Randy Mastronicola

About Randy Mastronicola

Randy Mastronicola is Editor-in-Chief for Cigar & Spirits Magazine. Randy’s favorite lifestyle topics within the cigar universe are sports, fashion, food and travel, pop culture and personal growth. Randy is a native New Yorker. He attended New York University’s Washington Square University College and obtained a degree in Journalism. Randy has worked in marketing and publishing for a number of years, maintains a life coaching certification and is a.k.a. ZenGuido.

CALDWELL: THE LAST TSAR

Tasting Notes: Medium in body, creamy and smooth. Very rich. The flavor and intensity builds throughout the cigar, and finishes with a peppery kick. 5” x 50 Wrapper: Aragon Maduro Ecuadorian Binder: D [...]

CALDWELL: THE LAST TSAR 2018-05-22T18:06:54+00:00

INDIGENOUS: FRESH PRESSED APPLE VODKA

The premium batch-distilled spirit is triple distilled to retain a faint essence of the Hudson Valley apple cider from which it is hand crafted, one batch at a time from apples grown and pressed in lo [...]

INDIGENOUS: FRESH PRESSED APPLE VODKA 2018-05-23T08:14:48+00:00

DEAU COGNAC: DEAU BLACK COGNAC

The name “black” refers to the color of the glass used by the professional tastes during blind tasting sessions. Deau Black is a blend of Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne cognacs. It is first age [...]

DEAU COGNAC: DEAU BLACK COGNAC 2018-05-18T09:47:52+00:00

BOUTIQUE BLENDS AGING ROOM BIN NO. 1 B

Tasting Notes: Full-bodied, full of hickory and nougat notes, complemented by subtle notes of cocoa and brown sugar. 6.125” x 52 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Habano Dominicano Filler: Habano Dom [...]

BOUTIQUE BLENDS AGING ROOM BIN NO. 1 B 2018-05-22T18:07:10+00:00

ST. LUCIA RUM: ADMIRAL RODNEY X.O.

Commemorating the English Admiral Rodney who famously vanquished the French fleet at the Battle of the Saints in 1782, Admiral Rodney is made from 100% continuous still rums. The St. Lucia Distillers  [...]

ST. LUCIA RUM: ADMIRAL RODNEY X.O. 2018-05-16T14:25:41+00:00

BLANCO NINE

Tasting Notes: A full flavor cigar with notes of wood and cocoa on the unlit foot, with big flavors right off the light. Earth, coffee and spices dominate the palate, quickly followed by a full and lo [...]

BLANCO NINE 2018-05-16T14:23:11+00:00

ARTURO FUENTE DON CARLOS LANCERO

Tasting Notes: Medium-to-medium plus creamy smoke. Initial flavors of wood and a touch of black pepper, followed by burnt caramel, white pepper, and ending with an earthy flavor mixed with coffee and [...]

ARTURO FUENTE DON CARLOS LANCERO 2018-05-16T14:30:52+00:00

CODIGO 1530: CODIGO 1530 ANEJO

For several generations, a local Mexican artisan and distilling family in Amatitan has passionately produced this spirit, never veering from the centuries old codes and customs— Los Codigos—that have [...]

CODIGO 1530: CODIGO 1530 ANEJO 2018-05-16T14:53:36+00:00

ALTADIS U.S.A. THE BANKER BY H. UPMANN

Tasting Notes: Rich, full-flavored and spicy, with robust body and aroma; medium to full-bodied smoke. 6” x 52 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan [...]

ALTADIS U.S.A. THE BANKER BY H. UPMANN 2018-05-23T08:32:31+00:00

ALTADIS U.S.A. TRINIDAD SANTIAGO

Tasting Notes: Medium- to full-bodied cigar that is full of character, complex flavors and a unique aroma. 6” x 54 Wrapper: Dominican Habano Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican [...]

ALTADIS U.S.A. TRINIDAD SANTIAGO 2018-05-23T10:16:13+00:00

REYKA: VODKA

Reyka Vodka is created using Icelandic glacier spring water, which is some of the cleanest water in the world, adding to Reyka’s silk finish. Lava rocks are also used as a natural and efficient filtra [...]

REYKA: VODKA 2018-05-23T10:24:31+00:00

AJ FERNANDEZ ENCLAVE BROADLEAF TORO

Tasting Notes: This bold blend is accentuated by an earthy, full-flavored select Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. A delightfully robust and full-bodied cigar with a symphony of flavors. 6.5” x 54 Wrappe [...]

AJ FERNANDEZ ENCLAVE BROADLEAF TORO 2018-05-23T10:11:53+00:00

Cigar & Spirits 8th Annual West Coast Tasting Event

It’s that time of year again! Cigar & Spirits Magazine Presents its 8th Annual West Coast Cigar & Spirits Tasting Event The event will take place at the prestigious Newport Beach Hyatt Regency [...]

Cigar & Spirits 8th Annual West Coast Tasting Event 2018-05-22T08:20:41+00:00

AJ FERNANDEZ SAN LOTANO REQUIEM HABANO TORO

Tasting Notes: The San Lotano Habano by AJ Fernandez is specially blended for the fan of medium to full-bodied cigars. Consisting of premium fillers fermented to perfection, this unique cigar is robus [...]

AJ FERNANDEZ SAN LOTANO REQUIEM HABANO TORO 2018-05-23T10:20:54+00:00

THE BALVENIE: 14 YEAR-OLD

A unique single malt featuring rum cask finishing. Created by maturing The Balvenie first in second-fill traditional oak whisky casks before transferring the whisky to casks previously used to mature [...]

THE BALVENIE: 14 YEAR-OLD 2018-05-15T10:51:01+00:00

CATTLE BARON CIGARS: COWBOY

Tasting Notes: This cigar has a rich, natural, and aromatic classic tobacco flavor. Perfectly blended for a pleasant sweet and peppery smoke, consisting of elements of mocha, cherry and wood. 4.5” x 4 [...]

CATTLE BARON CIGARS: COWBOY 2018-05-15T10:50:54+00:00

CALDWELL: THE LAST TSAR

Tasting Notes: Medium in body, creamy and smooth. Very rich. The flavor and intensity builds throughout the cigar, and finishes with a peppery kick. 5” x 50 Wrapper: Aragon Maduro Ecuadorian Binder: D [...]

CALDWELL: THE LAST TSAR 2018-05-15T10:50:47+00:00

JOHN WALKER & SONS: ODYSSEY

John Walker & Sons Odyssey stands proudly amongst the rarest of Scotch whisky blends in the House of Walker Portfolio. Developed by Master Blender Jim Beveridge using Sir Alexander Walker’s handwr [...]

JOHN WALKER & SONS: ODYSSEY 2018-05-23T10:30:33+00:00

The May/June 2018 Issue Preview

The May/June issue of Cigar & Spirits Magazine is waiting for you. Exclusive Interview with Mario Lopez & Oscar De La Hoya Here’s a sneak peek so you can set your eyes on some of the finest ar [...]

The May/June 2018 Issue Preview 2018-05-22T08:18:53+00:00

“TOP 20 CIGARS OF 2017 #6” ROCKY PATEL: PLATINUM

Tasting Notes: A medium-to-full-bodied cigar with rich, complex flavors and notes of dark chocolate, sweetness and a long earthy finish. Size: 6.5” x 52 Wrapper: Connecticut broadleaf Binder: San Andr [...]

“TOP 20 CIGARS OF 2017 #6” ROCKY PATEL: PLATINUM 2018-04-12T18:43:13+00:00

ANDY GARCIA – THE CALLING OF AN ARTIST

by Randy Mastronicola | Portraits by Greg Gorman I recently met with Andy Garcia at the legendary Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, Calif., for an evening chat. The stars aligned, and I was able to catch [...]

ANDY GARCIA – THE CALLING OF AN ARTIST 2018-05-23T07:51:58+00:00
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