First let me preface by saying that I am somewhat of a noob to the appreciation of cigars. I have smoked many cigars over the years but only for the past year have I really been in search of what I truly appreciate. So take this at face value.
I have a pretty decent palate when it comes to wine/beer/scotch (my beverages of choice) tasting. But I have had a difficult time pulling distinct flavours from the cigars I have been smoking. There are quite a few cigars I enjoy; Macanudo Maduro, Hoyo de Monterey Maduro, Gurkha Titan, Cigar.com Blue Label to name a few. While I've enjoyed these for the "body" of the smoke I haven't been able to put a finger on what precise flavours I enjoyed most from these.
I recently purchased some CAO Blacks and I have to say that these are my new favourite. My first impression was with the wrapper. Oily, consistent, waxy. At first the waxy wrapper threw me off but after smoking the whole thing down I found that this was truly a positive attribute. The wrapper was never soggy or saturated. It lit well, it burned well. In fact, the ash was bone white, tightly wrapped, and never broke away until I decided it was time to do so.
The thing that impressed me the most was the flavour and it's ability to pair. The first one I lit, I smoked along side a North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. It tied in with the bitter specialty malts perfectly and I was able to pick up heavy cocoa and chocolate flavours about 2/3rds in.
Tonight I smoked another, but this time paired with a Glenlivet Nadurra 16 year. At first I wasn't sure that these would go. I find that much of the time the smoke of a cigar will overpower a good scotch muting much of the character. While these didn't completely mate on the frontend, they really brought out the best in each other on the finish. Flavours I hadn't found in either on their own were brought forward with a punch; again, cocoa and a lingering graham cracker, wheaty mouth between each puff.
Really consistent overall from build to smoke. I really can't wait to see how this new favourite pairs with a nice red wine.
If you guys/girls have any suggestions for cigars that pair really well with beer or wine, I would love to hear about it.