The Truth and Hype Around Cigars and Bourbon with Ibis Luis (Bourbon Pursuit #321)


Cigars… they are one of the best ways to enjoy a nice glass of bourbon. The flavors and aromas all become enhanced into a better overall experience. We talked about cigars and bourbon back on episode 129 with Jeremy and Jake from Jake’s Cigar Lounge,  but this time we’re joined by Ibis Lu. She’s a Cigar Sommelier and Certified Bourbon Steward, but also operates the Instagram account @Cigarlover12. She’s probably been smoking cigars for longer than me and you combined. We talk about aging cigars, fake cubans, and the overhyped barrel aged cigars.

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Show Notes:

  • This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about age statements.
  • What got you into cigars?
  • When did you have your first cigar?
  • Talk about the history of cigars in Cuba.
  • Are there are a lot of fake Cuban cigars?
  • What cigar do you recommend for pairing with bourbon?
  • How many cigars do you smoke a day?
  • Do you take tasting notes on cigars?
  • How do you get rid of the cigar taste in your mouth?
  • How do they age cigars?
  • What are your thoughts on barrel aged cigars?
  • What is a good amount to spend on a humidor?
  • Tell us about your journey in bourbon.
  • Is the cigar community like the bourbon community?
  • Do you prefer pairing cigars with bourbon or Scotch?
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