Review of Ted's Bourbon Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Like other Ted's flavored cigars that I have sampled, Bourbon Cigars are seasoned with a just very modest amount of artificial flavoring, and are sold in glass tubes sealed in wax. In this case, the flavor is Makers Mark Bourbon. The Bourbon 650 cigar that was sampled measures 6 x 50, and sells for $10. Bourbon cigars are also available in several other sizes.
Ted's Bourbon cigars are made in Dominican Republic with Dominican fillers, a Connecticut binder, and an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. This is not the same blend of tobaccos used in Ted's other flavored cigars that I have reviewed. For more info about the Bourbon Cigar, visit TedsCigars.com.
Unlike other Ted's flavored cigars that I have sampled, the Bourbon cigar began with a somewhat harsh tobacco taste that masked any flavor of Bourbon, despite the aroma. After a couple of minutes or so, the harshness partially faded and a hint of bourbon flavor broke through. However, a bitter tobacco flavor continued to fade in and out throughout the duration of the smoke. This was only partially mitigated by sipping on more Bourbon. I continued to smoke the cigar down to two inches remaining, which took 50 minutes. Despite my attempt to enjoy the Bourbon Cigar, it did not offer a very pleasant smoking experience, and was much less enjoyable than both Ted's Grand Mariner and The Glen flavored cigars.
The Bourbon Cigar did have a very good draw, even burn, and held a medium-to-long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were required. Because of the intermittent harsh tobacco taste, I rate this cigar with a mediocre 2.5 points on a 5-point scale. If it wasn't for the hints of bourbon, my rating would have been even lower.