Talking Whisky and Cigars with Daniel Santiago.

It has been a while since I last caught up with Daniel Santiago, owner of the fantastic Jeffrey Street Whisky & Tobacco shop in Edinburgh.  Any time I am in town I like to try and stop in for a visit. 

I always like to hear Daniels thoughts when it comes to pairing Whisky with Cigars (he has already written a couple of articles for me which you can find here and here) not just because of his knowledge, but because of his obvious passion on the subject.

I was delighted when he agreed to write another article.

” It’s been an exciting couple of months for us here at Jeffrey Street Whisky & Tobacco

We have recently teamed up with Skene Whisky and have been presenting whisky and cigar pairings at The Roseberry Club here in Edinburgh.

Each month this invite-only club meets and members enjoy canapes, art, fine whisky and excellent cigars. 

Before each event my associates from Skene Whiskies and I meet up to formulate the perfect pairing for the evening. 

So far, our favourite pairings have been:

Montecristo Open Master paired with Kinloch Malt: Strathspey Blended Malt. 

The Open Master is a robusto from Cuba with more delicate flavours than other sizes in the Montecristo Range. 

The entire Open range was launched in 2009 and it’s aimed at a generation of younger cigar smokers who enjoy the outdoors. This cigar has a spicy palate and pine-nut flavours. The finish leaves a creamy and earthy sensation.

We paired the Open Master with a Blended Malt Whisky, The Kinloch Malt ‘Strathspey’, which is a vatting of four different single malts from Speyside: Craigellachie, Glenfarclas, Glenrothes and Miltonduff.


The whiskies were blended and then rested in an ex-Oloroso cask made of European Oak. 

The Strathspey has a very fruity palate with stone and yellow fruits appearing prominently. It’s got a creamy and smooth mouthfeel and a moreish palate. 

This pairing is very enjoyable, the creamy sensation left by the cigar on the palate helps enhance and brings forth the fruity notes of the whisky. 

When the whisky is sipped and the cigar is smoked, the nutty flavours of the stick shine thanks to the buttery mouth feel left by the malt. The earthy after taste of the cigar supports the initial alcoholic sensation of the whisky. 

Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Robusto and Glentauchers 9 year old Single Cask. 

The Perdomo Maduro Robusto is a complex smoke and a bit of a quick burner. 

The 20th anniversary line was released by the Perdomo brand to commemorate two decades of cigar rolling and commercial success. 

On the palate there is plenty of black tea, black pepper, dark cocoa powder and polished leather. 

We paired the cigar with a Glentauchers 9 year old single cask whisky. 

A phenomenal single malt with a malty palate where oats, dried apricot and a tablet-like flavour combine beautifully. A pine note appears as well as a slight menthol-like undertone. 

When enjoyed side by side, the cigar’s tea-like notes remain on the tongue for a while. The leathery and smooth aftertaste linger on the palate allowing the oats, dried fruit flavours and tablet notes to shine. 

The mosaic of flavours resulting from this combination is very pleasant to the senses.”

Thanks again to Daniel for taking the time to write another article for us. Next time you are through in Edinburgh why not pop in to see him?