cigar and the drink is evident in the final product.
Pairing Glenmorangie Original and Liga Privada No. 9
After smoking the cigar any bite that was present in the scotch has been tamed by the thick creamy smoke that coats the tongue. The finish however seems to be a bit longer. The cigar becomes richer in its chocolate notes and the drink becomes a bit sweeter. In the second third sweetness and nutnotes come through on the stick and the whole pair comes together.
It was a really good pair presented as my first pair to the pairing group.