Today we’ll be hearing about pairing Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey with the Payne-Mason Habana Uno Reserve cigar. The Payne-Mason Habana Uno Reserve measures about 6 inches. It has a very mild to medium flavor and when combining it with the Jameson Black Barrel whiskey the flavors are smooth and evenly matched. The Payne-Mason cigar flavor is mild and nutty. It’s not overpowering. If you can, think of a nut flavor similar to an almond. It’s not as robust as a pecan flavor, but it is a very good cigar. The cigar helps to bring out the boldness of the whiskey, and the two go together very well. I recommend giving the Jameson Black Barrel a try if you are into Irish Whiskeys. As previously mentioned in a review of Jameson Black Barrel Irish whiskey at https://loversofwhisky.com/?s=Jameson+Black+Barrel.
The aroma of the smoke was not overpowering. It was very mellow. The real test came later when the cigar was less than half smoked. The burn stayed consistently even all around the cigar. There were no patchy areas on the ash tip. It was a slow-burning cigar.
I found that the ash tip didn’t hold quite as long as I expected on the Payne-Mason Habana cigar. This particular Payne Mason cigar only held on at three-quarters of an inch to one inch before it dropped off.
The flavor of the Payne-Mason Habana Uno Reserve cigar remained steady. On further inspection of the cigar, I noticed a piercing in the center of the cigar which seemed to travel the length of the cigar. It was a well-defined, round hole. It just made it easier to draw on the cigar. I am not sure if the piercing had anything to do with breaking down the ash, which basically fell off every half to three-quarter inch. The piercing in the cigar is probably not needed since it did not seem as tightly rolled or wrapped as previous cigars I have smoked.
The Jameson Black Barrel Irish whiskey and the Payne-Mason Habana Reserve cigar paired well together. The flavor remained consistent between both whiskey and cigar until the cigar neared the end of its life and then the combination of the whiskey and the cigar was more robust and overwhelming to the taste buds. The flavor was more intense, a little fierier with more bite. This could have been a sign that the cigar was done and should be allowed to fade away. The cigar was down to 1.5 inches in length so it was probably nearing the end.
If you are into the fire and the bite, it might be to your liking. I recommend trying the cigar with a different whiskey to see if there are any changes with the flavors when the cigar nears the end of its smoking period. In conclusion, I would like to bid all the lovers of whiskey and cigars a good evening. I look forward to future pairings with you all.
What was your experience when you tried the pair of Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey and the Payne-Mason Habana Unos Reserve Cigar?