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ESTELÍ, NICARAGUA — Crafted for connoisseurs who love big ring gauge cigars, Drew Estate has added a new 6×60 Gordo size cigar to their Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented premium cigar line. Launched on March 19, 2022, the cigar is currently available exclusively on Pappy & Company’s website, and will be available nationwide to Drew Diplomat Program participants in 2023.

The result of a close collaboration between Drew Estate founder and President Jonathan Drew and the Van Winkle family, the Reserve Barrel Fermented selection was created as an homage to Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle and the distinguished bourbon legacy he created four generations ago.

The Most Difficult, Complex Blend

“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. “Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented is complicated to produce, and this is the singular reason that we produce very few of them.”

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Available exclusively on Pappy & Company’s website, the Drew Estate Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Gordo is will be available nationwide to Drew Diplomat Program participants in 2023.

Medium-to-full in body, the Reserve Barrel Fermented Gordo is handcrafted with a Tapa Negra-style Kentucky Fire-Cured and barrel-aged wrapper over a Mexican San Andres base wrapper, aged Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan and Kentucky Fire-Cured filler tobaccos. The smoke issues notes of coffee, cedar and charred wood with a smoky sweetness that pairs perfectly with bourbon, whisky or scotch.

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Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented Gordo cigars are packaged in 10-count boxes with an MSRP of $175/box or $17.50/cigar.

“Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented cigars are a symbol of quality, distinction and rarity, just like our family’s bourbon,” says Carrie Van Winkle Greener, Co-Founder of Pappy & Company “We are proud of our collaboration with Jonathan and the rest of the Drew Estate team to produce a completely one-of-a-kind cigar.”

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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