PAPPY VAN WINKLE TRADITION
The Pappy Van Winkle Tradition is the second release to come from the partnership of Drew Estate and Pappy & Company – makers of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.
This partnership started with the Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented in 2015.
The blend for the Tradition was one of Master Blender Willy Herrera’s first creations when he considered joining Drew Estate in 2010.
It is said when Julian Van Winkle, president of the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, smoked the blend in 2016 he loved it so much he knew it would become the Tradition.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian habano oscuro
Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (La Gran Fabrica)
#CigarHerf Smoking Experience:
Profile. Aroma. Taste.
Pappy Van Winkle
The smell of the foot indicated some earthy tones.
Cold draw revealed some spicy notes.
The Pappy Van Winkle Tradition cigar was easily cut with a guillotine cutter. It was easily lit with a triple torch lighter.
As I took the first few puffs I noticed a tangy sensation as I let the smoke hit the back of my tongue.
The ash was a metallic grey color which stood straight until around the 1/5 mark when it started to curl.
I started getting a slight buzz after only taking a few puffs.
I noticed my mouth getting dry as I continued smoking the cigar.
After the first third I still noticed some spicy taste as well as the ash curling some more. About half the ash fell off the cigar around the 1/3 mark but the rest stayed on.
While smoking the cigar I could feel the heat about a thumb’s width from the burn line.
Once I was towards the half way mark of the Pappy Van Winkle cigar, I was able to remove the secondary band easily even though it was fastened with glue.
Towards the final third there was a slight crack in the wrapper but it didn’t affect the enjoyment of the cigar at all.
The primary band was fastened with glue but was easily removed just like the secondary band.
I only had to relight the cigar once and that was around the final third.
The buzz became more noticeable as I smoked the cigar.
Overall I would say the Drew Estate Pappy Van Winkle Tradition is a medium to full strength cigar which should be enjoyed on a full stomach.
It should be smoked slowly if one isn’t used to a strong cigar.
Approximately 2 hours
The cigar used in this review was graciously supplied by Drew Estate at IPCPR 2017.
Boxes of 10
Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Coronita (4 x 46)
Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Belicoso Fino (5 x 50)
Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Robusto Grande (5 ½ x 54)
Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Toro (6 x 50)
Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Churchill (7 x 48) – Drew Diplomat Spirits Retailers Only
Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Corona (5 ½ x 44) — only available from Jonathan Drew/Julian Van Winkle personally
Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Lonsdale (6 ½ x 44) — only at Drew Diplomat Reward Events from October to December 2017
About Van Winkle Bourbon:
The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery has a four generation history.
The Van Winkle family’s involvement in the bourbon industry began in the late 1800s with Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle, Sr.
He was a traveling salesman for the W.L. Weller and Sons wholesale house in Louisville . Pappy and a friend, Alex Farnsley, eventually bought the wholesale house and also partnered with Mr. A. Ph. Stitzel on the purchase of Mr. Sitzel’s distillery.
The three of them merged the two companies and became the Stitzel-Weller Distillery.
In May of 1935 at the age of 61, Pappy opened the newly completed Stitzel-Weller Distillery in South Louisville .
Its prominent brands were W.L. Weller, Old Fitzgerald, Rebel Yell, and Cabin Still. Pappy had a heavy influence on the operations there until his death at the age of 91.
His son, Julian, Jr. took over operations until he was forced by stockholders to sell the distillery in 1972.
The rights to all of their brands were sold to Norton Simon, Inc. Later, United Distillers, who eventually ended up with the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, sold off all of the original labels around 1999.
After selling the distillery, Julian Jr. resurrected a pre-Prohibition label, the only one to which the Van Winkles kept the rights, called Old Rip Van Winkle.
He used whiskey stocks from the old distillery to supply his brand. Julian Jr.’s son, Julian, III took over in 1981 when Julian, Jr. passed away. Julian III has continued with the Van Winkle tradition of producing high-quality wheated bourbon.
His son, Preston , joined the company in 2001 and the Van Winkles look to continue that tradition for generations to come.
In 2002 the Van Winkles entered into a joint venture with Buffalo Trace Distillery in Franklin County , Frankfort , Ky.
All of the Van Winkle’s whiskey production now takes place at Buffalo Trace Distillery under the same strict guidelines the family has always followed.
For more information on the Van Winkle family of bourbon please visit:
Old Rip Van Winkle
About Drew Estate
Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world.
Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts.
In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Isla del Sol, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, Florida Sun Grown, and Java by Drew Estate.
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Don Stuike (@DonTheCigarDon)