The cigar will be infused with Sam Adams’ limited release, barrel-aged Utopias brew, a non-carbonated beverage with vanilla and maple flavors. Only 15,000 bottles of Utopias will be released during the 2013 season, and the special edition brew will run beer aficionados $199 a bottle, making the cigar version a bit more economical at $13 per stick.
Ted’s Cigars is no stranger to booze-infused stogies, having already introduced licensed brands for Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc., Jim Beam bourbon, Grand Marnier liqueur, and most recently Patron Tequila. They’ve also dabbled in the beer-infused cigar department before with their craft beer flavored Hopz cigar line.
“Aficionados of both cigars and beer know that subtle flavors and delicate touches can elevate the drinking or smoking experience tenfold,” said Ted Jackson, president of Ted’s Cigars. “It’s exciting for us to work with such an innovative brewery to create these one-of-a-kind cigars.”
Jackson added, “Cigars and craft beer, particularly a complex brew like Utopias, have more in common than most people would imagine and complement each other quite well.” The Utopias cigar has Samuel Adams’ sweetness and maple and vanilla flavors along with a spicy flavor from the tobacco blend, which uses a Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper, Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and Dominican Republic Piloto Cubano & Criollo ’98 filler. This particularly delicious-sounding combo will be available in a single 6 x 50 Toro vitola.