Two of my favorite things are bourbon and cigars. Kentucky is a great place to be for both of those. We are the bourbon capital of the world, and as a result there are always numerous opportunities to learn about bourbon. We are also a big tobacco state, but there aren’t nearly as many opportunities to learn about tobacco’s influence on our culture and history.
Enter the Drew Estate Kentucky Fire Cured Barn Smoker. Drew Estate is one of my all-around favorite cigar companies. Their products are revolutionary, and one of the more recent additions to their lineup is made from an historical Kentucky product, fire cured tobacco.
I only recently learned the historical significance of Drew Estate’s Kentucky Fire Cured line of cigars while at an event at Match Cigar Bar. Jonathan Drew, Founder of Drew Estate, told the story of the accident that led to a revolutionary new way to cure tobacco. One year a Kentucky Farmer didn’t sell his entire tobacco crop, so he hung it in the attic of his log cabin. Throughout the winter as the smoke from his fireplace rose, it cured the tobacco in a new and different way. When he sold it in the spring, it was discovered to be a highly sought-after product. While most tobacco is still cured in open-air barns, fire cured tobacco from Kentucky is making a huge comeback.
September 19, 2014 from 4-7 p.m., Drew Estate will host the Kentucky Fire Cured Barn Smoker in Hopkinsville, KY. This charitable event will benefit Cigars for Warriors, and organization that sends cigars to our troops overseas. Attendees will learn firsthand how fire cured tobacco is made. Tickets are $20 per person and include two cigars, a cutter, and a ticket for a pour of Angel’s Envy bourbon. Jonathan Drew will be talking about the history of Kentucky Fire Cured tobacco and Kyle Henderson from Angel’s Envy will be on hand to talk about his company’s revolutionary addition to the bourbon world.
If your idea of the perfect Friday afternoon involves bourbon and cigars, click here to purchase tickets. This event kicks off the Southern Fried Pipe show the next day in Nashville, and you can learn more about that by clicking here. The KFC Barn Smoker is a great way to learn more about Kentucky’s contribution to the global tobacco market as well as how the bourbon industry’s agricultural history parallels with tobacco. Watch a YouTube video about the event here.
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