Yep, that’s right. Wild Turkey and Coke. Is there anything more American than smoking a cigar from Cuba and drinking 101 proof bourbon and a sugary beverage? I don’t think so.
But there is also a practical reason behind this choice. I like both Wild Turkey and Coke, usually Cherry Coke. They taste good and they go well with cigars.
I’m certain that some of you think that it’s not fair for me to be drinking bourbon and rating a cigar. So what? Whenever I do something different, like just having a Cherry Coke, I tell you. As long as I keep the playing field level I don’t think it affects the score of cigars that much.
When I smoke a cigar I drink Wild Turkey (101 proof) and a Cherry Coke.
In fact, whenever I am smoking a milder cigar I will frequently note that what I am drinking is overpowering the flavors. And you might be right if you think that is why I don’t particularly like milder cigars for the most part. Even though I do like Auroras most milder cigars just don’t float my boat.
But what am I to do?
I like having a stiff drink with my cigars. I will not change my ways to make my ratings more “pure.” Actually, I think I would be doing a greater disservice to you, the reader, if I changed the way I smoked cigars in order to create some kind of “impartial” atmosphere.
Cigar smoking isn’t something that is done in a vacuum. Cigars are meant to be smoked amongst friends or as a way to relax at the end of a long day.
Alright, fine, the way I rate cigars may not be completely copacetic for some people. However, if I had the slightest inkling that my drinking habits affected my scores I would change. Actually, that gives me an idea.
Maybe I should start having a control cigar every once in a while where I just have water while smoking a familiar cigar. If my rating for this control cigar deviates wildly from my normal rating then I will have to change my ways.
Ah, who am I kidding? I like Wild Turkey and Cherry Coke with my cigars so that’s what I am going to continue doing. I wonder what other people drink with their cigars?