One of America’s favourite distilleries now has its own cigar line. Buffalo Trace, the award-winning bourbon producer has teamed up with Cigars International, the world’s largest cigar retailer for a new collaboration that brings whiskey and smoking together again.
Created to celebrate the launch of Cigars International’s new SuperStore locations in Tampa and Lutz, the release takes pride of place in downtown Ybor City, a landmark district long-heralded as the birthplace of handmade cigars in the US. And you wouldn’t expect anything less. As one of the country’s most awarded distilleries, Buffalo Trace has carved out a reputation for history-defining releases, backed by a supreme level of craftsmanship and American ingenuity.
Just last year, the Kentucky-based whiskey producer was named Distillery of the Year at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition after an incredible showing that saw the brand snag a total of 18 medals and a Best in Class designation. With a distillery expansion still ongoing, the Kentucky icon is taking the time to celebrate its success, with a little help from Cigars International.
While the new line does bear the name of the Frankfort, Kentucky distillery, the cigars have little connection to the home base. Disappointingly, the release isn’t an infused cigar and hasn’t spent any time aged in the iconic Buffalo Trace barrels, however, that isn’t to say the quality isn’t there. The new Buffalo Trace cigars use an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over a Brazilian Arapiraca binder and Dominican piloto cubano and Nicaraguan fillers. True to form, it is being made at General Cigar Dominicana in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
“Expect notes of cedar, cashews, and leather with hints of vanilla and spice on the finish,” the official listing reads. “Incredibly balanced and unique, Buffalo Trace adds another ‘W’ to their resume and delivers one of the finest cigars we’ve had in long time. Oh, and it pairs exceptionally well with a few fingers of the good stuff.”
If you are a fan of the classic Kentucky bourbon and don’t mind a cigar or two, you’re in luck. The special release cigar comes in three sizes and in boxes of 20: Robusto (5” x 49) $7.50, Toro (6” x 52) $8.00, and Churchill (7” x 49) $8.50.