Treat Yourself to a Glass of Bourbon and a Pappy Van Winkle Barrel-Fermented Cigar

first_img Goose Island Releases 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup Editors’ Recommendations All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall If you’re a fan of bourbon, whiskey, rye, and The Manual, chances are you’re already familiar with famed whiskey Pappy Van Winkle from Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery and its family of spirits. Recently, Van Winkle has added a new addition to the brand: the Pappy Van Winkle Barrel-Fermented Cigar. Much like how fish and chips are a perfect combination, so too are good cigars and bourbon (in this case, a wheated bourbon which replaced rye with wheat in its mash bill). Partnering with the Drew Estate in Nicaragua, this particular cigar is 100-percent hand-made and “allows both bourbon fans and cigar connoisseurs to experience a flavor combination that is unique and that will remain consistent throughout each small batch.”Before ideas of dipping cigars in bourbon begin running through your imagination, know that a barrel-fermented cigar doesn’t actually have any Pappy or booze in it at all. Here’s how the process works:First, Drew Estate takes Kentucky-grown tobacco and sends it south to Louisiana.There, the tobacco undergoes the barrel-fermentation process.Pappy Van Winkle emphasizes that “tobacco produced for premium cigars generally ferments in pilóns, a thick pile of cured tobacco stacked on boards. Instead, our alternative barrel-fermenting process uses car jacks to compress up to 500 pounds of tobacco into a 53-gallon barrel.”The high pressure then ferments the tobacco, giving off a yeasty smell very reminiscent of that of a distillery.From there, the tobacco is shipped to the Drew Estate factory in Nicaragua where it is combined with a Mexican San Andreas base wrapper. Both are wrapped around excellent Nicaraguan binder and filler tobacco.It’s then boxed up and shipped, hopefully, to you, the pleased consumer.Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigar 10-Pack, Robusto – $130Shop NowYou can obviously opt to smoke one of these sans spirit. However, Pappy Van Winkle notes “[the cigar is] perfect for pairing with any bourbon or whiskey, Drew Estate’s favorite match is with the Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye from our family’s Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. The spice notes from the rye bring out the pepper and smoke notes in the cigar.”For other great cigars, check out Cigar Aficionado’s top cigars of 2018 – you won’t be disappointed. Woodford Reserve Adds a Wheat Whiskey to the Distillery’s Core Range The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy Dictador 2 Masters Takes Luxury Rum to a New Levellast_img read more

BC premier says final pieces of massive LNG Canada project now in

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government has secured the last steps of the fiscal framework for liquefied natural gas projects in the province.The legislative assembly passed the Income Tax Amendment Act Thursday, and Premier John Horgan says that will secure the largest private-sector investment in Canadian history. The joint venture, which includes Petronas, Shell Canada Energy and PetroChina Canada Ltd., announced last year that LNG Canada’s $40-billion project on B.C.’s northern coast would proceed. Changes to the Income Tax Act allow for the implementation of the tax credit for LNG development in the province.Horgan says the government set four stringent conditions for liquefied natural gas production in B.C., including a fair return for natural resources, jobs for residents and partnerships with First Nations.The premier says the LNG Canada project meets those conditions and is expected to generate $23 billion in government revenues.Companies in this story: (TSX:SHC)The Canadian Press read more

Keystone XL pipelines fate still unclear after Kerry Baird meeting

WASHINGTON — The Keystone XL pipeline project was among the topics on the table at a meeting Friday between Foreign Minister John Baird and his newly appointed American counterpart.Baird says he appreciated the discussion he had with Secretary of State John Kerry about the controversial Keystone project.But Kerry wouldn’t publicly indicate what he thinks of the project that has attracted criticism from environmentalists on both sides of the border.He instead told a news conference that he will await a review process started by his predecessor Hillary Clinton and is promising a decision in the “near term.”The decision on Keystone is in the hands of the state department because the Keystone project will cross an international border.Baird was the first foreign minister to meet with Kerry in his new role.Kerry, who was officially sworn in on Wednesday, insisted that he meet first with Canada’s foreign minister, Victoria Nuland, the state department’s spokeswoman, said in a daily briefing Thursday.“The secretary felt very strongly that our Canadian neighbour and ally should come first,” Nuland said.Baird’s visit to the U.S. capital comes just days after he and Kerry had a 15-minute phone call on Sunday.Baird made the case for Keystone approval during his weekend phone conversation with Kerry.The $7 billion project would carry carbon-intensive bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and has become a flashpoint for U.S. environmentalists, who view it as a symbol of dirty oil. read more