October 14, 2014

Basil Hayden Straight Bourbon + Four Kicks

We originally tried this pair with Jack Daniels Single Barrel Tennessee Whisky, and though it was a good pair, we thought there was a better option out there.

The Drink: Basil Hayden Straight Bourbon

In 1796, Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr. broke ‘the rules’ by mixing small grains into the mash of a traditional corn base. A Maryland transplant unafraid to stand out amidst the residing establishment, Basil conjectured that the spicy flavor of rye would be a striking complement to the sweet smoothness of corn in his distillery’s standard bourbon.

On the nose: Spice, tea, hint of peppermint

On the palate: Spices, pepper, honey, light-bodied, gentle bite, dry, clean, and with a brief finish.

The Cigar: Crowned Heads Four Kicks

Crowned Heads inadvertently came out of the merging of General Cigar and CAO. After the merger and relocation of the company from Nashville, TN to Richmond, VA, John Huber left the company as the “Director of lifestyle marketing” to start his own line of cigars. In August of 2011, the company announced their partnership with E.P. Carrillo for the blending of their new cigars and they also announced their production of their new cigars.

Side note:  This cigar is actually named after the song “Four Kicks” by Kings of Leon

Construction 5 x 50, Habano Ecuador wrapper, Nicaragua binder and fillers, medium-full strength

The Pair

This was the second drink that we paired with the Four Kicks cigar and we found this to go much better.  In particular the harsh citrus  present in  the Jack Daniels Single Barrel pair was not an issue anymore.

The drink after the cigar: The bourbon seems much smoother and well rounded..

The cigar after the drink:  Cigar is Creamy and sweet. Woody tiny bit of pepper

 Final Thoughts

We thought this pair worked really great.  There hasn’t been a time that we’ve gotten together since and we haven’t talked about how great that Basil Haydan is.  Both elements held firmly onto their flavours and weren’t overpowered by each other at all.  There was a great balance between the two.  We definitely recommend trying this one!

– Josh and David