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Issue 39 - Searchingforperfection

Whisky Magazine Issue 39
May 2004

 

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Searchingforperfection

perfectionTheWhisky&CigarChallengematchesapremiumwhiskywithapremiumCubancigartoproducetheperfectmatch

Ittookhundredsofjudges,threetastingsessionsandeventsinGlasgowandHavanatodoit,butthejudgesinthisyear'sWhisky&CigarChallenge,hostedbyWhiskyMagazine,HabanosSAandLondonrestaurantBoisdale,reckonthatthisyear'swinningcombinationisthe
perfectmatch.

ThepartnershipbetweenScotlandandCubathroughtwooftheworld'sfinestproducts–whiskyandcigars–isnowinitssecondyear,andthistimearoundafirsttastinginvolvingretailers,whiskyexpertsandcigarexpertswasheldinGlasgow.FromfourseparateflightseightwhiskieswereselectedandtakentoHavana.

There,aspartoftheCubanCigarFestivalthelistofeightwaswhittleddowntojusttwo.

Andthen,inafinaltastinginvolving250tasters,afinalcombinationwaschosen.ThewinnerwasTheMacallanCaskStrengthandPartagasParamides.

Commentingontheresults,WhiskyMagazine'smanagingdirectorDamianRiley-Smithsaidthatitwouldbehardtofindamoreperfectmatching.

“Allthewhiskiesenteredinthisyear'seventwereputforwardbecausetheyworkedwellwithcigars,andtherewerenomismatchesatall,”hesaid.

“Tostandoutinthiscompanytakessomedoingandundoubtedlyboththefinaltwopairingswereexceptional.ThedeservedwinnerwasTheMacallan,though,andmostjudgesagreedthatitmadeaperfectmatchtoagoodCubancigar.”

Finestcombination:TheMacallanCaskStrengthandPartagasPiramides

Whatthejudgessaid:

“Agreatdessertcombination.”

“Averydangerouscombination–aglassfullofthiswhisky,afantasticcigarandperhapsabeautifulwoman–whocouldwantmore?”

“Excellent–thebestoftheday,”

“Superbbalanceinflavourandstrength.”

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