After years of exclusivity to the Pappy & Company online store, Drew Estate and Pappy & Co. have announced that the Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Barrel Fermented cigars will now be distributed to authorized retailers throughout the U.S.

Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Barrel Fermented was first announced in 2014, with small batches of the cigars being sold as pre-orders on the Pappy & Co. online store. The cigars were then made more readily available in 2016, with the previously unsettled blend receiving a more open and solidified recipe. This included a barrel-fermented and Mexican San Andrés dual wrapper and vintage Nicaraguan fillers.

This blend has continued to this day, with Drew Estate now expanding on the unique barrel-aging process:

[…] Hand selected leaves from Kentucky are packed into small torquettes (or bundles of tobacco), which are then loaded strategically into oak bourbon barrels. Water is then added, while immense pressure is applied to the torquettes via railroad jacks. The tobacco is removed 2-3 times per year, shaken out, then repacked. The total process of fermentation takes 12-18 months, leaving a truly unique flavor profile and aroma.

Drew Estate Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Barrel Fermented cigars open box

With the legendary Van Winkle bourbon and rye offerings now entering their annual distribution, the cigars are being released in tandem. Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Barrel Fermented cigars will join the growing list of limited offerings distributed exclusively to Drew Diplomat retailers across the country, being released in a wider range of sizes, including: Robusto (5¼” x 52), Toro (6″ x 52), and Churchill (7″ x 48). In addition, there will also be a Flying Pig (3 15/16” x 60) size, which will be an exclusive to the Pappy & Co. online store.

Drew Estate Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Barrel Fermented Flying Pig cigar

This is a historic partnership for the worlds of premium cigars and premium spirits. After five years of friendship, teamwork, and product/brand development – we are ready to move into the second phase of our aligned vision. The ongoing consumer demand for the BARREL FERMENTED expression is incredible … and we have discovered that hundreds of our brick and mortar stores were reaching out to the Van Winkles about carrying this specific line extension in their stores, even if they had to pay full retail price. While the entire barrel fermented line will remain available for online purchase exclusively at Pappy & Company, the Van Winkle and DE families have come together with a brick and mortar only opportunity for our DDRP customers who wish to sell the product. This is a game changer in every way. The BARREL FERMENTED is highly sought after, priced right, and is now going to have carefully controlled brick & mortar distribution nationwide.Jonathan Drew, President and Founder of Drew Estate

Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Barrel Fermented cigars will ship in boxes of 10 and 12 cigars, with prices ranging from $14 to $16 per cigar.

Drew Estate Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Barrel Fermented cigar sizes

Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Barrel Fermented Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Kentucky Barrel-Fermented | Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Small Batch / Seasonal
  • Packaging: 10-ct | 12-ct boxes
  • Vitolas: 4
  • Price: $14.00–$16.00 (MSRP)
  • Robusto: 5¼” x 52 | $14.00 ($140/10-ct box)
  • Toro: 6″ x 52 | $15.00 ($150/10-ct box)
  • Churchill: 7″ x 48 | $16.00 ($160/10-ct box)
  • Flying Pig: 3 15/16” x 60 (figurado) | $15.98 ($191.80/12-ct box) *Pappy & Co. exclusive
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