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Bourbon and Cigar Pairing – A.J. Fernandez Last Call

Recently, my friend, Wayne Klawier and I got together on the back deck to do a Bourbon and cigar pairing with the A. J. Fernandez “Last Call” cigar. We decided to use two of our favorite Bourbons, Four Roses Yellow... Continue Reading →

Bourbon And Cigar Pairing: Caldwell Savages

We are digging out of a crazy springtime snow storm here in Louisville, and this is the first day it has been sunny and bearable in over a week. The snow is still melting from the trees. But it is... Continue Reading →

Bourbon And Cigar Pairing: La Palina 125th Anniversary Corojo

Like many bourbon brands, cigar companies are often family businesses that are kept alive or revived by determined relatives. We’ve seen this play out a lot recently in Kentucky with brands that were snuffed out by Prohibition being revived by... Continue Reading →

Bourbon And Cigar Pairing: My Father The Judge

Every few months Michael, Wayne, and I get together to try a cigar with a lineup of bourbons or ryes. It has been a while since we used bourbon in our pairing studies, so we switched back to the same... Continue Reading →

New Orleans Bourbon Festival

This year was the inaugural New Orleans Bourbon Festival at the Marriott Convention Center. This is planned to be an annual event taking place in the city that could be argued as the birthplace of Bourbon. Kentucky may be the... Continue Reading →

Bourbon And Cigar Pairing: Liga Undercrown

When I started studying bourbon and cigar pairings with Michael Veach last spring, we already knew one thing: the conventional wisdom about pairing bourbon and cigars has got it all wrong. Everywhere you turn there are people telling you a... Continue Reading →

Bourbon And Cigar Pairing Study: Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 Sun Grown

Carlos Fuente, Sr., patriarch of the Fuente family, passed away in early August at the age of 81. Arturo Fuente is one of the titans of the cigar industry, and perhaps one of the most recognizable manufacturers in the world.... Continue Reading →

Bourbon And Cigar Pairing Study: Liga Undercrown Shade By Drew Estate

It used to be there were two busy times of the year to work in or around the bourbon industry in Louisville- Derby Festival and Bourbon Festival. Other than that things were pretty quiet most of the time. These days... Continue Reading →

Bourbon And Cigar Pairing Study: Surrogates Animal Cracker

Maggie Kimberl, Wayne Klawier and I came together again to do a Bourbon and Cigar pairing. This time Maggie picked the cigar – a Surrogates Animal Cracker . This is an Oscuro cigar with a Habano Ecuadorian wrapper. I found the... Continue Reading →

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