Kentucky’s Finest

I love cigars. I also love bourbon.

A few years ago, my wife and I celebrated our anniversary by driving about 3 hours north of Nashville, TN to the mecca of bourbon, the Louisville, KY area.  While touring (and more importantly tasting) several different distilleries, I gained a greater appreciation for the process in which the bourbon makers create their unique product.  Similar to my fascination with the cigar making process that requires much planning, skill and patience, I was more than impressed with the operation and culture at Woodford Reserve.

The Irish-imported Copper Stills used at Woodford Reserve Distillery

The Irish-imported Copper Stills used at Woodford Reserve Distillery

Now I am biased when it comes to bourbon as I can boldly proclaim that Woodford Reserve is my favorite (Tennessee’s own Jack Daniels is my favorite Whiskey…and there is a difference).  Not only do I feel as if it’s the smoothest and most flavorful coming out of the state of Kentucky, the lengths to which they go to ensure the quality are second to none.

Check out Woodford Reserves company website HERE.  Age verification required.

While driving from distillery to distillery, you cannot help but to notice the miles upon miles of tobacco fields that cover the country side. And being the lover of cigars that I am, I had always wondered why this state, which is second to only North Carolina in growing and producing tobacco in the US, is never mentioned in the cigar conversation.

Well recently, Drew Estates answered this question for me, as I was never really able to get a clear answer.  They recently released a cigar called the MUWAT (My Uzi Weighs A Ton) Kentucky Fire Cured. Before the release, I learned of the special process they went through to create this cigar and the process-loving side of me immediately became a fan and eagerly awaited this release.

Tobacco grown and cured in Kentucky is typically used for pipe tobacco. Now if you’ve ever smoked a pipe (I’ve tried a few times and it’s an acquired thing), you know that pipe tobacco is very moist and has to be lit several times while smoking it.  And while nothing compares to the aromas and taste that one gets from pipes, that moisture it’s known for is not conducive to cigars.

20140531-181140-65500382.jpgDrew Estate, after years of experimentation mastered a way to take this very tobacco, fire cure/ smoke it in barns and blend them in a way that they work in perfect harmony to burn the way cigar aficionados need them to.

Check out Drew Estate’s company website HERE.  Age verification required.

Pairing this cigar with this bourbon is nothing less than awesome. The literal smokiness and woody aroma of this cigar only enhanced the woody, creaminess of the bourbon. Upon lighting and taking in the aroma the cigar, you immediately think of the hickory or oak chips used to smoke your favorite meats while you’re grilling. I can’t help but to mentally picture myself barbecuing while smoking this cigar. If you know anything about me, you know that this is heaven for me. The smooth, toasty vanilla feel of the bourbon is just strong enough to remind you that you’re drinking a premium bourbon, but not so full or spicy that you can’t enjoy sipping it straight without any chaser or mixers. Great bourbon + great cigar = happy CigaHr guy!

This is a must-try combination of a medium-body bourbon with a medium to full-body cigar. Give them a shot together and let me know what you think in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Kentucky’s Finest

  1. Very cool information, and I told my wife I have always wanted to take the bourbon trail experience and being in Nashville, too there is no reason why I have not. So great info, I would like to hear some do’s and don’ts if you don’t mind about your experience?

    Thanks,

    Chad

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    • Thanks again Chad.

      The only advice I can give you for the Bourbon Trail is to take your time and hit as many of the distilleries as you can. Take it all in and enjoy the sites. Make it a whole 1-2 day trip. It’s well worth it!

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