I choose to pair the Oban 14 year with a 7-20-4 Hustler. I decided on this pair because I’ve always loved the Hustler. I’ve had many of them and never been disappointed. In all honesty I’ve had this bottle of Oban for a couple months now. I have never tried it, but friends keep telling me good things. Well Lets find out how it went! 


Oban 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The distillery goes back as far of 1794. Throughout the years after, the distillery was sold and operated by 4 other owners. Now, the Oban distillery is owned by a man by the name of Diageo. Oban only has two pot stills, making it one of the smallest Scottish distilleries. They produce a whisky that has a west highland flavor that has been described as Smokey and dry. 

Off the nose: We found hints of green apple, vanilla and a faint orange undertone.

The Body: of this scotch was very light, and had a thin body.

As for taste: we found a strong oak, mild vanilla and slight pepper.

The finish: was long and warm, with hints of spice and a mild sweet linger.


The 7-20-4 Hustler:

Based out of Manchester New Hampshire, they were around from 1874 until 1963. For a long period, they were the largest cigar manufacturer in the USA. The cigar was a clear Havana, meaning that raw tobacco was imported from Cuba and rolled in the USA. After the US/Cuban embargo took place, the original company closed up.

Fast forward to 2009; Kurt Kendall, a retail cigar store owner and collector of antique cigar memorabilia, decided to revive the brand. Working with Nestor Placensia of the Tabacos de Oriente factory in Honduras, Kurt created a medium bodied cigar that lived up to the original 7-20-4 brand’s tagline of “blended for every palate”

The Hustler Series, a barber pole cigar with Ecuadorian Connecticut and Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper, is based on another old brand that Kurt discovered while out collecting. The binder is Costa Rican and the filler is made up of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos. It debuted in 2012 and the buzz has been building since.

The Construction of this cigar is flawless, a nice tight roll, no cracks and a beautiful barber pole. It definitely gets your attention.

Nose: The cigar has a very strong and sweet tobacco aroma with hints of spice.

As for taste, the cigar definitely has a sweet flavor, nice thick creamy smoke with hints of chocolate on the finish. The cigar has a very pleasant medium body to it.


About the Pair

Together, this was a great pair, the sweetness of the Whisky and the Cigar married themselves together to create something special. The spices coming off the whisky added to the experience. I found myself enjoying the pair most when I would take a sip followed by a puff of the cigar. The pair itself was a medium body – not too heavy. It would be a good early afternoon pair. I suggest giving it a try for yourself and letting us know what you think!

– Matt


Cigar pairing for Oban 14 whisky

Drink pairing for Hustler 7-20-4 cigar

Pairing cigars and whisky