October 11, 2014

Pairing Vegas Robaina + Courvoisier 12 Year Cognac

I had purchased this drink to pair a couple years ago but ended up drinking the whole bottle because I loved it so much.  It’s very rare for a Cognac to have an age designation.  This bottle contains a blend of brandies that are a minimum of 12 years that were chosen to show off the flavours of the Borderies.  I was fortunate enough to find a cigar that had been sitting, aging, waiting for me, for the last 12 years as well.  I knew it was meant to be!  Thinking of pairing cigars with cognac?  Give this a try.

The Drink: Courvoisier Connoisseur Collection 12 Year Cognac

Appearance: A beautiful transparent rusty amber colour.

On the nose: Enjoyed in a snifter, we experienced notes of apple, maraschino cherries, and candied oranges.  A sweet floral note was also present.

On the palate: A super smooth flavour.  A medium length, slightly dry finish.  Florals, orange bitters, and a sweet oakyness were present.

The Cigar: Vegas Robaina Don Alejandro (2002)

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Vegas Robaina cigar and Courvoisier cognac pairing

Construction: This 7 5/8″ x 49 cigar was sure to be a treat. I managed to find a 12 year old aged box (from 2002)! The cigar is of course a Cuban puro, beautifully silky wrapper, some small veins and quite toothy.  The pre-light draw was a bit firm but it didn’t turn out to be an issue.  From the foot you could see it was a generously packed cigar.

On the nose: The smell was quite light.  Sweet hay and some cedar.

On the palate: Very mellow.  Smooth, and sweet.  The smoke remained constant throughout the first two thirds providing us with mouthfuls of smoke which was surprising considering the initially tough draw.  The final third opened right up and tons of smoke was present.  It had a very Cuban minerality to it.  That Cuban “twang” despite its age.

The Pair

The drink after the cigar: A beautiful marriage of sweet candied orange and dark chocolate emerges.  The orange was there before but it becomes more defined.  In the mouth, beautiful sweet, delicate, florals.

The cigar after the drink: The cigar is earthy, sweet grass, and chocolate.  The tastes work together so enjoyably well.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed this pairing.  The combination going back and forth just screams Terry’s Orange Chocolate to me.  I was very happy to have an almost 8″ cigar to get me through the night.  When it comes to pairing cigars with cognac, this was a real treat.  Please try this pair and let us know what you think!  I think you’ll love it!

– David