The draw was perfect, striking the best medium between air flow and tightness.
I’ll sum this up by discussing my expectations and the actual results based on, of course, the smoking experience. When I hear of tobacco aged in bourbon barrels, my expectations are a bit like smoking bourbon if you will. Sweetness in vanilla, honey, caramel, wood notes focused on oak, spice from cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg and for extra bonus, fruit notes of apple, pear, berries. Based on smoking a couple samples of the Whiskey Row, no doubt the cigar hit sweetness (although not really defined by the sweetness in bourbon) and some spice (black pepper). But the notes were not focused enough and ultimately sort of just tasted like smoking a non bourbon influenced cigar. The cigar in itself I would smoke again so there wasn’t anything off-putting by it. But it’s difficult to call it a bourbon influenced cigar.