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Ashton Cigars gets into the Single Malt Biz

April 4th, 2009

The good people behind those fine Ashton cigars were nice enough to produce two different whiskies to go along with their cigars. You’ll have to wait until September, though, to buy them.

I tasted them when I was out in Chicago for WhiskyFest, but they are still designing the bottle. Both whiskies are from Bruichladdich. There’s an 18 year old (1992 vintage) and a 16 year old (1994 vintage). They are finished (additional cask enhanced) in Amarone wine casks. Informally speaking, I thought both tasted pretty good. They’re rich enough to stand up to a cigar, but also enjoyable without a cigar.

I’ll have more details (and more formal tasting notes) in the near future.

7 Responses to “Ashton Cigars gets into the Single Malt Biz”

  1. Hi John! I hope you’re enjoying a great and relaxing vacation. I’m just wondering about the ages/vintages of those Bruichladdichs as they seem to calculate to the year 2010.

  2. John Hansell says:

    Hi Jonathan, today was relaxing. Thanks for the well wishes. Not sure about tomorrow though. I’m getting up at 3 AM to go out deep sea fishing…

    I believe the vintages are correct. That’s what I saw on the sample bottles. I just think we did the math wrong. Sorry about that. Nice whiskies, though.

  3. rich says:

    interesting. my cigar collection can always use a new companion.

    were they of the typical lightly-peated Bruichladdich style, or a bit smokier like a Port Charlotte…?

    • John Hansell says:

      They are the traditional “lightly peated” versions. Cigars are what will bring the smoke to the flavor profile, so this should work nicely.

  4. Robert levin From USA started the brand name “The Ashton” in the year 1985. The Ashton is a premium Cigar made up of Dominican grown tobacco. Lets hope that these whiskeys will be upto the mark.

  5. Will they be producing a combined set of a box which includes a bottle of whiskey and enough cigars to equal the drinking of the whiskey? I could be interested in getting a set like that as a present.

  6. John Hansell says:

    Nick, I don’t know. They let me taste their whiskies back in April at WhiskyFest Chicago, which I liked (and I also like Ashton cigars), but I haven’t heard back from then since. I’m hoping for the best.

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