Buzzard's Roost Releases Perfect Whiskey for Cigar Lovers
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Buzzard’s Roost Takes a Stab at the Perfect Whiskey for Cigar Lovers

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Buzzard’s Roost is releasing a Cigar Rye aged with tobacco leaves. (Photo: Buzzard’s Roost)

The latest release from Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey is a limited-edition “Cigar Rye,” finished in American oak barrels that were smoked with aged Kentucky tobacco leaves.

Jason Brauner, co-founder and master blender for Buzzard’s Roost, chose a four-year-old Indiana rye to finish in Char 1 barrels, which were toasted to coax out flavors meant to pair well with the aged cigar tobacco.

“We love creating really special whiskies using creative twists,” Buzzard’s Roost Co-founder and CEO Judy Hollis Jones said, according to the Lane Report. “This expression showcases the skills of our blending and barrel team, who had a very intentional flavor profile in mind for this rye. It’s especially nice paired with a fine cigar.”

Buzzard’s Roost Cigar Rye is bottled at 105 proof and has a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. Only three barrels were produced. Buzzard’s Roost recommends sipping neat — with or without a cigar.

Buzzard’s Roost Cigar Rye Tasting Notes

Nose: Floral notes and rye bread, followed by a delicate whiff of smoke, and cinnamon and brown sugar, courtesy of the proprietary toast profile

Taste: Leather and aged cigar tobacco provide nice background notes. On the palate, a combination of candy sweetness and confectionary notes fade to a mid-palate of cigar tobacco and citrus

Finish: Sweet, toasty

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David Morrow is the managing editor of Whiskey Raiders and has been with the company since September 2021. David has worked in journalism since 2015 and has had bylines at Sports Illustrated, Def Pen, the Des Moines Register and the Quad City Times. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. When he’s not tasting the newest exciting whiskey releases, David enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, watching sports and traveling.