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This is another one of those Limited Edition dealies from Viaje.  It’s an odd shape really, closed at both ends.  I cut the foot a little before I light it.  First few puffs and it reminds me some of the Skull & Bones blend, but it seems to not have as much punch.

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Viaje C-4

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Speaking of Zen…

If you get a chance, listen to “Enjoy the Ride” by Morcheeba.  Kinda sums up this whole thing (I think).

Pretty cool video too.  Insert a cigar for the ethereal tombstone surfing creatures.  I’m sure it’s on YouTube.

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Cigar Pairings

So there is much discussion regarding pairing drinks with cigars.  Here’s my view on the subject.  Please note these are my personal views and I welcome other views and opinions in the comment section.

Water – A must if nothing else.  Helps cleanse the palate and keeps the mouth from getting too dry.  My go-to beverage when I try a cigar for the first time.

Scotch – Now we’re talking!  Another great pairing with all cigars, the flavors match perfect with cigars.  My “everyday” favorite are: Isle of Jura 10 year and Glenfarclas 15 year.

Aged Rum – you haven’t truly enjoyed a cigar until you’ve smoked one accompanied by some Zaya (drink it neat).

Other Booze – Sweet liqours like Bailey’s and Kahlua work well.  Dark liquors like whiskey, borboun and cognac pair together as well.  Light liquors and fruity liquors usually strike the palate wrong when accompanying a cigar.

  • Atlanta Mike’s Drink – 2 shots of vodka and 1 shot each of Kahlua, Frangelico and Amaretto on ice.

Port– Tawnies yes.  Rubies no.  A good tawny has that oakiness and leathery rich body that pairs great with a stronger bodied cigar.  My fave is Osborne’s Tawny (cheap too!).

Coffee – Another great pairing.  Any coffee goes good with a cigar, just be mindful to match the body of your coffee with that of your cigar.  My fave has to be Larry’s Beans (try the Mountain Sumatra).

Beer– Some folks like beer with cigars.  I haven’t found one that goes well with any cigar.  Some like dark beer like porters and stouts as the richness and chocolatey-ness compliment the cigar flavor profile.  But that’s not the problem I have with beer and cigars, it’s the hops.  Hops have a bitterness/sourness to them that imparts those tastes onto the cigar.  So a good cigar may taste sour when paired with beer.

Wine – My personal opinion is that wine does not pair with cigars.  Period.  Cigar Aficionado uses wine tasting cues to help describe flavors they get in cigars, but that is where the compatibility ends.  Fruit and tobacco wreck the palate when combined for me.

Soda – This is a weird one.  Regular cola soft drinks can be too sugary and distract from the flavors of the cigar.  But for some strange reason, diet cola sodas work for me.  Must be the aspartame.  That said, folks have different reactions to aspartame, so this is just a recommendation based on my taste buds.  Oh and of course fruity sodas like Mountain Dew and Sunkist don’t work.

Apple Juice – this is a great palate cleanser.  Seriously!  Great for multiple smoke events.

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