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Best Cigars to Pair With Jameson Whiskey

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Shane K.

When we think of Irish whiskey, most of us stop at Jameson. It’s the bestselling Irish whiskey in the world and the third bestselling whiskey period. Ironically, the man whose name is on the bottle, John Jameson, hailed from Scotland in the town of Alloa in the Central Lowlands. Jameson was the son-in-law of the founder of the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin where the whiskey was first made. The distillery was founded in 1780. Jameson took possession of it 1805 and renamed it the John Jameson and Son Irish Whiskey Company in 1810. Surprisingly, the first bottles of Jameson weren’t sold until 1968. Jameson was only sold by the cask for close to two centuries. Today, of the 56 million bottles of Jameson produced annually, ninety percent are exported. If you’ve got a favorite Jameson, we’ve got a good cigar to go with it. 

Jameson & La Aroma de Cuba

Before the original Jameson is poured into your shot glass for last call, it’s been triple distilled from the finest pot still and grain whiskeys and aged in oak casks for four years. An aroma of honey and pear blesses the nose with hints of citrus before the clean, straightforward taste of Jameson leaves an impression of vanilla, malt, cocoa, and fruit on the palate. Bold but balanced notes of cocoa, brown sugar, cedar, and spice charm the taste buds in several well-made shapes in La Aroma de Cuba, an historic Cuban-legacy cigar blended by award-winning cigar-maker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia.

Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition & Perdomo Habano Sun Grown

When the makers of Jameson created their Caskmates IPA Edition, they were clearly signaling to beer lovers to sip their whiskey. The mating of Jameson whiskey and craft IPA barrels creates a crisp, hoppy profile. Its citrusy, herbal taste reveals delicate spices with a smooth and grainy finish, while nutty notes of grapefruit and wood entertain the nose. Perdomo Habano Sun Grown is a good partner because it’s blended from a Cuban-seed wrapper grown in Nicaragua and a brawny interior of Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos in a series of thick, cool-burning shapes.

Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition & Nub Maduro

When a whiskey distiller has a drink with a brewer of craft beer, only good things can happen. In the case of Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition, barrels were traded and whiskey wound up resting in casks that once held craft beer. Pear, apple, hazelnut, and milk chocolate aromas emanate ahead of a hoppy, cocoa-bean profile with a long milky finish of butterscotch and wood. Keep your cigar short and sweet with Nub Maduro. Plenty of complexity is packed in a squatty, sweet, and spicy 4 x 60 format.

Jameson Black Barrel & Arturo Fuente Hemingway

Charry notes of bourbon punctuate the punchy taste of Jameson Black Barrel because the wood is catalyzed to create greater intensity. A dessert-like nose of fudge, butterscotch, and toffee arouses the senses before a nutty and spicy profile of vanilla settles over the palate. Fire up an Arturo Fuente Hemingway in an iconic Figurado, like the Short Story or Signature, for an excellent concentration of cedar, chestnuts, cinnamon, and baking spices.

Jameson 12 Year & San Cristobal Revelation

Complex aromas of grain, vanilla, butterscotch, and spice fill the nose in Jameson 12 Year. Tasting notes of sherry, toffee, caramel, and wafers wield a sweet and supple profile over the palate. Cinnamon and wood make an appearance in the finish of a graceful Irish whiskey. San Cristobal Revelation unleashes notes of cocoa, black pepper, smoked almond, and coffee bean in a creamy, medium-bodied cigar thanks to a milky Ecuador Sumatra wrapper and a mature blend of premium Nicaraguan long-fillers.

Jameson 18 Year & Padron 1964 Anniversary

In Jameson 18 Year, the whiskey rests in hand-picked oak casks from Europe and America and is finished in first-fill bourbon barrels to create a more sophisticated profile. Mellow notes of toffee and spice precede long, indulgent flavors of vanilla, leather, sherry, nuts, and wood with a succulent mouthfeel. The top-rated taste of Padron 1964 Anniversary hails from the finest Nicaraguan tobaccos aged to perfection in a collection of iconic box-pressed shapes. Notes of cedar, cayenne, leather, and cocoa captivate the taste buds from the first puff to the last.

Jameson Gold Reserve & Oliva Serie V Melanio

The rare and top-shelf taste of Jameson Gold Reserve received a whopping 94 points in Jim Murray’s influential Whisky Bible. This delicate whiskey is aged in American virgin oak barrels and imparts creamy notes of honey, melon, pepper, and oak with a soft finish. Oliva Serie V Melanio was rated 96 points and a prestigious ‘Cigar of the Year’ title from Cigar Aficionado in 2014. A caramel-hued Ecuador Sumatra wrapper is the finishing touch on a medium-bodied blend of well-aged Nicaraguan long-fillers.

Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve & Ashton VSG

Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve isn’t easy to find, but it shouldn’t be based its name and because every master distiller at Jameson has a hand in making this Irish whiskey exceptional. Only the oldest whiskeys go into this award-winning edition. A nose of molasses, licorice, melon, and plum sets the stage for the toasted sweetness of Port and dark fudge that follows on the palate. An oily Ecuador Sumatra wrapper leaf conceals a luscious and tangy blend of premium Dominican binder and filler tobaccos matured for maximum smoothness in Ashton VSG. Notes of cedar, leather, espresso, and earth culminate in a sublime profile.

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