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  1. #1
    Advanced Taster
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Pipe/bourbon pairing?

    I certainly hope us non-cigar smokers can also use this section of the forum to discuss tobacco/bourbon pairings - this could be a great additional section if that is the case. Just to start things off, I like to try tobaccos which geographically as well as gustatorily connect with a specific spirit. In the case of a good single-barrel or small batch bourbon, this might be a good dark-stoved Virginia such as McClelland's Dark Star - very rich, cool and complex, with lemony and dark-chocolate overtones. Try this with Knob Creek or Kentucky Spirit. Or a classic Virginia/perique blend - the most famous is the celebrated Escudo. Nothing but Virginia and perique, spun into a thick rope and compacted, like sailors used to do with sailcloth and tightly-wrapped twine. The taste is honest, medium-sweet, and full of the subtle fig-juice taste and power of the perique. Try this one with Woodford Reserve or Rare Breed. These are pure tobaccos, non-aromatic, without sugary casings to make them burn hot but smell like gummi bears to your kids. I would stay away from the classic English latakia blends - these orientals smell like campfires (the tobacco is smoked over tarry shrub fires, possibly along with camel dung, at least from what all my college friends used to opine), and do best with their logical spirit brothers - the huge, stormy, Harris tweed and sea-spray Islay malts like Lagavulin. Just as an aside - keep a bottle of Talisker Skye malt somewhere behind all the bourbons, and have a taste once in a while. We all need to keep our minds and taste buds open, and "Scotland the Brave" with a pipe and drum corps in the background is a lovely thing to hear while raising a glass.

    Ralph Wilps

  2. #2
    The Boss
    Join Date
    Jan 2000
    Northern CA

    Re: Pipe/bourbon pairing?

    You are absolutely welcome to discuss whatever sort of tobacco you wish to consume with your libation here. The description of "cigar/bourbon pairing" was a slip up on my part, and has been rectified.
    Naming the forum "Smokes" was intended to be all inclusive; then images of someone describing in no uncertain detail how they liked to burn the bomber of good California KGB came to me in waves, hence the cigar description. In any event, thanks for your contribution and enjoy the forum.


    Jim Butler

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2002

    Re: Pipe/bourbon pairing?

    Ahhhh, I am new here and am very pleased to see others that enjoy smoking a pipe as I do. I am fairley new to bourbon, but have been smoking pipes for sometime now. I will have to try some of your sugestions, sorry I have none of my own, but hopefully that will change.

  4. #4
    Bourbonian of the Year 2003 and Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Feb 2002

    Re: Pipe/bourbon pairing?

    Welcome on , Magnus. Hope you find this entertaining and enjoyable.



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