Pairing Eastside Whiskey With Cigars


There are fewer things in life that go better together than a fine whiskey and a bold cigar. The oak and smoke flavor profiles are a match made in distiller’s heaven. The actual process of bringing the pairing to life revolves solely around preference, but when you start off with an expertly crafted whiskey, then you’re already on the right track. We’ve put together a list of cigar couplings that bring out the nuances of our whiskeys while showcasing a truly delicious flavor profile. 

Grab your cutter, lighter, and a glass and let’s get started!

Barrel Hitch American Whiskey 

  • “Smells like sweet corn and husks, dry hay, grains and a hint of green apple. And it drinks a bit peppery, with corn prominent on the front palate, drying out to light wood and licorice.” ~ Mel Heim, Master Distiller & Blender

Cigar Pairing: Oliva Series G

  • This medium-bodied Nicaraguan cigar is a true palate-pleaser. Perfectly balanced and amazingly priced, notes of coffee and roasted nuts compliment the black pepper and green apple in the Barrel Hitch. It’s also a great introductory cigar and won’t break your wallet. 

Burnside West End Blend

  • Burnside West End Blend is a meticulous blend of American whiskies ranging in age and mash bills with a kiss of toasted Oregon Oak to make a vibrant, earthy sipper at an accessible proof and price. 

Cigar Pairing: La Gloria Cubana

  • Created by the cigar guru E.P. Carillo, the La Gloria Cubana showcases an array of hand-chosen filters all brought together in a Connecticut Broadleaf or Ecuadorian wrapper. Packing a ton of flavor, cedar and leather notes bring out the honeyed sweetness and subtle citrus in the West End Blend. 

Burnside Oregon Oaked Bourbon 

  • Finished in Garryana oak casks, our Burnside Oregon Oaked Bourbon showcases a hints of peach and allspice with a lingering finish of toasted oak. The Oregon Oaked is unique flavor experience like no other – spiced, sweet, balanced and full-bodied. 

Cigar Pairing: Alec Bradley Magic Toast 

  • Rich and smooth, the Magic Toast is jam-packed with layers of bitter chocolate and oak, making it a pure treat for every cigar lover. The bold flavors create a perfect accompaniment for our Oregon Oak blend; accentuating the depth of the whiskey and bringing out the caramel nuances supporting the overall prominent oak flavors. 

Burnside Oregon Oaked Rye

  • A delicious blend of straight rye and straight whiskies ranging in age, the Burnside Oregon Oaked Rye is a one-of-a-kind rye with finished in Garryana casks. It's our first venture into rye and it was worth the wait.

Cigar Pairing: Camacho Nicaraguan Barrel Aged

  • Coming out of the gate swinging, the Camacho Barrel Aged is unapologetically bold, just like the Oregon Oaked Rye. The rye’s toffee sweetness cools down the Camacho’s potent flavors of black pepper, leather, and spice. This pairing is all about sweet and salty, bitter and creamy, and the opposites that bring out the best in each other. 

Burnside Goose Hollow Reserve

  • Burnside Goose Hollow Reserve is a small batch expression of straight bourbon whiskies that are expertly blended then aged for 70 days in Garryana Casks for a South meets West Bourbon unlike any other.

Cigar Pairing: Padron 1926 Anniversary

  • There is a reason why the Padron 1926 is considered to be one of the perennial favorites to win cigar of the year. The expertly chosen Nicaraguan tobacco highlights the very best of cigar construction and flavor development. Elegant and sophisticated, the Padron is the ideal companion for the Goose Hollow Reserve, elevating the notes of oak, gourmet vanilla, and ripe summer plum. Do yourself a favor, and try this one for yourself. 

Burnside Buckman Reserve Bourbon 

  • Our Burnside Buckman expression is a celebration of our 10 year anniversary and the newest member of our highly acclaimed Burnside Whiskey family. We’ve sourced the best aged bourbons in the country and mellowed them in our Quercus Garryana casks to create a one-of-a-kind premium bourbon experience.

Cigar Pairing: Drew Estate Liga Privada #9

  • Bold, balanced, and beautiful, Drew Estate’s Liga Privada #9 is the apex of craftsmanship in the cigar world. Rich earthy tones brought out by the dark Oscuro wrapper round out into a slightly sweet finish. The wide range of enticing flavors creates the perfect canvas for the Buckman Reserve Bourbon to show off. The floral undertones and slightly sweet brown sugar profile of the Buckman mingles with the elegant cigar bringing together oak and smoke in a truly uniquely developed experience.

Ahoy! Rethink Your Understanding of Rum Produced in the U.S. with these Pairings


Made from sugarcane and its byproducts, like molasses, rum has been making cocktails better, and pirate life worth singing about, well before it’s first historical mention in 1654. Spanning cultures and countries, rum’s versatility and appeal make it the perfect foundation for cocktails, straight up, or chilled with a couple ice cubes. But what do you pair with this island-inspired spirit? Read on to find out.

Below Deck Spiced Rum

This rich amber rum packs a punch of spice that mellows into undertones of Mexican vanilla, citrus and cinnamon; reminiscent of an old-fashioned cola. The specific blend of whole spices is like taking a trip around the world in one sip. This is a true spiced rum, real ingredients infused with premium silver rum and without added sugar.


  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken Sandwich - with tangy slaw

  • Smoked Gouda - it’s very weird and very satisfying

  • Grilled pineapple rings with vanilla whip. Yep, drool….

  • Ahi Poke Bowl - rice, raw fish, raw veggies, plantains, sesame and seaweed. This is our favorite pairing. All of the Caribbean flavors complement the varying notes of the rum. Even the minuscule sesame seeds enhance otherwise unnoticed nuttiness of the rum. Total umami.

“The rum grabs at your mouth and tongue – a tasty blend of warmth, zest and heat – and the quality of the rum shines through. Aromatic notes of burnt sugar, allspice, toffee, cinnamon, candied ginger, and molasses wash over the palate with a pleasant aftertaste reminiscent of a traditional cola." 

- Mel Heim, Master Distiller

Below Deck Silver Rum

This unique blend of Puerto Rico and Jamaican style rums combine natural sweetness with funky fresh fruit. The result is a not overly busy rum and pleasantly light-bodied. Keeping with tradition there is NO ADDED SUGAR to this spirit post distillation. We love this rum in cocktails for its versatility and bonus ester content.


  • Cornmeal okra - a traditional dish in Barbados, the earthy okra is light and mild, perfect for a silver rum

  • Coconut - cake, pie, cookie; all excellent with a light rum accompaniment

  • Seasonal mango and citrus salads - papaya, plantain and lime with a sprinkle of salt is heaven

  • Manchego Cheese - yup, cheese and rum go together like chips and dip.

"Velvety, medium body rum with a sweep of tropical fruit like plantain and candied lime paired with anise, gum tree and octane minerals. Below Deck Silver Rum has a light cane flavor that is not overly sweet and not overly alcoholic with a unique balanced flavor."

- Mel Heim, Master Distiller/Blender

Hue-Hue Coffee Rum

Collaborating with Portland Roasting Company, Hue-Hue Coffee Rum (pronounced way-way) showcases the single-origin, free-trade coffee from Guatemala and our signature silver rum. Smooth, velvety, and slightly sweet, this cold-brew coffee rum bridges the gap between bartenders and baristas. 


  • Cinnamon bun - the pungent cinnamon draws out vanilla subtleties

  • Blueberry bran muffin with flaked sea salt - tart berries and bread are great with Central American grown arabica beans. Volcanic soil and earthy grains…mmmm.

  • Grilled chicken with raspberry glaze - savory and sweet are perfectly paired in this dish that make it a hearty pairing. (or smoke the chicken to elevate the roasted notes)

  • Extra aged cheddar - after dinner treat; cream added to coffee introduces fat and cuts through acidity, this is a nice, sharp cheese that rolls well with the light roast.

"Expressive opening notes of low octane alcohol immediately leading to creamy, semi-sweet chocolate and low acidity coffee beans. The rum lingers on the sides of the palate with shy vanilla notes and essences of demerara sugar."

- Mel Heim, Master Distiller