Whisky and Cigars with Robert Graham’s

Guest Blogger: Whisky and Cigars

Now, Lucas and I know absolutely nothing about cigars. It is quite surprising, since by all accounts, a dram and a cigar are a fine match. I probably know more about cricket or women’s fashion than I do about cigars.

This is where a guest blogger steps in. Big thanks to Lawrence Head from Robert Graham Whiskies and Cigars for taking the time to give us suggestions on Cigar/Whisky matches. Looking forward to testing these out.


Lawrence Head:


(Don’t let the McDonald’s  fool you. He is a discerning gent)


Have you ever gazed glumly down at your glass full of that Scottish, amber nectar and felt something was missing? Ever looked at your hand whilst sucking on your favourite cigar and felt a strange, inexplicable sense of loss? Its probably because whisky and cigars are a match made in heaven, and if you’ve not introduced your liquor cabinet to your humidor it’s practically a sin. Here are a few suggestions to get the ball rolling in favour of that jaw dropping combination…

Firstly a few basic terms:

Ring Gauge: The ring gauge of a cigar is a measurement of its diameter expressed in 64ths of an inch. For example, a cigar with a ring gauge of 42 means that it is 42/64 inches thick.

Here is an example of some of the sizes of cigars:


For ‘The Aspirational Novice’

So you’ve perhaps not been smoking cigars for decades, don’t worry, the slim ring gauge and brevity of the H. Upmann Petit Corona makes this a perfect novice smoke. It possesses sublime but easily accessible flavours of sweet spices, accompanied by a high, grassy aroma. This cigar will mellow out to a peppery woody finish with a delicious tobacco kick and is sure to have you melting into a puddle of satisfied contentment in your favourite armchair. The simple and highly enjoyable flavours of the Petit Corona make it the ideal companion to the Speyside classic ‘Tomintoul’, the 16 year old batch provides a light and complex dram with plenty to keep the palate occupied including dried fruits and orange zest.

Buy Tomintoul 16 here

Buy the Petit Corona Cigar here

For ‘The Ambitious Intermediate’

Hoyo de Monterrey may be known for producing cigars towards the weaker end of the strength chart, this doesn’t mean the Epicure No. 2 doesn’t have wonderful complexity and overwhelming charm. The flavours of this classic robusto sized cigar evolve steadily throughout the smoke, whilst never becoming to soft or too sharp, autumn leaves on a dewy morning and toasted almonds intensify and culminate in the richest, deepest roasting hazelnut finish. Mind you don’t burn your fingertips, because letting an ‘Epi Two’ go is like losing a member of the family. The natural born best friend of this cigar is the Aberlour A’bunadh, at a cask strength of 60.5% it is roaring with sherry flavours and crackling spices with a long, cocoa and continued sherry finish. These two are simply meant to be.

Buy A’bunadh here

Buy the Epicure 2 cigar here

For ‘The Intrepid Connoisseur’

Legend of the Cohiba Behike has spread far and wide, with its ambitious ring gauge range of 52, 54, or believe it or not, 56. It is the ultimate testimony to complexity and power, the secret being the 6th leaf added to the blend known as the Medio Tiempo, taken from the top of the tobacco plant where it gets most sunlight…and develops the most strength. Released in limited amounts each year this cigar is for the maestro who wishes to indulge in one of the most eagerly awaited additions to the Cohiba line. It possesses a world of smoothness and coffee undertones in the first third, deepening to red wine and that Cuban sweet and sour taste which we can’t get enough of. Merge this with Robert Graham’s own 17 year old Speyside, ‘The Dancing Stag’ and whole new worlds of hedonism will open. This is a bold dram, with the absolute richest of tastes of deep, elegant autumnal fruits and hints of citrus. Jim Murray recognised this single malt’s excellence by bestowing it a 92.5% rating in his renowned ‘Whisky Bible’.

Buy Speyside Dancing Stag here

Buy the Cohiba Behike cigar here

So don’t let time trickle away without allowing your palate to experience the eternal friendship of the whisky and cigar, instead, why not indulge yourself with the iconic products of Scotland and Cuba.


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