The Teeling Irish whiskey is a small batch, non-chill filter Irish whiskey. The whiskey is paired with a Te-Amo Nicaraguan Blend cigar. The cigar is a mild to medium cigar, it was very flavorful. It had a slightly nutty to earthy flavor. The cigar and whiskey combination created slight spicy-peppery notes. The ash length and “staying power” showed evidence of short fillers used in the making of the cigar. The ash fell off early during the smoking period so I have reason to believe that short fillers are used in the Te-Amo Nicaraguan cigar blend. It seemed to be a nicely rolled cigar.
The Teeling Small Batch Irish whiskey was finished in a rum cask for about six months. The rum cask imparts the rum sweetness into whiskey which create a smoothness to the taste. For a little more information on the Teeling whiskey, you can head over and see what we passed on when we reviewed the Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey; https://loversofwhisky.com/teeling-small-batch-irish-whiskey-review/. The flavors between the whiskey and cigar slowly started to balance nicely. The cigar has the length of a Churchill which measured at 7 inches in length and the flavor seemed to balance out after 1 inch had been smoked.
The Te-Amo World Selection Series Nicaraguan Blend cigar was very smooth in flavor. My tasting notes might be a little off from the cigar aficionados but I will say that it had a very woodsy, kind of oakey flavor to it. The cigar reminded me of slightly dry hickory flavor. I am looking forward to pairing this cigar with an aged statement type of single malt scotch whiskey. I am anticipating that the flavors will combine really well. I’m looking forward to that experiment!
Smoking this cigar and sipping on this particular whiskey created a very relaxing, enjoyable experience. You could sip, smoke and chill out with a good book, like the one I am currently reading – “The Ultimate Cigar Book“, which is the fourth edition by a Mr. Richard Carleton Hacker. It’s a very in depth book. I would actually recommend it for a cigar beginner who wants to learn about the history of cigars, where it all started, how it’s slowly progressing. You will learn how cigars progressed through different regions and countries and understand the part that cigars have played in history.
In conclusion, the Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey had a slight fierceness in the flavor. The Te-Amo Nicaraguan cigar has a very mild-medium flavor with a slight bite. The whiskey and cigar created an interesting combination when paired together and they would probably be better on their own. The pairing didn’t create a smooth marriage between the two and the road was a bit bumpy. I am looking forward to pairing the Te-Amo cigar with a different whiskey and, as mentioned, I would like to try a single malt whisk(e)y or even a bourbon whiskey to see if there’s any difference in the flavor combination between cigar and whisk(e)y.
A good point to remember is to look at the tasting notes for the whisk(e)y and cigar to try and create a balance between the two. If I have any more information, I’ll pass it to you all but for now I will bid good night, and talk to you all soon.