What is the Best Pairing of Cigars and Scotch Whisky Made in Scotland

4010472-Scotland-flag-0Scotch Whisky, often simply called Scotch, is Malt Whisky or Grain Whisky made in Scotland. Scotch Whisky must be made in a manner specified by law.

It’s actually a highly regulated type of drink.   Other types of drinks come in wide ranges of types and flavors.  However Scotch Whisky isn’t like that,  All Scotch whisky must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years.  Any age statement on a bottle of Scotch whisky, expressed in numerical form, must reflect the age of the youngest whisky used to produce that product. A whisky with an age statement is known as guaranteed-age whisky.

The following must be complied with in order to be called Scotch Whisky:

  • Produced at a distillery in Scotland from water and malted barley (to which only whole grains of other cereals may be added) all of which have been:
    • Processed at that distillery into a mash
    • Converted at that distillery to a fermentable substrate only by endogenous enzyme systems
    • Fermented at that distillery only by adding yeast
    • Distilled at an alcoholic strength by volume of less than 94.8% (190 US proof)
  • Wholly matured in an excise warehouse in Scotland in oak casks of a capacity not exceeding 700 litres (185 US gal; 154 imp gal) for at least three years
  • Retaining the colour, aroma, and taste of the raw materials used in, and the method of, its production and maturation
  • Containing no added substances, other than water and plain (E150A) caramel colouring
  • Comprising a minimum alcoholic strength by volume of 40% (80 US proof)

Well that’s the technical specs for Scotch,  but what about the Cigars?

Scotch is a rather strong drink.   So a very mellow cigar would be drowned out by the Whisky.

Looking for stronger cigars we came up with the following:

Opus X Perfecxion X Cigars | This cigar is one of the stronger cigars, rated 91

Length 6 1/4 Inches
Diameter 48 Ring
Rating 91
Origin Dominican Republic
Strength Full Bodied
Shape Regular
Wrapper Shadegrown
Packaging Stick

OpusX is the premiere cigar line in the Arturo Fuente Cigar family. Made by Tabacalera A. Fuente, this cigar is consistently ranked as one of the single most sought-after cigar in the world by Cigar Aficionado.   Coupled with a good Scotch Whisky you are bound to have a great time.

Prensado Churchill – By Alec Bradley Cigars

Diameter 48 Ring
Rating 93
Wrapper Corojo
Strength Full Bodied
Origin Honduras
Shape Regular
Packaging Stick

Another one that might be worth a try would be:

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero 700 Maduro Cigars

Diameter 60 Ring
Origin Dominican Republic
Strength Full Bodied
Wrapper Maduro
Shape Regular
Packaging Stick

If you have any other ideas let us know.

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