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Back in ’69, some refined cigar aficionados put several bourbons to the task of pairing well with a fine cigar. Of Maker’s Mark, the editor wrote: “The solidly medium-bodied Maker’s shows orange, vanilla and caramel flavor, with a sweetness informed by molasses and maple sugar. The woody finish is zesty and effervescent. The light Macanudo faltered next to the bourbon, but the other three cigars made a very impressive pairing with Maker’s. The Padrón tasted even sweeter in that context, the Monty balanced well, and the Fuente seemed more leathery and full-bodied.”
Nearly half a century later, that experience has been condensed into one single unit: the Maker’s Mark cigar. The long-leaf tobacco hails from the Dominican Republic, where I then believe it is infused with a late summer Kentucky breeze on a hillside.