48 Nonohe Pl
Paia, HI 96779
Sunset Whisky & Cigars is back!
Thursday, March 21 @ 5:00 p.m.
Gather with your fellow members for a very special night to enjoy single-malt Scotch & Whiskey selections and choice cigars on the lanai at sunset.
Member Brent Gale is your host for the evening that means some sweet surprises!
My Father La Opulencia Toro – #2 cigar of 2018 by Cigar Aficionado with a 95 rating. A beautiful Don Pepin Garcia box pressed stick, 6” by 54 ring; medium-bodied at the start, finishing full-bodied; Nicaraguan Corojo & Criollo binders, Cuban-seed Nicaraguan filler, and Mexican San Andres Rosado Oscuro wrapper; earth, cocoa and cinnamon on the nose, coffee, cinnamon & cream on the palate at the start and black pepper, dark chocolate and earth at the finish. We will pair this 60-minute smoke with the Talisker 10 single malt Scotch and the WhistlePig Farmstock Rye.
P. Carrillo Encore Majestic – #1 cigar of 2018 by Cigar Aficionado with a 96 rating. 5&3/8” with a 52 ring; another box pressed stogie, this has all Nicaraguan wrapper, binder & filler; the filler is finished in the tercio method where, after fermenting, it is packed in bales made of royal palm bark; medium bodied despite its darker wrapper; toasty and peppery on the nose, peppery on the palate at the start followed by cream in the midrange and ending with stronger pepper and toast. We will pair this 50-minute smoke with the Kilchoman Sanaig single malt Scotch and the Eagle Rare bourbon.
The Nicaraguan cigars are a bit heavy on nicotine. If anyone wishes to substitute a bit lighter stick for either of the cigars above, we have the following two available:
Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art Cameroon Perfecto – #6 cigar of 2018 with a 94 rating. The perfecto shape requires some skill to roll as it consists of two tapered ends, a round head, and a bulge somewhere between the foot and the middle. A short 4 & 7/8” with a ring that varies between 46 and 60; Dominican binder and Cameroon wrapper; mild to medium-bodied, leather & wood at the start, becoming creamy and a bit chocolatey as you move through the bulge, with occasional bursts of pepper throughout. We featured this 30-minute smoke in our 2017 event and have 25 available for this event for those that want a short duration smoke or a lighter-bodied one. This would be a good one to pair with the Suntory Toki.
Foundation Cigar Company The Wise Man – #3 cigar of 2018 with a 95 rating. 5.5” by 50 ring. Yet another box-pressed Nicaraguan, apparently Cigar Aficianado’s “in thing” in 2018; Nicaraguan Corojo & Criollo fillers, Nicaraguan Aganorsa binder, and Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper; rusty brown and full-bodied; pepper & coffee at the front, added creaminess in the middle, and cedar notes at the tail. We have 24 of these sticks in hand.
Talisker 10 – This single malt whisky from the Isle of Skye is tawny brown and, while peaty, is less peaty than Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Laphroiag. Aged in American oak casks, the aroma is smoke & citrus, and the taste is peat, smoke, salt, iodine & pepper. The finish is long, warm & peppery.
WhistlePig Straight 10-Year Rye – 100% rye, 100 proof, distilled and initially matured in Canada, then sent south to Vermont to finish 10 years of maturing, the aroma is butterscotch, vanilla & orange, and the taste is vanilla and oak with a finish of spices.
Kilchoman Sanaig – pronounced “kill o’ mun suh nag’ ” this single malt Scotch is from the newest Islay distillery, established in 2005. The Sanaig is somewhat unique in that it spends about 75% of its maturation time in ex-sherry casks and only 25% in ex-bourbon casks, resulting a sweeter brew. This is another dreaded “non-age statement” Scotch, but given the newness of the distillery the age in barrel is probably 7 years or less. The aroma is cocoa, raisin & peat, and the taste is peat, salt, mineral and dark fruit, with a fairly long finish. Kilchoman will be making some outstanding Scotches, but this one is just ok.
Eagle Rare 10-Year Bourbon – made at the Buffalo Trace distillery and owned by Sazerac, the aroma is orange, citrus & caramel. The taste is oak, leather and a bit of pepper with a medium length finish.
Suntory Toki – a blended whiskey from three of Suntory’s distilleries, the nose is green apple and honey. The taste is light and sweet, with hints of grapefruit and green grapes. The finish is short and sweet, with tastes of vanilla and oak. We won’t pair this with a cigar; we will finish the night with it.
“For What It’s Worth” — Snippets of Wisdom from the Event Organizer
Good cigars, like fine wine or the best single malt Scotch, are highly nuanced with multiple aromas and tastes. The same cigar will have different aromas on the nose than the aromas and tastes on the palate. To enjoy both, hold the smoke in your mouth for several seconds, and then blow the smoke out and up to inhale the aroma as the smoke dissipates. I do NOT recommend taking the smoke directly into your lungs like you were dragging on a cigarette as you will get more than enough nicotine from holding the smoke in your mouth.
I prefer single malt Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey or bourbon whiskey with a good cigar. Among their many other outstanding properties, these beverages cleanse the palate between draws on the cigar.
When tasting a single malt Scotch, I recommend first sampling without water or ice. Then sample with a chip of ice or a couple drops of water. After that, if you want to dump on the cubes, go ahead.
I do not recommend pairing good cigars with fine wine since the cigar overwhelms the nuances of the wine, and the wine doesn’t cleanse the palate to allow the nuances of the cigar to come through.
While I prefer Kentucky bourbon if I am interested in pairing a sweeter spirit with an after-dinner cigar, port, brandy or cognac can pair well with cigars that have noticeable spice or cedar hints. These spirits coat the palate, but the spice or cedar of the cigar can pierce through it.
As a general rule, only very full-bodied or very bad cigars can stand up to the peatier Islay Scotches like Lagavulin 16, Laphroaig 10 and Ardbeg. Less chewy Islays like Kilchoman and the unpeated Bruichladdich, as well as Talisker from Isle of Skye, pair well with most full-bodied cigars.
As a general rule, many Speyside Scotches (think Glenxxxxx anything) are too delicate and light to stand up to medium or full-bodied cigars.
If in doubt, Oban 14 single malt Scotch pairs well with almost any cigar, is widely available and moderately priced.
In pairing cigars with bourbon, it is important to account for the sweetness inherent in the spirit, so look for cigars that have cream, spice or cedar hints. Somewhat surprisingly, Bulleit, a moderately priced frontier bourbon with less sweet undertones, pairs well with many cigars.
When considering Irish whiskeys, single malts like Bush 10 & Connemara, pure pot stills like Green Spot & Red Breast, and stouter blendeds like Bush Black, pair well with most cigars. Jameson blendeds in the lower price ranges are a bit too light, and Tullamore Dew, while readily available and reasonably priced, is a bit too sweet – unless someone is smoking a flavored cigar and then who cares at that point.
Cutters and torches will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Alternative beverages will be available for purchase from the bar.
A special reminder to participants: Please do not smoke within 20 feet of the Clubhouse doorways and any open windows, and remember to be courteous to swimmers, tennis players and other Club members and guests. Please make sure that you drive responsibly and have secured transportation after the event if needed.
Executive Chef Sean Christensen’s 2018 pairings included a selection of cheeses, venison sliders, a Charcuterie board, pub mix, and chocolate bacon – this will be an evening full of delicious surprises!
Cost: $95 per person, members and guests
This premier event is limited to the first 40 reservations…call (808) 877-7893
This event is for the exclusive enjoyment of Maui Country Club members and their invited guests. For information on joining this community, please visit the membership pages of this site.