Well were back and its Wednesday! But instead of Mike getting to choose a wine, I decided it was my turn to choose the beverage of choice and well that was easy, Whisky! So today we are pairing Nikka Coffee Grain Japanese Whisky with Flor Del Valle, both Cristales and Gran Valle.
Flor Del Valle utilizes 100% Aganorsa tobacco and is rolled by Casa Fernandez at the TABSA factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.
Marca: Flor Del Valle
Vitola: Cristales & Gran Valle
Size: 6 x 42 & 5.5 x 50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa Corojo 99'
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo 99' & Criollo 98'
Nikka Coffee Grain Whisky
The profile is candy filled, a smooth candy flavor and aroma. Other notes are vanilla, honey, peaches, and a slight spice. The finish is long. Great whisky!
Flor Del Valle Pairing
Overview: Flor Del Valle starts off with a beautiful sweet spice and leans into a fruit cake aspect that is pretty dominant. This blend starts off medium body but transitions into a higher end medium/full about half way through and the fruit aspect intensifies.
Pairing it with a Nikka whisky that is dominant in fruit with a back seat of spice was not bad. Although I do drink my whisky neat, while I hate the idea of putting a whisky on the rocks, this may benefit from it (i'm talking 1 cube or a tablespoon of chilled spring water). Doing this would really bring out the profile of this whisky, and a it's aroma.
As we continued on smoking and drinking it became apparent that we need to revisit this pairing when we can have it on the rocks to give it the benefit of the doubt. Both the cigar and whisky are great individually, but together in this format...not so much.