The art of handcrafted tobacco and fine cigars is probably one of Uruguay´s best kept secrets. The Alvarez family has been elaborating hand-rolled cigars in the region of the Santa Lucia River (about 30 minutes away from the capital city) for more than 40 years but with a legacy of 130 years received from their Cuban ancestors. The fifth generation nowadays continues the same line of excellence of those expert hands that rolled each cigar, dedicating time and care to what they love to do. The main qualities of a good Cigar are: burn process, texture, flavor, elasticity, smell, color and the balance of oils and nicotines. Our Uruguayan Cigars exhibit all of these characteristics. Learn all about the tobacco development process that leads to the quality of the end result, participate on a cigar hand roll demonstration followed by a tasting and cigar pairing session with some of Uruguay´s best liquors, ports and wines. This region is also known for its wines and vineyards making it the perfect spot for such an experience which will take place in a local family-ran winery located only 5 minutes from the tobacco plantations. Manuel Filgueira, enologist and wine lover, started with “Los Nadies” boutique winery after a lifetime within the wine industry. He produces two superb wines that you will have the opportunity to taste.
Even the most seasoned cigar smokers and spirit connoisseurs can sometimes find themselves at a loss when pairing drinks with cigars. The very ability to pair cigars and spirits strikes many as a mystery but it is simply a matter of learning how to taste. The more we use our sense of taste, the more refined it becomes. That’s how professional cigar makers and winemakers develop their expertise. Few things are more satisfying, from a palate pleasing point of view, than pairing a good cigar with a suitable libation. The main criteria are not to let the drink dominate the cigar, or vice versa. The magic is to match the body of the beverage to the body of the cigar. A light-bodied cigar will go well with some white wines or young reds. Pairing cigars with wines and spirits is just one part of the celebration, but in the end, your own taste, whether it’s the first time or a connoisseur’s, is the final judge as to what will work and what won’t when it comes to pairing cigars and spirits. During the experience you will have fun testing out different smoke and drink combinations and developing your own perfect pairings.
Length of the activity: 4 hrs.
Available: All year round with previous booking only