The latest, summer series of Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend Bourbon has been dubbed the “Sports Fan Series” by Master Blender Nancy Fraley. These batches commemorate the triumphant return of spectator sports after more than a year of absence. It is comprised of Batches #48-53, which are part of a larger coupe mere or mother blend of 16 bourbon barrels ranging in age from 14 to 20-years-old. The “Sports Fan Series” is the highest proof series of Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend Bourbon to date, with most bottles clocking in at 130 proof or more. For enhanced enjoyment of each batch, our team recommends opening the bottle, taking a small pour off the neck, and allowing the bottle to aerate for an hour or more to fully appreciate the intensity and complexity of the dram.
Here’s to the return of sports and competition! With heavy hitting Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend Bourbon to accompany our endless summer days. Let the games begin!
Cigar Blend Bourbon Batch #48: Home Run
Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend Bourbon Batch #48, aka Home Run, should knock out all the aromatic bases for Cigar Blend and baseball fans alike. It brings to mind steamy summertime ball park aromas such as old, well-worn leather baseball gloves, ‘real’ Cherry Coke, chocolate covered almonds, pralines, and caramel-coated Cracker Jacks. A few minutes of aeration in the glass draws out deeper notes of pipe tobacco, whiffs of char smoke, Medjool dates in thick dark syrup, and honey spice cake. A drop or two of water helps bring out a little more sweetness on the palate, leading to a lengthy, chocolate-covered caramel, leather, and tobacco finish. With this hard-hitting batch, you can definitely play ball!
Cigar Blend Bourbon Batch #49: Sticky Wicket
Just as the game of cricket grew to international prominence during the heyday of the British Empire and developed into slightly unique forms in all the countries of the Commonwealth, so too does this batch conjure up a plethora of aromas found in that empire, such as Jamaican jerk chicken spices, ripe tropical pineapple and papaya, Garam Masala, black strap molasses, and grilled, caramelized Aussie meats fresh off the barbie, capped in the finish with the nuttiness of an English Stilton cheese for dessert. This batch is well suited to any lover of international sports and cuisine!
Cigar Blend Bourbon Batch #50: Le Tour De France
Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend Bourbon Batch #50 has a definitive French aromatic influence of the Armagnac cask in which it was finished. In addition to the deep bourbon barrel notes of toasted coconut shavings, charred oak, and sweet, creamy yellow corn polenta, one also finds flavors of pot de crème au chocolat with fresh whipped cream, ravioli in brown butter with sage and brown baking spices, dried apricot, apple tarte tatin, egg custard, eclairs, prunes in syrup (prunes d’Agen), and heady spring lime blossoms. Just like Le Tour, Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend Bourbon Batch #50 is bound to take the Cigar Blend fan on a lengthy and adventurous journey!
Cigar Blend Bourbon Batch #51: Auld Mug
“Auld Mug” is an informal name given to the trophy that is awarded to the winner of the America’s Cup, the oldest international competition in sailing. As a tribute to that grand old competition, Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend Bourbon Batch #51 exhibits slightly more barrel spice and savory notes than the other batches from this series, although these notes blend into the inherent toffee and vanilla bean sweetness of the bourbon. Aromas of dill, lemon balm, tarragon, dried Mediterranean oregano, and Italian fennel-seed cookies waft to the nose, coupled with nutty tawny Port-flavored pipe tobacco, freshly baked almond cookies sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar, blueberry compote, and coconut icing smothered over white cake that dominate the palate.
Cigar Blend Bourbon Batch #52: World Cup
Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend Bourbon Batch #52, aka World Cup, celebrates the competitive allure of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup. Much like the international appeal of football, this batch of Cigar Blend should appeal to a wide spectrum of palates as it exhibits aromas of sugar cookies, orange glaze over cinnamon toast with raisins, walnut baklava with buttery filo dough, creamy almond butter spread on dark rye bread, buckwheat pancakes and freshly-picked blackberries smothered with maple syrup.
Fine retailers across the nation who offer the full collection of Joseph Magnus spirits will be among the first to receive an allocation of these very limited batches. Be sure to reach out to retailers in your area to inquire about our Cigar Blend Bourbon or use the Store Locator on our website to find a retailer near you.