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Ashton’s La Aroma de Cuba and Southern Tier’s Imperial Series

We couldn’t resist these pairings. You have a brewery that took an amazing Imperial Stout recipe and tweaked it using different ingredients, calling it the Black Water Series. You have Ashton’s La Aroma de Cuba which has three different varieties, the standard LDC, the Edicion Especail, and the Mi Amor. So we paired them using only our knowledge of the products on their own and hoped for the best. The results were astonishing. Our customers had a blast with this new challenge and we think you will too!

LA AROMA DE CUBA MONARCH (6 X 52 ) with SOUTHERN TIER BLACK WATER SERIES MOKAH Stout.

The thick cigar comes out of the gate with rich, bold flavors of chocolate, leather and spices while the beer has …drum-roll please…mocha! In addition to the mocha, or Mohak as they spell it, the beer brings a semi-sweet combination of roasted malts and brown sugar. When paired they don’t really change each other, which is not a bad thing because both are superb. But the interesting thing is that at the right temperature (48*F) every taste of the  beer coats your tongue and gives you an even smoother smoking experience.

 

LA AROMA DE CUBA MI AMOR MAGNIFICO (6 X 52) with SOUTHERN TIER BLACK WATER SERIES OAT Stout.

The pairing favors the cigar and it’s not even close. On its own the beer is a silky stout with tons of semi-sweet, roasted malt flavors. With the cigar it takes on a slightly sour characteristic that does not favor it. However, the cigar has the black tobacco component cancelled out of the palate, so you’re left with just the chocolate and roasted nuts to enjoy. The LDC – Mi Amor essentially becomes the ultimate dessert cigar. It is a stark difference for both the beer and the cigar.

 

LA AROMA DE CUBA EDICION ESPECIAL NO. 1 ( 5 5/8 X 46 ) with SOUTHERN TIER BLACK  WATER SERIES CHOKLAT Stout.

This is probably the most complementary pairing of the three. On its own the beer goes down like liquid Hershey’s with a high alcohol kick while the cigar provides a balanced profile of wood, nuts, and cinnamon. Together, the cigar brings the chocolate down a tad in the beer and the beer brings out an extra smooth and creamy characteristic in the cigar. Be mindful of temperatures since most of the nuances in the pairing don’t show up if the beer is served too cold.

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