Inka cigars are brilliant quality with full flavour, the rojo cristales is no exception. Unlike my usual choice, the bombaso maduro, it is long instead of short, 42 gauge instead of 60 and natural/colorado shade rather than a dark maduro. The slender build makes for a very easy draw and the sweet aroma insired me to pair it with a bottle of Dotbrew whiskey barrel aged red ale.
I've mentioned this beer in a post of homage to the brewery. The colour has the kind of ruby hue to it that scotch does and the head is foamy with great retention and the resembling that bit of foam on a latte that goes dark after you pour some brown sugar in there (I rarely drink coffee but my better half takes a latte with 2 brown sugars).
Can you see why this pairing is irresistible? The vanilla and light chocolate flavours during the first third of the cigar just sit into the creaminess of the beer. Every nuance is smooth in this smoke and it is enjoyable to the end of the last third as the spice notes intensify. The barrel finish from the beer pairs perfectly with every trait of the cigar all the way to the final draw.