Great bourbon and cigar pairings

I love to drink bourbon; it is how I unwind after a long week or relax after a rough day. Swirling the bourbon around the glencairn, nosing it, swirling it again, than taking that first sip, its euphoria! Now as much as I love drinking bourbon, there is nothing better than a three finger pour, paired with a great cigar. Not everyone’s palate is going to agree with these pairings, and I am by no means a cigar expert, more of a weekend warrior at best, but these are some of the bourbon/cigar combinations I found to work very well together. Hope you enjoy!

Makers

Maker’s Mark Cask Strength ($35 for 350ml)/Maker’s Mark 650 ($10)

The mild-medium strength cigar is aromatically enhanced with Maker’s Mark bourbon giving it a delicious scent to match its sweet taste. Pairs well with the sweet, heat of Maker’s Mark Cask strength.

BOOKER

Booker’s ($50)/Monte Cristo White Series ($13)

The full-bodied, rich tasting, Monte Cristo White Series combines extremely well with the high proofed Booker’s.

MICHTER

Michter’s Toasted ($40) /Davidoff ($15)

The hints of dark chocolate along with the sweet toasted flavor of the Davidoff compliment the mild oak and cinnamon taste of the Michter’s Toasted Barrel very well.

BASIL

Basil Hayden’s ($40)/Sindicato ($12)

The Sindicato is a medium to full strength flavored cigar that has a nice blend of sweet spice and pepper flavors that mend really well with the spiciness of the Basil Hayden’s.

The 5 best bourbon's under $30

With the price of bourbon sky rocketing, it can be difficult to enjoy a good bottle when it’s costing you an arm and a leg. That’s why I have compiled a list of 5 go to bourbons that are only going to cost you around $30, so when you rip through it in a day or two you won’t feel as bad.

EC

#5 - Elijah Craig 12 year: A great small batch bourbon with a long, storied history. It’s about as complete a bourbon you will find at any price point, it has a wonderful nose and is packed with flavor. You can’t go wrong with this gem at $30.

OGD2

#4 - Old Grand-Dad 114: This delightful bourbon pays tribute to the great Basil Hayden. It is a bargain at $28. It is a high rye bourbon, which gives it a little more spice, and packs a punch at 114 proof. You may want to cut it a bit with some mineral water, but definitely smooth enough to drink neat.

bulleit

#3 - Bulleit: A savory, high rye bourbon with lots of bold, spicy flavor. Using an old family recipe, this whiskey was revived in 1987 using small batch techniques and limestone filtered water. A great, smooth bourbon for $25.

makers1

#2 - Maker's Mark: Their signature wax top bottle is filled with a 90 proof wheat based bourbon. It is made with that clean Kentucky limestone water giving it a remarkably smooth taste. A Perfect $28 sipping bourbon for a summers night!

OWA2

#1 - Old Weller Antique: This is my go to bourbon for under 30 dollars. Though it has become a little more difficult to find, it is still readily available in most parts of the U.S. It is a delicious wheated bourbon with lots of flavor and comes in at 107 proof, if you can find a better bottle for $25 please let me know!