Last Friday I spent a few hours at my local archery club, doing prep-work for the upcoming 3D Season. It was an absolutely beautiful day to be outside and after about four hours working in the woods, I made my way home. I walked in the front door, grabbed an AJ Fernandez New World from my travel humidor, and picked up my bottle of Macallan 12 Year before heading out to the back porch to join my wife.
The Scotch was a Christmas gift from my wife. I don’t know why I hadn’t opened it yet, it is my favorite scotch after all. As I poured the glass my wife remarked that the Macallan smelled rather potent. It had been a while since I had any but it smelled wonderful to me.
I raised the glass to my lips and took the very first sip. It was not at all like I remembered. It had a bit more bite than I was expecting and the aroma was overwhelming. I tried adding a few drops of water. When that didn’t work I dropped an ice cube into the glass.
Had my taste changed or did I get a bad bottle? Maybe it was just an off day for me? Whatever the reason, I had to choke down the remainder of the glass before switching up to a little Woodford Reserve while I finished off my cigar.
This little experience of mine begs the question, how have your tastes changed? Do you still enjoy the same spirits with cigars or do you find yourself turning to different varieties? What are you drinking these days and what is your favorite adult beverage to pair with a cigar?
The photo that you see above was posted on Cigar Noise. Apparently it was liked enough to be stolen and stuck on Instagram. It seems to be gone now but I found the screen capture amusing. #CigarBallinYo