Cigar Pairing: San Cristobal Elegancia from Ashton
This pairing takes the smoking experience to the next level. Beyond the combination of textures and tastes, when combined each of the components stand out individually and enhance the cigar’s natural characteristics. I’m very impressed with this one, and I believe that this scotch was made for this cigar!
The San Cristobal Elegancia features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and fillers and is a mild plus to medium bodied cigar. On its own, I taste notes of cedar, nuts, and earthy qualities along with a pleasant spice through the nose. The smoke is very creamy and is very rich in flavor.
Now, when you introduce the different elements from the pairing- magical things happen!
With the introduction of the walnuts, a subtle sweetness became more pronounced as did the natural flavor of the walnuts in the cigar. The spice faded more into the background, until you take a bite of the dried fig. Wow, with the dried figs the spice becomes very prominent! I find that the body of the cigar with the fig tastes more on the fuller medium bodied side as well. Taking another bite of the walnuts mellowed out the spice yet again and made for a lovely comparison of flavor notes. I found my attention bouncing between the tastes that were becoming more noticeable.
Then enter the scotch- beautiful! Everything really comes through when all of these items are brought together, it’s amazing. The scotch both separated and brought all the flavors together at the same time. Each flavor was very definite, but all were equally prominent. This enhancement of the taste along with the texture of the smoke made for a great experience of the senses. The tongue being coated with the previous flavors of the walnuts and figs, then the scotch was the perfect set up for the smoke.
The experience became more personal as now I have a direct connection with each of the components involved, and how they interact with one another. I highly recommend you enjoy this tasting at home and especially during the next Ashton event at your local cigar shop. It’s nice to be able to enjoy a tasting with other cigar smokers in your community.
Take your time with each of the ingredients and see how your taste transitions from one to the next. Change up the order, experiment, and have fun with this pairing.