We had so much fun trying various soda pairings, we couldn’t help but do the experiment again with beer. There are way too many beer varieties for one smoke session, so we chose six beers that represented a wide array of flavors and styles. We tried to go from lightest to darkest but forgot about the Dundee Pilsner so we went lightest to darker to lighter to darkest. It all worked out in the end.
Some general notes about the process: There are two of us, so in the time it took to smoke these Gran Toro Undercrowns, we each had about three beers. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but it was enough to…make things interesting. Despite the fact that he is a giant, Nick is quite the lightweight. Full disclosure, Nick got drunk. You cannot rely on his reviews of the pairings that came towards the end of the test. You can rely on Chris (the other Cigar Nub) for those.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the Undercrown, know that it is a medium bodied smoke with creamy, delicious flavors. Our full review of the stick will be up in the coming days. Now, on to the pairings…
Brand: Ashton Country: Dominican Republic
Size: Illusion 6 1/2 x 44 Wrapper: Habano
Price: $9.80 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
Ashton has some of the classiest and most consistent cigar labels in the industry. With the Virgin Sun Grown, they do not disappoint. This label does the two things all good labels should do; draw your attention and let you know what the cigar is. If this cigar ever walks past you on the street, you will surely take notice. You may also want to cut back on the drugs. Cigars are not meant to walk down streets.
Brand: La Aurora Country: Dominican Republic
Size: Corona 5 1/2 x 43 Wrapper: Habano
Price: $6.65 (Buy)
The Label Factor
My desire to smoke a La Aurora started because of the label. It gives off both a Lion King and MGM vibe. MGM makes James Bond films, so this label is like James Bond and Simba getting together. If that sounds like something you might be interested in, keep reading.
Brand: Partagás Country: Dominican Republic
Size: Robusto 5.5×49 Wrapper: Corojo
The Label Factor:
Well, thanks goodness for random samplers, because I never would have purchased this cigar on it’s own, purely because of the underwhelming label. First of all, it’s ugly. Second of all, there are several paragraphs of Spanish text that I don’t understand and I am programmed to dislike what I don’t understand. In a nutshell, ugly label. BUT! This turned out to be a pretty enjoyable smoke, especially considering the price I paid: $0.33. This was one of three cigars from a CI sampler for $1. A cigar would have to be pretty bad for me to think it wasn’t worth $.33.