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kingcohiba
15-01-2010, 11:47 PM
had my first cup of earl grey tea today! went to a cigar shop the other day in a city im going to be visiting on a weekly basis now. they had a terrible selection of cigars by the way, but the man there seemed to be very cool. was not the most fancy place, but very cozy i guess. i walked in and of course the only thing on my mind was the humidor! so went in, bought a drew estate cigar (big mistake and should have known better) just so i didnt seem rude then started to walk around his shop. he had lots of nice coffee beans for sale and i saw he had tea. the first one i saw was an aged earl grey. the first thing i thought of was the forum! i have seen earl grey mentioned quite a bit, most recently i think was deano out in the garden drinking some while wearing his mums scarf! why i remember that I do not know! lol but anyway i bought the box of tea and tried it a couple of hours ago. was very smooth. probably the best tea i have ever had. but i still think im a coffee guy. it was missing something, but i will try more. maybe i need to go with 2-3 tea bags next time? also bought me a cuban crafters cutter there. who knows maybe me and the old man will hit it off and i can smoke some stogies with him over the next 4 months. i have a feeling im going to be taking my own smokes though as hes not quite hip to kick ass cigars i guess. but was a cool spot for sure. he even had a mean little dog running around the place lol.

Kdot
16-01-2010, 02:38 PM
u need to try pg tips for some good tea...

satch
16-01-2010, 02:44 PM
I had a JL#1 with two mugs of Sainsburys red label tea.
I think tea and cigars go together well.
Anybody else?

SeanP
16-01-2010, 03:19 PM
I enjoy a nice mug of Earl Grey or spiced chai with a mild to medium stick. Perfect on a mild spring/autumn morning on the deck.

navzor
16-01-2010, 04:55 PM
Although I do love a good cup of Earl Grey, I've never thought of pairing tea and cigars, might have to give it a go...

Incidentally, on the subject of Earl Grey, I saw fresh bergamot for sale on a foody site. I'd never even seen a Bergamot before!

http://www.natoora.co.uk/shop/fruit/citrus-fruits/bergamot/prod15456.html

PS: Link is NSFW (not safe for wallet!)

nicwing
16-01-2010, 05:29 PM
Edward Sahakian the proprietor of the wonderful Davidoff store in London's st James recomended me to drink black tea if I wanted to enjoy the flavour of a good cigar and I have never looked back.

Don't drink cofee these days as it sends me loopy.

Drink Early Grey (made with leaves not floor swwpings in a bag) in the morning and Lapsang in the afternoon. Mind you I was given some Darjeeling this week and a pot of that is just nectar. haven't tried it with a cigar yet though.

LukeBird
16-01-2010, 07:00 PM
I love Earl Grey, will have to try it with a cigar... :cowboyic9:

EugeneSax
16-01-2010, 11:57 PM
I love tea & a cigar - usually just a pot of Yorkshire (tea bag), but the smokiness of Lapsong Souchong goes well.

A scotch chaser makes a tasty triumverate - Bruichlladich particularly (pun intended, if you know how to pronounce it) or Balvennie Double Wood for me.

celsis
17-01-2010, 08:21 AM
Nic, I agree with you entirely. I, too, like EG in the morning and LS in the late afternoon. I must admit that EG goes so well with a cigar that I could drink gallons off the stuff and smoke myself to death at the same time!

whisky77
17-01-2010, 09:57 AM
Love my Earl grey in the morning with a Pet Corona of any description. As Nic says try and get the real tea if you can.Makes all the difference.:smoke:

Gordonbcb
17-01-2010, 05:55 PM
Never thought of pairing tea with a cigar. I think I'll give it a go.

Would you guys suggest taking the tea black is best ??

nicwing
17-01-2010, 07:28 PM
Never thought of pairing tea with a cigar. I think I'll give it a go.

Would you guys suggest taking the tea black is best ??

Hi Gordon, definitely black tea, no milk or sugar (for me) Might take a little getting used to but once you are used to it you will never look back.

moidoid
17-01-2010, 09:00 PM
Wow - I have never thought of tea although a good strong coffee has always gone down well with a cigar.

I love EG & lapsang too so I shall give them a go. I'm worried about getting used to it without milk though...

HabanoSy
17-01-2010, 09:05 PM
Definitely black tea, no milk or sugar (for me) Might take a little getting used to but once you are used to it you will never look back.

Have to give it a try...

Cheers, HabanoSy

kingcohiba
17-01-2010, 09:09 PM
I'm drinking some eg right now with a little milk and a teaspoon of orange blossom honey in it too and am digging it a little more. Also having a rascc at the moment too, but I believe that's another thread! But goes to show you how different our tastes are. I had never heard of milk in tea till the other day. Tbh I thought it was a dreadful idea!

nicwing
17-01-2010, 09:26 PM
Next stage for the advanced tea drinker (and probably not when you are smoking) is a round of hot buttered toast and Pattum Pepperium (Gentlemans Relish)

Nothing beats it!

kingcohiba
17-01-2010, 09:29 PM
boy i sure like buttered toasted cuban bread. does not get much better than that! this relish sounds interesting though too.

nicwing
17-01-2010, 09:42 PM
boy i sure like buttered toasted cuban bread. does not get much better than that! this relish sounds interesting though too.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentleman's_Relish

skyhigh
17-01-2010, 09:46 PM
currently been smoking with a mug of Assam tea, very nice combo.

kingcohiba
17-01-2010, 10:25 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentleman's_Relish


of course! bummer! i am allergic to fish! lol my one and only allergy. i can eat shrimp lobster crab though. i guess i am lucky to be able to eat at least that. had a few episodes with it, one time was thinking i was going to die! also been exposed because somebody was cooking chicken in the same pan as they had just cooked fish in. im sure it is good though. to me relish is something COMPLETELY different. i put relish on hot dogs! lol

cj121
17-01-2010, 10:33 PM
currently been smoking with a mug of Assam tea, very nice combo.

That works for me too Sky:thumb:

tippexx
18-01-2010, 12:00 PM
I know this is shameful and most likely spoils the taste of a good cigar, but I like it ..... lemon tea!

Lascaux
18-01-2010, 12:41 PM
aye i think tea is the best non-alcoholic pairing for any cigar. coffee when it lingers in the mouth makes cigars taste a bit stale to me. a nice tea with lemon is a great palate cleanser too.

the algerian coffee shop in soho has a fantastic collection im going through.

darjeeling 1st flush, oolong jade, and a couple of orange pekoes. lapsang souchong cna be nice with a strong cigar. yumsky! there are some white teas id love to try but they run at 15 per 100 gms!

pch050
18-01-2010, 02:12 PM
I used to hate the smell of Eral Grey but two years in London converted me into a lover of EG!!

rollzst
11-02-2010, 09:44 PM
I love a nice cup of cammomile tea with a cigar. I think it pairs better than regular tea. Having milk in tea doesn't agree with my palette