Does a liquor exist that meets the following [read: personal] criteria? What about a cigar to go with it?
TL;DR criteria at the bottom, feel free to skip down.
, upcoming wedding/vacation is looming
and, after borrowing a book about single malt scotch, I just got the oddball yet amazing idea to bring a special bottle of liquor to sip on as a nightcap for the week before/after the wedding.
The basis of the specialness that I'm hoping to incorporate would be to get a liquor that was made A) before I was or B) before the bride and I met. Respective ages listed below.
I'm looking into this route because I'm trying to limit the intake of craft beer for caloric/health reasons, I love me some beer and would rather just put the temptation to overindulge aside as much as possible.
I figured a scotch single malt would be the go-to variety of alcohol but I'm open to rye, Kentucky bourbon, Canadian whisky, and maybe even brandy/cognac though I'm a lot less experienced with the latter. I figured tequila might be a bit much, even though I've enjoed the nicer varieties I've had. I also think a liqueur like Cointreau
, Grand Marnier
, or (god forbid) Jagermeister
would get a bit cloying before too long. I will admit that I LOVE Green Chartreuse
. Other drinks I've enjoyed (neat/rocks) before are Disaronno
, various blended scotches, Maker's Mark
, The King's Ginger
, Pendleton whisky
, and a good sour or martini on occasion.
The setting is beachy and fun. Weather is likely to be warm and breezy but I don't mind something that doesn't seem to go with the atmosphere.
Oh, did I mention that I wouldn't mind a cigar or three for the duration. I'm not much of a cigar person but I'll have a few a year when we have friends over and they bring them as housewarming gifts or offer them up. Again, I don't mind something flavor forward but I'm by no means an expert.
Budget concerns are there but I don't mind splurging a bit here for something fun and contemplative. Think double digit = very good, triple digit = doable but better be worthwhile, any greater than that is quite unlikely/impossible.
-- Prefer delicious, intense, savory flavors
-- Liquor Age > or = 10 years old is good
-- Liquor Age > or = 27 years old is better, but may be financially untenable
-- Price would ideally not include triple digits
-- Availability needs to be pretty high since a major metropolitan city/mail order is out of the question but I don't mind scouring the stores I do have access to.
Bonus Points for a nice cigar pairing, experience/aficionado level low but I understand the mechanics and practicalities of cigar smoking for what it's worth. Figure the same requirements as above.