|The Cigar and its Pairings|
|The Oktoberfest Beers - Märzen|
As I got into the second third of the cigar the flavors of the cigar changed a little, but overall it was very constant. I think this cigar is really nice, but it really needs to be paired with beer to shows its strengths. The second third showed a lot of dark chocolate and oak notes up front, but it finished with a nice earth, bread and spice flavor. The second third of the cigar was definitely a lot better than the first third, and because of its increase in strength as well, was pairing even better with the beers. As for beers in the second third, I was still sampling all of them, but I was down to my final three which I mentioned earlier. At this point I think the Spaten is out of the race, and now it goes head to head with the Sam Adams and Saranac. I liked the Spaten, but I just did not think it was pairing as well with the cigar. It was at this point that my wife came out to see if I was still sober, and wanted to taste some beers as well. She sampled the beers and cigar, and found that I was right on with my pairing as well. The cigar was still burning perfectly and producing wonderful smoke as well.
I am in the final third now and the cigar is going strong. It is showing some nice chocolate, spice and bread flavors up front, but it also is showing that malt, earth and wood flavors from earlier. It is probably medium-full in body, but really balanced and unique. I have smoked cigars with beers before, but this is by far the best pairing I have ever had. I have finished most of the beers, well the ones I think did the best, and this has been great. Quesada Cigars did an amazing job with this blend, and I look forward to smoking it with other beers this fall. The cigar burned slow and cool all the way to the end, and when I put it down I was still tasting the wonderful flavors from earlier. A great cigar that was great with these beers. Now which beer did I prefer?
|The Beers and Cigars|