Drew Estate Introduces All-New Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Corona Viva

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We’ve all grown fond of what Drew Estate and Pappy Van Winkle collaborate on. Here at Chaveta Report we like the Tradition blend, but we’re in love with the Barrel Fermented blend to the moon. Seeing another blend get thrown into a new vitola makes us excited to see how the experience will change for us!

From the Press Release:

A new size for Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented cigars is debuting soon. The all-new Corona Viva (5 3⁄4 x 46) vitola will launch in the middle of July as an exclusive cigar available only at Pappy & Company’s website, pappyco.com.

A collaboration between the Van Winkle family, owners of Pappy & Company, and Drew Estate, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented cigars pays homage to the legacy of excellence established by Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle in the bourbon world more than a century ago. Every Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented cigar features a Tapa Negra-style Dark Fire-Cured and barrel-aged wrapper over a Mexican San Andres base wrapper, as well as aged Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan and Kentucky Fire-Cured filler tobaccos. The new Corona Viva’s narrow ring gauge accentuates the barrel-fermented tobacco presence in the Pappy Van Winkle blend, which offers an ultra-premium smoking experience with notes of chocolate, coffee, cedar and charred wood with an overall smoky sweetness. Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented cigars are medium- to full-bodied smokes that pair perfectly with bourbon, whisky or scotch.

Taken at the 2019 Louisiana Barn Smoker

From Jonathan Drew:

 “The barrel-aging process, using ‘spent’ Pappy Van Winkle oak barrels deeply tempers and refines the fire-cured Kentucky tobacco’s smoky complexity, allowing the tobaccos from Central America to play the leading role in flavor and aroma. Saint James Parish was created in 1807 directly between New Orleans and Baton Rouge on the Mississippi River and is known for a tradition called ‘Bonfires on the Levee,’ which takes place on Christmas Eve. We will discuss more about the folklore of Papa Noel and an Acadian named Pierre Chenet at our Barn Smoker coming up in Connecticut on Aug. 12-14.”

Jonathan Drew, President & Founder of Drew Estate

From Carrie Van Winkle:

“Both the Van Winkle family and Drew Estate built their reputations on being painstakingly committed to producing artisanal, high-quality and handcrafted products. Our shared passion for those traditions stands at the center of every Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented cigar, and the new Corona Viva format extends and deepens our mutual legacy for producing authentic, handcrafted and high-quality products.”

Carrie Van Winkle, Co-Founder Pappy & Company

About the new release:

  • Vitola: Corona Viva (5 3/4 x 46)
  • Wrapper:  Tapa Negra-style Dark Fire-Cured and barrel-aged wrapper over a Mexican San Andres base
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Kentucky Fire Cured
  • Box Count: 10 Count Boxes
  • Price: $160 (box), $16 (single)

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