Did you know that Cuban cigars, much like fine wines, have distinctive flavor profiles?
From earthy to spicy with hints of cocoa, coffee, and wood, Cuban Cigars symbolize sophistication and luxury; it’s a huge part of social gatherings in some parts of the world.
But do you know what’s the perfect way to elevate your cigar-puffing experience?
By pairing it with a classic wine. Wine and cigar aficionados often combine these indulgences for a harmonious sensory delight. However, not just any wine. You must choose the one that complements and balances the flavors, offering the utmost satisfaction.
Curious to know more about the art of savoring wine alongside a Cuban cigar?
Here’s an insightful overview of mindful sipping and puffing and the ways in which they perfectly combine to create a truly exquisite experience.
Want to smoke premium and handcrafted Cuban cigars? Head straight to our waterfront restaurant in Cayman. Our Cuban Torcedor, Papi, brings forth his craftsmanship of rolling the finest cigars while ensuring the quality, authenticity, and unique flavors remain uncompromised.
For individuals who like to pair their cigars with vintage wines, we have got you covered. Along with serving delicious food in the Cayman Islands, we have an extensive selection of wines from around the world. From full-bodied red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon to crisp and acidic white wine like Chardonnay, we have everything to offer the most pleasurable experience for your palate.
Our Cayman wine prices are generous. From the young chiantis to the old Petrus and so on, we offer unique vintages, all on sale at retail prices. You can seek pricing information from our wine sommelier or check out the wine menu.
This French wine originating from the Rhône Valley is the perfect and most widely preferred choice among cigar enthusiasts. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is known for its complex and bold flavor profile featuring notes of dark fruits, spices, and herbs.
If you are smoking a full-bodied Cuban cigar, this red wine’s intricate and hearty characteristics make it an excellent choice that connoisseurs appreciate.
Another fantastic wine to be paired with Cuban Cigars is Tawny Port. This Portuguese wine is not a traditional red wine. It is a fortified wine with similarities to red wines, but they are fermented until it leaves residual sugars, contributing to its sweetness and higher alcohol content.
The wine has delightful flavors with notes of dried fruits like raisins, figs, & apricots, followed by subtle notes of caramel, toffee, and spices. Tawny Port has a deep color, and it has been aged for several decades for a refined pairing with the Cuban cigar.
Besides enjoying it with full-bodied Cuban cigars, you can relish Tawny Port with desserts, nuts, and cheeses.
Wines like Pauillac or Margaux fit in the category of aged Bordeaux and can offer a sophisticated pairing experience. Bordeaux wines have a notable structure, tannins, and flavors of blackcurrant and cedar which perfectly complements the nature of Cuban cigars.
Aged Bordeaux and Cuban cigars are one good old combination that connoisseurs savor on special occasions, appreciating the depth and complex flavors that dance on their palate.
Barolo is the most exceptional choice among all the five recommendations, thanks to its rich and intense bold fruity flavors of dark cherries, roses, and tar accompanied by firm tannins. This Italian red wine has remarkable aging potential making it an excellent pick for medium to full-bodied Cuban cigars.
The wine's dark cherry flavors can be a beautiful companion to the rich and earth notes majorly found in Cuban cigars. The bewitching scent of roses in the wine creates a wonderful symphony with the aromatic qualities of the cigar.
The firm tannins in the wine scour the palate between cigar puffs, freshening the palate for the next draw. Overall, the Italian Barolo and Cuban cigars are Partita Fatta in Paradiso (a match made in heaven).
Vintage Port and Cuban cigars are a celebratory pair relished on truly special occasions. Like Tawny Port, this one, too, is a fortified wine hailing from Douro Valley in Portugal. This wine shares a phenomenal depth & concentration, and they are typically aged in barrels for a short duration and then bottled for continued evolution.
The flavor profile of the wine is characterized by bold fruity notes of blackberries, black cherries, and plums which offer a rich, velvety, and sweet texture, ideal for pairing with Cuban cigars.
This wonderful pairing creates an unforgettable symphony for the senses, which can be enhanced when enjoyed with classics like cheese platters, dark chocolate, nuts, grilled seafood, Caribbean curry, and other Cayman Islands cuisine.
Besides flaunting the premium wines of Cayman and Cuban cigars, our restaurant also takes pride in catering you with impeccable services and delicious local as well as international cuisine.
We have been the epitome of Caribbean fine dining since 1908 that serves mouth-watering delicacies like Beef Short Ribs, Lobster Cake, Mushroom Ravioli, the famous Conch Stew, Seafood Curry, Corn Fed Chicken Kebab, and many more.
This is merely the beginning; we have many more specialties, including decadent delights like Banana Sticky Toffee Pudding, Panna Cotta, Parfait, Red Velvet Chocolate Lava Cake, Lemon Blueberry Tart, and more that will leave you craving for more.
For an unparalleled culinary journey, we recommend you book a table at the waterfront deck, highlighting jaw-dropping views of the Caribbean waters and clear blue skies. Imagine savoring the freshest seafood delights while the sea breeze brushes through your face.
The outdoor setting is also an ideal backdrop for romantic dates where you and your other half can bask in the beauty of the spectacular sunsets and gradient skies and hear the gentle sounds of waves caressing the shoreline.
Grand Old House eagerly awaits you and your loved ones to bestow you with luscious cuisine, heavenly desserts, vintage wines & cigars, and an unforgettable time unlike any other!
So what are you waiting for? Reserve your table and unveil the Grand Old House magic today!