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Cigars & Spirits: Perfecto Pairings to Expand Your Palate

April 19, 2020

“The surprising level of spice in Heritage makes for a great cigar malt, for sure, a bold and bright interplay in which the cigar actually provides the sweetness and balance.” - Greg Mays

MICALLEF CONNECTICUT
ALFRED GIRAUD HERITAGE FRENCH MALT WHISKY

Micallef has made quite the name in the craft cigar space over the past few years. It seems they have arrived big time and are now considered a major brand by most. Micallef Cigars is a Texas-based business with cigars that are blended and rolled by the Gomez Sanchez family in Nicaragua. Every Micallef cigar I smoke is impeccably built and very flavorful.

The Connecticut is the same. Citrus notes on the cold draw, the smoke production and draw are equally pleasing. Additional flavors include sweet pipe tobacco, and buttery pastry on the tongue with a dry and nutty mouthfeel.

I paired the Micallef Connecticut with Alfred Giraud Heritage, a French single malt whiskey. The name Alfred Giraud is already synonymous with Cognac and they are now releasing a line of single malt whiskies in the States that are aged in—you guessed it—cognac casks. Heritage is their top-of-the-line offering.

Giraud Heritage is wood-spicy, with complementary citrus notes to the Micallef Connecticut, veering toward lime with an almost tropical undertone. Distantly, there is something like red wine present as well, viscous and meaty. The surprising level of spice in Heritage makes for a great cigar malt, for sure, a bold and bright interplay in which the cigar actually provides the sweetness and balance.

Strength-wise, this pairing is on the lighter side, great for a warm afternoon with an hour or two to relax, smoke and sip.

Size: 6 x 52 Toro
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
MSRP (cigar): $9
MSRP (whiskey): $300

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Alfred Giraud - French malt whisky
Alfred Giraud - French malt whisky