As a cigar smoker, nothing in my eyes pairs better with many of my favorite smokes as a good bourbon.
In recent years, the bourbon market is going strong thanks for big and small players alike introducing new small batch concoctions to keep even the most complex palate happy. This new age of bourbon appreciation seems to have gone hand-in-hand with the growth and appreciation of cigars, so we’re happy to oblige by consuming both.
One of our favorite (who am I kidding, definitely my personal favorite) brands is by far Bulleit Frontier Whiskey’s bourbon pour. With a nice combination of caramel, vanilla oak and other tastes, Bulleit has been the poster-child for trendy brands in the industry. Dispite and one time being owned by Seagram’s, Bulleit is now part of the Diageo family and it’s doing a great job of fostering the brand.
As we all know, a true bourbon must be at least 51% corn. But Tom Bulleit, modifying his great-great-grandfather Augustus Bulleit’s originizal formula, has taken Bulleit’s bourbon’s mash bill to 68% corn, 28% rye and 4% malted barely. This high-rye content gives it a nice kick and really pairs well with a medium-to-bold cigar.
It serves well neat or as a great mixer. I’ve turned many a folk onto the Bulleit brand and most remain loyal – when ordering out or at home.
And id you really want a treat, try the Bulleit 10-year Bourbon. I keep this for special occasions or even just a rough day. It’s costlier but if you’re a bourbon fan like me, having an aged bottle around is a must.
Bulleit is a premium (at least by everyday standards) bourbon at an affordable price. Your local Costco even carries it a deep discount and the bottle lasted me about 4 months.
What do you think? Are you a Bulleit fan? What’s your favorite bourbon?