Drew Estate’s original Pappy Van Winkle-inspired blend is now offered in a new, larger size.
The Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Gordo is a new 6 x 60 size of the line, which debuted in 2015. It uses two wrappers—Mexican San Andrés and Kentucky-grown tapa negra—over a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Kentucky and Nicaragua. The tobaccos from Kentucky are both fire-cured and barrel-aged, creating one of the more unique profiles you can find in a cigar.
While Drew Estate offers some of the line to stores nationwide, this size will start as an exclusive to Pappy & Co., a Van Winkle family storefront that sells merchandise and other goods that use branding associated with the family’s famous whiskey. Drew Estate says the cigar will be sold to Drew Diplomat Retailers beginning next year.
MSRP for the Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Gordo is $17.50 per cigar and it will be sold in boxes of 10. The cigars will go on sale tomorrow, March 19.
This is the fifth size for the line, all but this and the Flying Pig size are sold to Drew Diplomat Program retailers.
“Pappy Barrel Fermented stands alone as the most difficult, complex blend we have ever produced due to the intricate level of leaf processing in both Kentucky and Louisiana, as well as leaf placement at the factory floor,” said Jonathan Drew, co-founder and president of Drew Estate, in a press release. “Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented is complicated to produce, and this is the singular reason that we produce very few of them.”
While the cigars are branded with the Pappy Van Winkle name, Drew Estate makes no claims about using either Pappy Van Winkle bourbon or the barrels that once held Pappy Van Winkle for the process of making the cigars.