Cigar: Buffalo Trace Cigar
Brand: Sazerac (whitelabeled)
Shape: Robusto, Churchill, & Toro
Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra
“Sazerac, the parent company of over 450 brands of fine spirits, expands its reach in the cigar market with Buffalo Trace. After more than 200 years dedicated to distilling whiskey, the award-winning, Kentucky-based brand has joined a growing list of bourbon brands, such as Maker’s Mark and Pappy Van Winkle, to put its name on a cigar.”
About The Buffalo Trace Cigar:
“Available in three vitolas, each medium-bodied premium features a hearty Sumatra wrapper grown in the lush soil of Ecuador’s Los Ríos region. Tobacco was introduced to this area by Cuban exiles in the 1960s, adding further complexity to a land that for centuries has grown some of the world’s best cocoa and coffee beans.
To craft a nuanced premium that interplays smoothly with the bourbon, a Brazilian Arapiraca binder holds barrel-aged Piloto Cubano (Dominican Republic) and Estelí Ligero (Nicaragua) long-fillers. Cedar, pepper, turbinado, earth, and espresso all complement the brown sugar, spice, oak, toffee, and dark fruit tones found in each bottle of Buffalo Trace.”
Notes & Review
Aroma: Deep-roasted coffee notes with undertones of spiced cedar and leather.
Flavor: Mellow notes of cedarwood, tanned leather, baking spice, black pepper, and undertones of cocoa and vanilla make this a nicely balanced experience.
Draw: Clean draw without any issues. A great amount of flavorful smoke proportional to the intensity of the draw. Nice, medium body to the smoke making it a mellow experience without the smoke being too dense.
Burn: Clean and even burn. Don’t smoke it too fast or it will cone, but it’s perfect for a nice, leisurely smoke.
Review: After the Weller Cohiba letdown, I tempered my expectations for the Buffalo Trace expression. However, I was delightfully mistaken. This was a wonderful smoke.
I was offered one of these beauties by one of my best buddies, Vince. He’s a great guy, a true whiskey enthusiast, and one of the board members of our local whiskey group. He was green-egging some burgers and we were sharing pours. He and I each enjoyed one of these while sipping a variety of different whiskeys.
Very classic cigar flavors and aroma make it a perfect and flexible smoke in the backyard or at a lounge.
The draw to smoke ratio is great and the density of the smoke allows you to smoke the whole cigar at your own pace without feeling too weighed down. I know some smoke makes you feel saturated, but the medium body of the smoke keeps it in a sweet spot.
Overall, for an average of $8 depending on which vitola you select, you can’t go wrong. It’s an easy smoke, bold enough to stand on its own but also light enough to pair with whichever pour you desire.
Cheers Vince, and thanks for the cigar!
Greg Sinadinos started his spirits journey writing a whiskey periodical for Fine Tobacco NYC Magazine. He began answering review requests under a social media page he named “Whiskey Culture,” which quickly merged with Greg’s passion for connecting with others and his interest in history.
Today, Greg travels the country not just looking for great whiskey, but also exploring the history and individuals that the whiskey community is founded upon. He has authored “Whiskey History From Around The World” and is the host of “The Rickhouse” web series.