March 8, 2013

This is an excerpt from the January/February issue of Tea MagazineTM 

Pairing an epicure cigar with an artisanal tea makes the experience of each all the more vivid and related. Perhaps it is because both are derived from brown leaves grown in the hot sun, but a great tea enhances and emboldens a cigar (and vice versa) better than coffee, champagne, or scotch.

Chado, Japan’s ancient tea ceremony is a ritualized journey - from conceiving a cup of tea to savoring that last sip. After years of study, the great practitioners experience utter relaxation as the senses heighten into sharp focus.

Kodo is a complementary practice, a ritual takes not 15, but 30 years to master.  Kodo is the art of using incense to open up all the senses because the first and most primal sense of all is smell. Kodo is often performed before Chado because smell complements and enhances taste.

There is another form of Kodo which may appeal to the refined tea drinker (and does not demand decades of apprenticeship). Pairing an epicure cigar with an artisanal tea makes the experience of each all the more vivid and related. Perhaps it is because both are derived from brown leaves grown in the hot sun, but a great tea enhances and emboldens a cigar better than coffee, champagne, or scotch.

Start with the cigar. The best cigars are at least two years old to allow time for residual ammonia to dissipate. What brings pleasure in the experience is not the taste of what is drawn into the mouth; it is the aroma emanating from the fired end. Enjoyment arises from the smoke that rises through the nostrils, excites the cilia, and intensifies the sensitivity of smell and of taste. It is time for tea!

By Timothy Hsu, Contributor

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March 8, 2013

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CEYLON TEA

I HAVE BEEN SMOKING CIGARS A LONG TIME NOW......AND I TRIED YOUR RECOMMENDATION WITH TEA.. As you know the best quality teas are grown in Sri Lanka , the famous "Ceylon Tea". So I used Ceylon tea - the tea was fresh and went well with the Cigar.
I also tried this with a Cinnamon Tea and it went well.

Indrajit 327 days ago

Cigars and Tea

Much to my surprise, I tried a very good cigar with some great Assam tea and it was a perfect match. I never thought that this combo could work, but it does.

Ed more than 1 years ago


 

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