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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Stogies, Vino, & Java: What Pairs Best with Cigars


There's nothing better than a fine cigar. After a long day at work, a cigar is perfect to wind down and relax.

If you're out with family or friends, lighting a cigar is a great social pairing. Many situations call for a cigar, but did you think which beverage also pairs well with cigars?

But don't choose just any drink. Certain drinks pair so naturally with a cigar - it's like peanut butter and jelly. Having this knowledge requires some basic facts about tobacco flavors and hidden notes.
Here's what to drink with cigars.

Wine

Wine is one of the best cigar pairings. Any event calls for a glass of wine and a cigar; whether it's family dinner, a formal event, or a night on the town. But the cigar and wine pairing are complex.
And it all depends on the type of cigar you're smoking.

For mild-to-medium cigars, choose an equally modest wine. Any fruity wines are the perfect option; the sweetness blends perfectly with the cigar's spice and sugary flavor. Choose Pinot Noir with a mild or medium-bodied cigar.

For medium-to-full bodied cigars, choose a classic red wine such as Merlot. Since you're getting stronger with your cigars, you'll want to increase your wine bitterness. But a Merlot is a happy medium for your earthy yet flavorful cigars.

For full-bodied cigars, go for a dry red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Full-bodied cigars are stronger, thus pair well with a bitter and full-bodied wine.

Spirits

Is wine too fancy? If you go hard with cigars, go hard with alcohol. Fortunately, cigars pair well with many types of spirits.

"Spirits" describes a wide variety of liquor. Which one do you choose? A nice bourbon, whiskey, and brandy pairs amazingly with cigars. Cigars have a robust flavor. The spirit should match with the cigar, which is why dark spirits work best.

Which spirits should you avoid? The cigar will overpower any white spirits. Avoid vodka and gin when smoking a cigar.

Coffee

Are you not into alcohol? You have other options besides wine. Coffee is a perfect cigar pairing. But don't reach for the Frappe just yet - certain types of coffee pair better with cigars.

You should first reach for the dark roast. This coffee is full-bodied and has a variety of complex flavors, just like cigars. If you prefer mild cigars, you can reach for a milder coffee blend such as a medium roast.

Now You Know What to Drink With Cigars

While enjoying a cigar, why don't you enjoy a drink with it? But before picking up any beverage, you need to know what to drink with cigars.

Wine, dark-colored spirits, and coffee are favorites for so many cigar aficionados. These beverages are full-bodied and complex, just like the cigar you're smoking. What are you waiting for? Pick up a cigar and a glass!

Are you ready to relax with a cigar and your favorite beverage? Order cigars and cigar accessories from us.

Cigars for New Dads: Why It's a Tradition to Smoke a Stogie

Cigars for New Dads: Why It's a Tradition to Smoke a Stogie to Celebrate the Arrival of a New Baby

You've seen the cartoons. A new dad finds out his baby has been born and starts passing out cigars to everyone else in the hospital waiting room.

Now, smoking in the waiting room of a labor and delivery ward today would probably get you thrown out, but it wasn't so long ago that this was a much-loved tradition.

But why? Why are cigars for new dads such a common theme?
Let's take a look at the history.

Indigenous Cultures

Before Europeans ever set foot on the North American continent, the native populations were practicing gift-giving to celebrate the birth of a child.

Mostly practiced in the Pacific Northwest, these celebrations were called a Potlatch. Early cigars were among the gifts distributed, but often blankets, copper, and other valuable gifts were given.
Is this the root of the tradition? Perhaps distantly. Let's keep going.

Adopted by the Americans

The tradition in its bets recognized form seems to have begun in the early 20th century.
Birth moved into hospitals, and hospital waiting rooms were crowded with fathers awaiting the births of their children. This was long before husband coached childbirth and men being allowed into the birthing suites.

And so they would wait. And because this was the early 20th century, they would smoke.
And it makes sense. Even now, with modern medicine, childbirth isn't exactly the safest of endeavors. And for a man who can do nothing but wait...it's a stressful time. Smoking helped pass the time and relieve stress during the long hours.

It's also worth noting that the cigar has been a celebratory tradition for as long as its been present in the western world. So it was only a matter of time before fathers, already smoking while awaiting the birth of a child, would celebrate it in such a manner.

Cigar companies got in on the action by releasing "It's a Boy!" and "It's a Girl" cigars, available often in packs of ten. These became so common that, by the 1950's, you could buy them in hospital gift shops or order them online at Cuenca Cigars.

Cigars for New Dads: A Tradition Adapted

Although smoking is not allowed in hospitals, and especially on the labor and delivery floor, the Cigars are still a tradition and most dads celebrate with friends after the birth. Splurging on celebratory cigars to mark your transition into fatherhood is a worthy thing. After all, your life is different now. You're a parent. What an amazing moment.

And what better way to mark it than to take part in a tradition shared by your father and grandfather, going back generations? There is something powerful about traditions passed from father to son, as sons become fathers.

Looking for the best cigars to celebrate the birth of your next generation? Take a look at some of our fine smokeables here.