Leaf Speak

August 2020

Cigars International distributes Tatauaje Nuevitas Jibaro. They make this cigar at Tabacalera Tropical in Nicaragua. The cigar was discontinued in 2007 and recently they brought back into production.

 

It is a Nicaraguan puro. It has a full flavor with a medium to full profile. It has a Corojo ’99 wrapper leaf grown in Nicaragua. Its filler and binder are also Nicaraguan.

 

I smoked this cigar when it was 74 degrees outside with 86 percent humidity. The stick was humidified at 80 percent for a week before smoking.

 

I found this pretty smooth for a Puro with some pepper up front and then the cigar smoothed out. It had a perfect draw, just the right amount of air got in. The binder is nearly perfect with a nice oily feel. The filler had a gap which caused unexpected ash release.

 

On a smoke ring scale where 1 is awful and 5 is perfect, I rate this stick a 3. 

Trinidad Vigia

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Origin Country- Nicaragua

Average Price: 9.5 USD

The Pairing:

George Dickel was born 40 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He was an established Nashville merchant before he got into the whiskey business. 

 

When Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. opened in 1878, George Dickel bought a large share of the distillery. To this day, they only distill in the winter months because they feel that the cooler temperature makes smoother whiskey. They then chill their whiskey before passing it through charcoal filtering. This is called the Lincoln County Process and this is the same process that Jack Daniels goes through.

 

According to the state of Tennessee, in order to call your spirit Tennessee Whiskey, the distillery must follow certain requirements, including that the whiskey be distilled in TN and that it goes through the Lincoln Process. This is what separates Tennessee whiskey from bourbon.

 

Dickle #8 is a blend aged 5 to 6 years, not 8 years as one could discern from the spirits name. This spirit has light butterscotch and wood flavors, some peanuts on the front end and it has a corn-forward finish. It’s very smooth with no kick at the end. You have to chew it for a while to get full flavor from it. The longer you drink it the more butterscotch you get from it.  It comes in at 80 proof or 40 percent A.B.V. You can buy it for 17 to 22 dollars at most liquor stores.

 

Dickel was going for a mass market value Tennessee Whiskey, and they accomplished it, I gave it a 4 out of 5.

In this pairing the whiskey did not enhance the cigar and the cigar did not really affect the whiskey so I give the pairing a 2 out of a possible 5.

 

In the future, I would try a stronger more full bodied whiskey at a higher proof to bring the most out of the cigar.

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