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What are you drinking?

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:49 pm
by Chip
I'm just curious, what are some favorite beverages consumed while enjoying your pipe? Now this could be a morning pipe or an afternoon or evening pipe... perhaps the better question would be:
Based on your experience, what tobacco pairs up well what beverage?

Chip

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 11:35 pm
by UncleBob
Diet Coke and mead are my two favorites!

-UB

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:41 am
by adauria
Good question!

I find a mid-afternoon pipe (especially English tobac) goes nicely with a beer or a cup of good black coffee. A VA smoke might prefer some tea at that hour, black or green, but ideally black.

Evening English smokes can be matched with darker beers, dry red wine, or scotch. VAs at night pair nicely with port or a gin martini (5:1, shaken, 3 olives).

Strangely, nothing tastes better with a cigar than port. I have no idea why this is, but it is. Scotch is fine with a cigar, as are beer and red wine (though I generally find most wines get lost in a strong cigar).

-Andrew

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:48 am
by kendrck
mine are always pretty much port or Baileys

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:09 pm
by Skip
Guinness, Jack Daniels, Glenlivet, Port, Wine, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Water. English (and similar) blends generally call for the first four.

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:44 pm
by PhilioG
Skip wrote:Guinness, Jack Daniels, Glenlivet, Port, Wine, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Water. English (and similar) blends generally call for the first four.
Wow, that's some mixture. I bet it has a real good kick to it huh?

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:45 pm
by Skip
PhilioG wrote:
Skip wrote:Guinness, Jack Daniels, Glenlivet, Port, Wine, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Water. English (and similar) blends generally call for the first four.
Wow, that's some mixture. I bet it has a real good kick to it huh?
damn straight

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:46 pm
by PhilioG
I find a good Captain and coke with a bowl its really good.

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:48 pm
by CycleBrewer
For me, a heavy beer is fine. Tea is also a good choice. But with all due respect to Adauria's recipe, the proper way to make a martini to accompany a pipe is with both gin and vodka, and a splash of sweet vermouth. Add a lemon twist if you like, but it's fine on its own.

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 2:30 pm
by GScott
Daytime: dark, rich coffee; Diet Coke; or Fresca. Night time: nice red wine (Cab or nice old vine zin), or port.

I drink little else wth the occasional exception of water.

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 2:44 pm
by adauria
CycleBrewer wrote:But with all due respect to Adauria's recipe, the proper way to make a martini to accompany a pipe is with both gin and vodka, and a splash of sweet vermouth. Add a lemon twist if you like, but it's fine on its own.
I will respectfully disagree with my brother. I am so dogmatic about a Martini being made from gin + vermouth, that I refuse to even acknowledge a kangaroo as a vodka martini:

http://www.1001cocktails.com/recipes/co ... e=kangaroo

While I'm sure your drink is a fine companion to smoking, it is merely a cocktail and should not be called a martini. :)

-Andrew

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 3:40 pm
by MDPiper
I typically have a Jack and Coke on the weekends, but during the week, just a plain coke is my choice to go with my pipe.

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 4:01 pm
by Cadfael
I had a sip last night of the Bacardi 151 I bought as pipe cleaner. Wow, had never tried that stuff before. I'm CERTAIN that it is excellent pipe cleaner! :)

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 4:35 pm
by GScott
It's Friday afternoon and I am home with a cup of coffee with a drollop of brandy. Enjoying that with Grey Havens in a meer. Not too bad, but the tobac is a bit tasteless.

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:40 pm
by ColinL
Newyears eve i polished off a hip flash of Bruichladdich Links IV, while smoking McClellands 2006 xmas cheer with a friend. We were outside in the woods across from a friends house by a creek so it was very humid and cold which complimented both the whisky and the tobacco very nicely. I'd say it was the best pipe i had that whole year.

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 7:03 pm
by jbrajkovich
I just recently discovered German fruit brandies go well with an evening pipe. These are not sweet brandies, but rather clear (80 proof) natural and just slightly flavored from the fruit distillation.

A stout is always welcome to join me during a smoke.

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:41 pm
by SinisterHand
In my own humble opinion, black coffee is good with a pipe any time of day. I also like tea (Sweet and iced, of coarse.I do live in SC after all.)
A good port is great in the evening.

Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:44 am
by PipeAndPint
A bottle of Bass to bring in my birthday... :P

Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 2:47 am
by Chip
I've enjoyed learning of everyone's fav. beverages along w/ their pipe... I'll have to try some of these...
I enjoy my black, Columbian, medium roast, fresh ground coffee, w/ my pipe almost anytime, but especially in the quiet morning hours.... in the evening I may have a glass or merlot, or burgandy, sometimes a dark beer...Newcastle Ale, Great Lakes Dortmunder or Elliot Ness... if you've never sampled some of the Great Lakes Ales from Ohio... you really need to try one http://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/beerOurBeers.php Any of them pair nicely with a pipe.

chip

Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 2:53 am
by Chip
Happy Birthday to you PipeandPipe....
cheers,
Chip