Sunday, October 6, 2013

After Dinner Dessert

For this pairing I really need to set the stage. It's just after sunset on a beautiful, early October evening. I have moved to the porch after eating a wonderful dinner and am now sitting in a rocking chair getting ready to sample this weeks pairing.


Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

Cockburn's Special Reserve Port
The Cigar:
  The Perdomo 20th Anniversary line of cigars is a new cigar that was launched in 2012. Being a fan of Perdomo cigars, I was really eager to try this cigar but it wasn't until I had the pleasure of visiting the factory in Esteli, Nicaragua that I finally did. The cigar has a Cuban seed Maduro wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and filler. It's a medium to full bodied cigar that really has some great notes of coffee and cocoa. One thing I really liked was the ring gauge. Not normally a fan of bigger cigars but I smoked the robusto size which was a 5" x 56 ring gauge. It gave me a nice full, thick smoke. From start to finish the Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro cigar was balance yet complex and never had a harsh bite.

The Wine:

Since this was an after dinner pairing I decided on one of my favorite dessert wines, a Cockburn's Special Reserve Port.

This port is made from selected premium grapes in Portugal. It's aged longer than normal ports in oak vats to help it with it's wonderful balance and smooth finish. The oak is there but not overbearing in the finish. This is a great dessert win, but also on it's own anytime or with a nice sharp cheese and a fine cigar. It's extremely well balance and has very rich deep berry notes and the sweetness is not overpowering as in some ports. Just the right balance.

The Pairing:  W
hat a great way to cap off a great dinner than a cigar and a bottle of port, especially this Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro cigar and Cockburn's Special Reserve port. The two complimented each other very well with nothing dominating the other. Just a really nice blend of flavors, smooth to the end.

This pairing is also not too expensive. You can pick up the robusto size of this cigar for about $8.00 and the wine for under $20 a bottle. Making this pairing very worth the price and extremely enjoyable. I definitely recommend this paring for anyone who likes complex robust flavors that are smooth and totally enjoyable.

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