There are fewer things in life that go better together than a fine whiskey and a bold cigar. The oak and smoke flavor profiles are a match made in distiller’s heaven. The actual process of bringing the pairing to life revolves solely around preference, but when you start off with an expertly crafted whiskey, then you’re already on the right track. We’ve put together a list of cigar couplings that bring out the nuances of our whiskeys while showcasing a truly delicious flavor profile.
Grab your cutter, lighter, and a glass and let’s get started!
“Smells like sweet corn and husks, dry hay, grains and a hint of green apple. And it drinks a bit peppery, with corn prominent on the front palate, drying out to light wood and licorice.” ~ Mel Heim, Master Distiller & Blender
Cigar Pairing: Oliva Series G
This medium-bodied Nicaraguan cigar is a true palate-pleaser. Perfectly balanced and amazingly priced, notes of coffee and roasted nuts compliment the black pepper and green apple in the Barrel Hitch. It’s also a great introductory cigar and won’t break your wallet.
Burnside West End Blend is a meticulous blend of American whiskies ranging in age and mash bills with a kiss of toasted Oregon Oak to make a vibrant, earthy sipper at an accessible proof and price.
Cigar Pairing: La Gloria Cubana
Created by the cigar guru E.P. Carillo, the La Gloria Cubana showcases an array of hand-chosen filters all brought together in a Connecticut Broadleaf or Ecuadorian wrapper. Packing a ton of flavor, cedar and leather notes bring out the honeyed sweetness and subtle citrus in the West End Blend.
Finished in Garryana oak casks, our Burnside Oregon Oaked Bourbon showcases a hints of peach and allspice with a lingering finish of toasted oak. The Oregon Oaked is unique flavor experience like no other – spiced, sweet, balanced and full-bodied.
Cigar Pairing: Alec Bradley Magic Toast
Rich and smooth, the Magic Toast is jam-packed with layers of bitter chocolate and oak, making it a pure treat for every cigar lover. The bold flavors create a perfect accompaniment for our Oregon Oak blend; accentuating the depth of the whiskey and bringing out the caramel nuances supporting the overall prominent oak flavors.
A delicious blend of straight rye and straight whiskies ranging in age, the Burnside Oregon Oaked Rye is a one-of-a-kind rye with finished in Garryana casks. It's our first venture into rye and it was worth the wait.
Cigar Pairing: Camacho Nicaraguan Barrel Aged
Coming out of the gate swinging, the Camacho Barrel Aged is unapologetically bold, just like the Oregon Oaked Rye. The rye’s toffee sweetness cools down the Camacho’s potent flavors of black pepper, leather, and spice. This pairing is all about sweet and salty, bitter and creamy, and the opposites that bring out the best in each other.
Burnside Goose Hollow Reserve is a small batch expression of straight bourbon whiskies that are expertly blended then aged for 70 days in Garryana Casks for a South meets West Bourbon unlike any other.
Cigar Pairing: Padron 1926 Anniversary
There is a reason why the Padron 1926 is considered to be one of the perennial favorites to win cigar of the year. The expertly chosen Nicaraguan tobacco highlights the very best of cigar construction and flavor development. Elegant and sophisticated, the Padron is the ideal companion for the Goose Hollow Reserve, elevating the notes of oak, gourmet vanilla, and ripe summer plum. Do yourself a favor, and try this one for yourself.
Our Burnside Buckman expression is a celebration of our 10 year anniversary and the newest member of our highly acclaimed Burnside Whiskey family. We’ve sourced the best aged bourbons in the country and mellowed them in our Quercus Garryana casks to create a one-of-a-kind premium bourbon experience.
Cigar Pairing: Drew Estate Liga Privada #9
Bold, balanced, and beautiful, Drew Estate’s Liga Privada #9 is the apex of craftsmanship in the cigar world. Rich earthy tones brought out by the dark Oscuro wrapper round out into a slightly sweet finish. The wide range of enticing flavors creates the perfect canvas for the Buckman Reserve Bourbon to show off. The floral undertones and slightly sweet brown sugar profile of the Buckman mingles with the elegant cigar bringing together oak and smoke in a truly uniquely developed experience.