Both cigars and scotch whisky are acquired tastes, and the two just happen to go very well together. And like any other product, you might have to pay a bit more for a marginally better cigar, but you will definitely have to pay a lot more for a marginally better single malt scotch. It's a good thing that cigars are sold as singles, so it is possible to enjoy an occasional expensive premium cigar without having to break the bank. However, the prices on some bottles of expensive Scotch border on the ridiculous.
For one example, Macallan 12-year is a very good single malt scotch, and it is not cheap at about $45 per bottle. But a move up to Macallan 18 at $180 per bottle might completely exhaust the annual scotch budgets of many occasional imbibers. Although I do enjoy a good scotch (like Macallan 12-year) with a fine cigar, I am not what you would call a scotch connoisseur. Besides, their are plenty of other libations that also pair very well with cigars. I do appreciate and recognize that the 18-year scotch (which was a gift from my wife) is smoother than the 12-year variety, but the bottom line is: Would you rather have four bottles of Macallan 12-year single malt scotch or just one bottle of the Macallan 18 - or perhaps two bottles of Macallan 12 and two bottles of Chivas 18?
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