Spirits and cigars have long been the perfect pair. As a result, one day, some genius thought to themself, 'What if I could enjoy both...at once?' And just like that, the barrel-aged cigar was born. The time-intensive process of aging spirits and cigars separately has been around for centuries. However, this synergetic way of aging cigars is relatively new.
How barrel-aged cigars are made:
Ever wondered how the best of both worlds collide? Retired wooden barrels that were once used to house spirits are sterilized and sometimes toasted to bring out their smokey, smooth flavor. Next, quality tobacco leaves are placed in the barrels and left to age for anywhere from a few months to several years, soaking in the toasty aroma from the barrels. Throughout this process, factors such as the temperature of the barrel and the humidity inside are carefully monitored to make sure the aging process goes smoothly. Once aged to perfection, the leaves are rolled into cigars to continue maturing.
Are barrel-aged cigars right for you?
From start to finish, barrel-aged cigars provide a distinct experience. The aged barrels pack the leaves with a unique, smooth flavor. When burned, the smoke carries a rich aroma, making for a novel and long-lasting experience.
Barrel-aged cigars are just as diverse in flavor and aroma as traditional cigars, meaning there's truly something for everyone. Depending on the spirit that was previously in the barrel, the tobacco yields different tasting notes. Cigars aged in wine, whiskey, or brandy barrels typically have a sweeter taste. Meanwhile, cigars from rum barrels tend to have a flavor of molasses or spice.
If you're looking for a sweeter taste, try the Macanudo Estate Reserve Flint Knoll. Aged in Cabernet barrels, these cigars bring out a nutty vanilla finish. Or light up a Diesel Whiskey Row cigar. With notes of oak and spice with a hint of sweetness, it pairs perfectly with bourbon. Part of the fun is finding the perfect beverage to complement your smoke.
In addition to the unique flavor, barrel-aged cigars offer an element of differentiation, providing different flavors every time and making it perfect for smoke celebrating special occasions. Barrel-aged cigars offer a rich smoking experience — from the aging process to the unique taste. If you’re looking for a way to elevate your next celebratory smoke, a barrel-aged cigar is a great way to shake things up.
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