This highly recommended cigar and bourbon pairing accentuates the cigar's spice and toasty flavor while showing off the bourbon’s sweet essence of vanilla. It is truly heavenly and a personal favorite.
Cigar and Bourbon Pairing: A Heavenly Combination
One of the best experiences found in the cigar world encompasses the joy that happens when a premium Bourbon meets and bonds with a premium cigar. Of course, this is purely subjective but everyone has their favorites. I’ve paired an excellent cigar with a highly regarded bourbon for your enjoyment. Check it out below!
The Cigar: The toasty Padrón 1964 Anniversary Maduro Torpedo is made in Nicaragua by one of the most recognizable and respected cigar families in the industry. This box-pressed line is packed with flavorful nuances while remaining immaculately balanced the whole way through with flavors of cocoa, almonds, and a little titillating peppery spice. It's not only a celebration of the family's 30 years in the business, but also a celebration of cigar making at its finest. This cigar should only be appreciated with a premium bourbon.
A Lesson in Bourbon:
There are three main ingredients in whiskey; grain, yeast, and water. There can also be many additions, including peat smoke. The ingredients are simple but the various regional distillation processes give each variety a signature flavor.
Many whiskeys are aged in barrels, which lend to the liquor’s deep color and flavor. The type of barrel, aging length and climate will all have an impact on how the whiskey will look and taste.
Bourbon can only be produced in the United States. It's made from a mash of at least 51% corn and then aged in a new charred oak barrel.
The inspiration for the name of this traditionally Southern spirit is still debated. It could be derived from Bourbon County, Kentucky or perhaps Bourbon Street in New Orleans. This is what makes this whiskey, “bourbon”. Generally speaking, rye whiskey follows the same rules as Bourbon but must contain at least 51% rye in the mash.
The Bourbon: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey has a high rye content giving the libation a bold, spicy character with a smooth body and a clean finish. This Kentucky bourbon is a unique blend of rye, corn, and barley malt which is then aged in charred American oak barrels that lend a smoky profile. Bulleit Frontier is medium amber in hue with a mild spiciness with sweet oak aromas. Midway on the palate, Bulleit Frontier has notes of maple, oak, and nutmeg. The finish is long, dry, and smooth with vanilla and a light toffee flavor.
The Pairing: The Padrón 1964, when paired with the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey and its’ high-rye recipe, instantly displays oak, vanilla, and orange peel. Then come notes of more fruit and spices like pepper, cinnamon, and anise. Padrón along with a Bulleit Frontier coaxes the flavor of sweet marzipan out of the cigar, while the Bourbon's rye spice is exposed to great effect. This highly recommended pairing accentuates the cigar's spice and toast, exposing creamy orange notes, all the while showing off the bourbon’s sweet essence of vanilla. It is truly heavenly.
I hope you find this pairing to your liking.