The new collaboration smoke from Drew Estate and the family who owns the highly coveted collection of Pappy Van Winkle whiskies is now on sale across the country.
Pappy Van Winkle Tradition is covered by a dark, Ecuadoran Habano wrapper and features an Indonesian binder along with aged filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. According to Drew Estate, master blender Willy Herrera created the blend in 2010 before he officially joined the company. Herrera was visiting the Drew Estate factory in Nicaragua and created three blends as something of an audition while he was there. One of those early blends ended up becoming Pappy Van Winkle Tradition.
The cigars were sent to select Drew Diplomat retailers to coincide with the annual release of the Pappy Van Winkle family of whiskies, which many (including Whisky Advocate, the sister publication of Cigar Aficionado) consider to be among the finest Bourbons and ryes in the world. Each year, the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery releases only a small portion of its stock, beginning around mid-October.
Retailers received four sizes of the new cigar: Coronita, measuring 4 inches by 46 ring gauge; Robusto Grande, 5 1/2 by 54; Toro, 6 by 50; and Belicoso Fino, 5 by 50. Each size comes in boxes of 10 with a price tag between $14.60 and $24.60 per cigar, before taxes. According to Drew Estate, only 2,300 boxes of each size were sent to cigar shops.
Additionally, Drew Estate created 1,000 boxes of an even more limited size—a 7 inch by 48 ring gauge Churchill, which comes in boxes of 10 and carries a price tag of $23.60 per cigar—just for Drew Diplomat Spirits Retailers. These are stores that sell both cigars and spirits alongside each other, such as Binny’s Beverage Depot, ABC Cigar, and Spec’s.
Drew Estate has also made two other sizes of Pappy Van Winkle Tradition only for events: Lonsdale, which measures 6 1/2 inches by 44 ring gauge, and a Corona, 5 1/2 by 44.