This being the last #cigarSunday of March, and it being my indoor triathlon day, I thought i would treat myself to a new Scotch.
At the liquor store on Saturday i did not have any time to really look or research like i typically do, i had to go on gut instinct. A quick search, a quick read and i was in for the Aberfeldy 12 year old single malt. It is made by the Dewars Company so i figured it was a safe bet, at about 50$ a bottle i also figured i couldnt get hurt to badly on it if I didnt like it as the price point was lower then most of the others taking up space on the shelf.
Now having been disappointed with the last pairing i tried with the Don Thomas Maduro Robusto ( paired with Kilbeggan) as the whiskey didnt really hold up flavour wise with the cigar, i thought i would try it with the Aberfeldy.
So a brief trip to the Aberfeldy website promises a "Medium Amber color with aromas of potpourri, raisin, honey and vanilla on the palate and that the flavours develop into hot apple, butterscotch, baking spice with a lingering not of sweet vanilla in the finish." Wondrering if they could have fit any more flavours into the description or did the author get paid extra per example. A little much guys.
Anywho, it did have a great flavour on its own, might have missed the potpourri ( i thought that was only a thing for bathrooms in the 80's or a category on Jeopardy) I did get the vanilla both on the nose and in the finish.
It also paired well with the stronger flavour of the Maduro Robusto. The Robusto has a deep leather flavour and that coupled with the vanilla notes from the Aberfeldy was really quite a nice combo.
The only down side was the cigar itself in terms of how it burned. It was really odd, as it did not happen with the other ones I have smoked but this one almost felt hollow in the middle and burned on an angle the entire time. I hate when that happens as you have to try and almost smoke around the cigar as to get the other side to burn back to evens. I am going to chalk it up to just a bad single cigar, and give it another go in the future, because the combination of this scotch and this cigar did go very nicely together.
I am really running out of cigar options for our local store so i may have to hit the internet to come up with some other options for cigars. There seems to be a couple of cigar shops in Halifax, so a trip there may be in order in the near future.
It being Easter Sunday next weekend, I am hoping to maybe have an Easter theme next week, maybe a scotch shot hunt around the yard.
Sorry kids, not sure what happened to your father, he went looking for scotches in the woods an hour ago. Follow the ACDC songs and you may find him. Okay maybe that is not the best plan.
Sean "BigBoyRunning" Ryan