Pairing Cigars With Food

Pairing Cigars With Food - My Monthly Cigars - A Cigar Club For Everyone

Cigars are enjoyed in different ways at multiple times throughout the day as a way to relax and indulge in the rich, complex flavors of tobacco. Many times, people pair their cigar with a drink of choice such as coffee (like Fah King Good Coffee - shameless plug) or a nice bourbon or whiskey.

But what about food? Pairing cigars with food can elevate the experience even further.

Like food, cigars have a wide array of flavors to be enjoyed, which makes the pairing a unique and interesting combo.

So how do you go about pairing food and cigars? Here are some tips to help you enjoy the best of both worlds at the same time.

Primarily when it comes to pairing foods with cigars, you’ll need to look at two things…

Strength and flavors. This applies to both the food and cigars.

First let’s look at flavors since this is the simplest part. When it comes to flavors, you want to look for complementary flavors or contrasting flavors that balance each other out. That’s it. Simple as that.

Now let’s move on to strength which takes a bit more into account. As we said, you’ll want to consider the strength of both the cigar and the food. A full-bodied cigar will overpower delicate flavors, so you should pair it with bold or spicy dishes. Grilled meats such as a hearty juicy steak is a great pairing for a full bodied cigar.

Pairing Cigars With Food - My Monthly Cigars - A Cigar Club For Everyone 

In the mood for cheese? Go ahead and grab some! You’ll want to choose a rich, creamy cheese like a sharp cheddar or gouda. These bold flavors can complement the earthy, smoky taste of a full bodied cigar.

Pairing Cigars With Food - My Monthly Cigars - A Cigar Club For Everyone

Dessert? Grab yourself some dark chocolate or caramel. If the cigar has notes of coffee or chocolate, it’s a bonus. A cigar with earthy or woody notes can also be balanced with a dish that has a touch of sweetness. The sweetness from these foods will help even out the strength of the cigar.

On the flip side of things, if you’re looking to pair a milder cigar with a tasty dish, try complimenting it with some seafood, a salad, or some fresh fruit. Since the cigar is mild in strength, these types of foods won't overpower the flavors of the cigar, but rather enhance and complement them.

Ultimately, the best pairing is a matter of personal preference, so don't be afraid to experiment and try different combinations to find what works for your taste buds.

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