Good evening everyone. This is Jerry with Lovers of Whiskey, and tonight I paired the Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey with the Nat Sherman Host Harrington Cigar. The Nat Sherman Cigar is a mild to medium cigar. It’s about six inches in length and the ring gauge is around 48. It has a Connecticut shade wrapper and the flavor is mild.
The Nat Sherman Host Harrington Cigar had a very sweet cherry, fruity flavor. I could taste it from the wrapper and the filler tobacco used. You may even detect a slightly stronger flavor on periodic draws from the cigar. The cigar created a very calm feeling of relaxation and wellbeing which was wonderful after a long, busy, hectic day. As far as the Tyrconnell Irish whiskey goes, it gave me a bit of a bite when the cigar and whiskey came together. The flavor of the Irish whiskey and the Nat Sherman cigar created a collision when the two flavors were married together thus creating an incompatible pairing. Since the cigar had a mild flavor, I can only draw the conclusion that the whiskey was the guilty party. I’m not sure if it was the complexity of the whiskey or the tobaccos in relation to the union of the two but, the flavors were rough and a little overpowering at the beginning.
The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey and Harrington cigar created a fiery bite right on the edge of the tongue that slowly dissipated over time to a calmer state. As the length of the cigar progressed, the bite on the edge of the tongue was no longer there and the flavors started to mingle in a more harmonious fashion. The cigar held up very well and there was a consistent burn of ash which generally stayed at an inch and a half before it dropped off.
The flavors remained consistent and well balanced between the Tyrconnell Irish Whiskey and the Nat Sherman Host Harrington cigar until I reached the point where I had approximately three and one quarter inches left on the cigar. Once again I began to notice a “bite”. I tried the cigar first and did not detect any “bite” so I tried the whiskey on its own and then took a puff of the cigar, and noticed that the bite was definitely coming from the whiskey.
To read a little history of the whiskey please visit this location http://loversofwhisky.com/the-tyrconnell-single-malt-irish-whiskey/. I look forward to comments from other cigar and whiskey aficionados on how the cigar and whisky paired up. I am looking forward to future pairings of the Nat Sherman Host Harrington with other Irish whiskeys to see how they match up. The cigar retails for approximately $5.50 to $6.00 each.