Bruchladdich's Octomore Paired With Felix Assouline's Two Saints

Two Saints

The La Nuit Blanche vitola is six inches long with a fifty four ring gauge and it looks perfect.  The succulent wrapper is glossy with a tight box press and no daylight between the seams  The bluntly pointed head has a neat cap and the foot exudes a classic barnyard aroma with undertones of leather. The label could stand to have a little more elegance but the colors (black and gold with a nice touch of gray) play up the darkness of the wrapper.  The surface of the cigar is bumpy without being toothy and there are very few veins to disturb the cigar’s aesthetic.  Most of Felix’s cigars are box pressed and this is no exception but the box press is more rectangular than most which is perfectly suiting to the shape of your average mouth.  

The first third started with an easy light and the cigar matured very quickly almost as if I was starting in the second third (this is a rare treat). The quality of the smoke is rich and creamy with an effortless draw carrying notes of dark chocolate and cocoa.  The second third introduced the first indication of the cigar's complexity as spice and pepper came to the fore.  The excellence of the draw and the quality of the smoke remained the same but the intensity of the body is also starting to emerge.  As I entered the last throws of the second third I decided to perform the marriage.  The flavors combined magically as the smoke from the cigar infused the Octomore and the peat infused sweet flavors of the Scotch filtered the smoke of the cigar.  For that one moment I was in a state of bliss. Entering the last third the flavored stayed the same but I was not at a loss for it.  The true characteristics of this cigars greatness are based on solid flavors, smoke quality, wonderful draw, and balanced transitions.  

Bruchladdich's Octomore Single Malt Whisky

Outside of church no two things are created equal.  As with cars the same is true of Scotch in that a station wagon and a Ferrari are both considered to be automobiles but no one worth their own salt would prefer the former.   The very same analogy applies to Octomore and every other Scotch (yes, even Lagavulin and Laphroaig).  Am I biased?  Hell yeah.  I love Islay Scotch but not just for the peat, the salt, the briny flavors, or a medicinal notes.  I like distinction and flare. This is a Scotch after my own heart.  If I died and were reincarnated as a Scotch I would want to come back an Octomore.

Check the box on this being the most peat flavored Scotch that you have ever tried but don't let that fool you into thinking that this is one trick pony.  This dram is almost 130 proof, its complex, sweet, and somehow smooth.  The packaging is exquisite and the bottle is frosted which adds a nice touch to the deep amber tones of its contents. When nosing this nectar the senses become animated.  You're forced to anticipate the flavor because you have never smelled anything like it.  

Two Saints Rating Criteria (1 to 10)

1). Aesthetic - well constructed, tight, rectangular box press (2.0)
2). Strength - firm and intense (1.9)
3). Draw - perfect, effortless, even burn, ash holding (2.0)
4). Taste - cocoa, dark chocolate, mild leather, white pepper, all spice (1.9)

5). Complexity - the second third introduced spice and pepper and the third shifted in intensity of the flavors  (1.7)

Total score = (9.5)

A wonderful cigar that needs more press because its simply better than the bigger brands

Octomore Rating Criteria (1 to 10)

1). Color - golden amber (2.0)
2). Smell - phenolic, penetrating medicinal notes, deep peat,cream, hard candy (2.0)
3). Body - stimulatingly firm, doesn’t give an inch (2.0)
4). Taste - dried fruits, cereal, cream, intense peat, saltiness too boot(2.0)

5). The Finish - it will shalack the walls and leave an indelible mark (2.0)

Total = (10.0)

This is a flavor profile and experience that cannot be faked or duplicated. Its the unfettered flavor of the best whisky producing region on the planet

Simply put, I waver way too much.  I felt the best general pairing partner for a cigar was single malt Scotch.  As the years passed my exposure and thus my palate evolved. I gravitated to Cognac, Armagnac, red wine, and Rum (in no particular order).  I conclude that robust red wines are simply the best, generally, but when my favorite single malt enters the equation I capitulate. I revert back to old faithful, Islay single malt.  In this pairing Bruichladdich’s Octomore, the Kraken of peat monsters, takes centerstage.  The pairing partner is Felix Assouline’s Two Saints which is like smoking dark chocolate nestled in waves of creamy wood flavored smoke.   This cigar is the quintessential Nicaraguan puro consisting of Jamastran Criollo wrapper from 1998, Jamastran Binder, and a Jamastran Jalapa filler.  Sounds like an infallible recipe for success.


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