Whiskey and Cigars

Back in later September, Gilbertsville Cigar Factory hosted an event with Island Jim. In addition to the usual cigar event, there was also Live Music by Dan O’Brien and a Whiskey Tasting from Manatawny Still Works.

I always enjoy these events because its a great opportunity for my wife (who doesn’t smoke cigars) and I to get away from the kids for a little while and enjoy some adult time together – which is hard to come by these days with three little girls in the house.

Ever since starting my own business a year and a half ago, virtually all of my spare time is spent working. This has caused me to see cigars much differently than I used to. More often than not, when I have a cigar, it isn’t to kick back and relax – its to have a little something while I work.

The event at Gilbertsville Cigar Factory opened my eyes to two things in particular.

  1. I don’t spent nearly as much time as I should just relaxing and enjoying things outside of work.
  2. Whiskey by itself is pretty interesting but when paired with a good cigar, it can be downright amazing

During the event I had the opportunity to try a variety of spirits from Manatawny Still Works. The one that I kept coming back to was their Small Batch #19. It had so much depth and complexity that I couldn’t help but to leave with a bottle.

Since then I’ve been pairing it with different cigars and I find that it goes wonderfully with those with a bit of spice – such as the AJ Fernandez New World and La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero.

These pairings have gone a long way in rekindling my passion for both cigars and spirits. While I can’t promise to have the kind of time that I used to and become a regular presence here on Stogie Review – I’d like to start posting a bit more regularly, outlining my adventures in pairing cigars and spirits.

To kick things off, I’d love some feedback. Please drop a comment below and tell me your absolute favorite pairing – I’d love to give it a try!