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Bonding with Bourbon

The frontier spirit with the big flavor offers myriad possibilities for pairing with cigars
By Jack Bettridge | From Charles Barkley, March/April 2020
Bonding with Bourbon
It’s no secret that brown leaves and brown liquids make excellent partners for smoking and sipping together. It’s harder to determine what cigar pairs best with what spirit. So many combinations exist that you’ll probably never know, but one thing is clear: Bourbon is one of the surest places to start. The American whiskey, based on corn and aged in strongly charred oak, is so subtly sweet and endowed with rustic notes that it is nearly impossible to find one that isn’t at least a friendly connection to a fine cigar. Born in the American colonies, using a newly available grain—corn—Bourbon developed into an elegant quaff with strict standards (especially as a …
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