Pappy Van Winkle cigars are long-filler, premium cigars handcrafted in very small batches by Drew Estate Cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua. What makes this line so unique is that the wrapper tobaccos are grown in Kentucky, USA and fermented in bourbon barrels using the following special process:
After harvesting, the tobaccos are fire-cured in the traditional Kentucky method, then shipped to Saint James Parish, Louisiana where the tobaccos undergo barrel fermentation. However, instead of fermenting the tobaccos on pilóns as is traditionally done, their process uses car jacks to compress up to 500 pounds of tobacco into a 53-gallon barrels. After fermentation is complete, the tobaccos are shipped to La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Nicaragua.
At the factory, the cigars are rolled with an all-Nicaraguan tobacco core personally selected by Jonathan Drew, and finished with two wrappers in which the Kentucky grown leaf is rolled over a Mexican San Andres leaf. Jonathan calls this wrapper blending process “tapa negra.”
The smoke is medium-bodied and issues an appealing bourbon bouquet, making them ideal for pairing with your favorite bourbon, which brings out the pepper and smoke notes in the blend. Flavors of charred oak and leather, plus hints of vanilla and cinnamon make up the mix for a sweet and relaxing smoke unlike any other.