Whether it is a scotch, whiskey, coffee, or even a Dr. Pepper, it is customary to pair your cigar with a drink. Your beverage of choice, whatever it may be, is crucial to bringing out certain desired flavors from your cigar.
There are four main identifiable tastes: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. These tastes can vary greatly depending on what they are paired with because the different tastes highlight one another. For example, if you bite into a lemon and then drink a glass of water, the water will taste very sweet. On the other hand, if you eat something salty and then drink a glass of water, the water will taste sour or bitter.
This same theory can be applied to smoking cigars. If you enjoy a cigar with a more bitter drink like coffee, whiskey, or scotch, you will encounter more sweet flavors while smoking your cigar. However, if you enjoy a sweet beverage with your cigar like a cola or sweet red wine, you will notice the more smoky flavors in the cigar.
It can also be beneficial to pair a bitter drink with a bitter cigar to become desensitized to the strong bitterness, or to pair a sweet drink with a sweet cigar to become desensitized to the sweetness. This helps mute the flavors to make the experience a milder one.
Whatever you are looking for from your cigar-drink pairings, be sure to keep these helpful tips in mind. Customize your cigar-drink combo because with a good cigar and a good drink in hand, you can never go wrong.