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Light to medium strength with a slightly fruity overall flavor of orange peel along with hints of nutty caramel, toast and a touch of white pepper. Creamy smoke with a perfect draw.
Size: 4 7/8” x 50
An Old World full bodied Cuban style cigar. Notes of pepper, spicy cedar and coffee linger throughout this complex, well-balanced and bold smoke.
Size: 6.5” x 60
Opening with untamed intensity, Syncro South America Ritmo presents deep flavors of roasted nuts and black pepper. Unique cocoa and black coffee flavors remain prominent towards the end as a rich creaminess emerges, perfectly fusing the rugged flavor of an ancient civilization with the sophisticated style of Avo.
Size: 7” x 54
Filler: Nicaragua, Brazil, Peru and Honduras
An extremely well-balanced medium to full cigar, layered with rich, hearty notes of wood, pepper, coffee, cream, nuts, and sweetness with a cinnamon and spice finish.
Size: 6” x 50
Wrapper: Habano Jalapa Vintage 2010
Binder: Habano Jalapa Vintage 2009
Filler: Habano Jalapa Seco Vintage 2008, Habano Jalapa Viso Ometepe Vintage 2008 and Habano Condega Ligero Vintage 2008
Rich notes of leather supplemented by a range of coffee, caramel, and woody intonations.
Size: 6 ½” x 52
Subtle notes of pepper, wood and leather from the Nicaraguan filler tobaccos sing as they marry with its US grown binder; creating a spicy blend with subtle sweetness and a beautiful lingering creaminess.
Size: 5” x 52
The ATABEY cigar leaves have many origins, they are from Caribbean and Central America countries. Medium in strength, this is a smooth creamy smoke with delicious flavors of molasses and maple from start to finish with burst of mild nutty, wood flavors.
Size: 6.125” x 55
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 up with him a couple of days before he would set off to Croatia to film the prequel to Mama Mia!, with Cher.
IT was a cool and damp, late-summer Monday night, and I was waiting for Andy under a passageway off the greens. I saw his distinct figure coming toward me through the darkness. He received me with a warm handshake and walked me through the esteemed club, making chit chat in Spanish with the staff as he toured me around. He explained that the club is his golfing home-away-from-home, where he mingles with friends like Ray Romano and George Lopez, who all share a passion for golf. We pretty much had the venue to ourselves since only a couple of members were in the club room.
Andy told me I’d need to remove my hat because Lakeside is a very traditional club. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and W.C. Fields were once members, along with Frank Sinatra and Gene Autry. Current stars who are known to enjoy the Lakeside links are Jack Nicholson, Joe Pesci, Justin Timberlake and Mark Wahlberg, to name a few.
Andy graciously offered me a beverage, and the bartender served us a couple of drinks.
“Why don’t we go outside and talk there?” Andy asked me.
I was up for it, even though there was a bit of a chill in the air. He incentivized me when he broke out two classic Romeo y Julieta Churchills. We set up outside, positioned a table and a couple of chairs to better catch the light emanating from the club, and proceeded to smoke and talk.
I mentioned to Andy the recent passing of Harry Dean Stanton, and asked him if Jack Nicholson’s acting advice to Stanton of “let the costume do the acting, and be yourself,” resonated with him.
“Definitely,” Andy responded. “Your character’s development is all about internal personalization. That’s very important to me. The process is organic, but you bring your own stylistic approach, too. It’s always germinating. You’re developing shades, and faders, and it enhances the dynamics you bring to the part.”
For over thirty years, Andy’s made an indelible mark in the arts as an actor, producer, director, screenwriter, and musician. It’s notable he’s stayed true to his standards, and successfully avoided the cartoonish “sexy action hero” route and other pitfalls actors sometimes encounter when they reach celebrity status. Andy has been an A-list actor since his breakout role in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (1987), where he was able to work with one of his heroes, Sean Connery.
“I campaigned for the role,” he said. “Originally, they wanted me for [Capone henchman] Frank Nitti, but I didn’t want to be typecast. Sometimes being typecast means you’re working, but I needed something different.”
Andy’s since been highly regarded as an intense and intelligent actor who radiates a high emotional IQ. He connects strongly with his audience because of those qualities. We talked about what it’s like to be driven as a creative person, and how that fortifies him.
“There really are no limitations to being an actor—just what your subconscious imposes on it perhaps,” he said. “I have a commitment to the art form, but the most important thing is that it’s given me the opportunity to provide for my family. I’ve been very blessed because of that.”
I asked Andy about movies and actors who have impacted him. He told me that when he was young, he’d spend hours at the local movie theater.
“I can go back to being twelve years old in the late 60’s,” he said. “I’d take two buses on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, where I grew up, and be away from home most of the day. It was a different world back then.”
Andy was influenced by James Coburn in The Magnificent Seven (1960), and later, Al Pacino in The Godfather (1972) and Robert De Niro in The Godfather: Part II (1974).
About the latter, Andy said, “Ultimately, to be able to work with them was just incredible. Working with James Coburn [in 2001’s The Man from Elysian Fields] was a wonderful moment for me, too.”
Andy also mentioned his admiration for John Garfield, Spencer Tracy, and of course, Marlon Brando.
“Brando changed everything,” Andy said, with conviction.
I mentioned Andy’s spot-on Brando impression in the sharp and charming City Island from 2009.
“I got to know Brando a little,” said Andy. “He wrote me a letter that I cherish to this day. I was set to direct a film, and I called him to ask if he’d be interested in playing my father. There was a long, long pause. I thought maybe I’d offended him somehow. Finally, he came back with ‘Does the character get to play the congas?’”
Andy impersonated Brando when he quoted him, and we both laughed. I encouraged Andy to do some more Brando. His impression was comical and reverent at the same time.
In addition to his love of acting, Andy has a passion for Cuban music and history that’s essential to his core. Whether he’s playing piano or congas with the Latin music band CineSon All Stars, or directing or producing lauded biographies and documentaries, his creativity often takes this expression. His film Cachao: Uno Mas (2008), about mambo innovator/Afro-Cuban conga player Israel (Cachao) López, was a love letter to his Cuban musical heritage.
“Making Cachao and The Lost City , about the courage my father’s generation showed in Cuba in the 50’s—directing films like that inspires me,” he said.
Another indie labor-of-love project Andy hopes to make is the film Hemingway and Fuentes. He co-wrote the screenplay with Ernest Hemingway’s niece, Hilary Hemingway. It tells the story of how Hemingway befriended Gregorio Fuentes, the boat captain who motivated Hemingway to write The Old Man and the Sea.
“Financing’s an interesting part of the industry,” said Andy of his quest to make the film. “Of course, it’s easier to get three million dollars together with backers, but ten or twelve is a challenge.”
We shifted from talking about the funny money business of the film industry to his influences in the directing realm.
“Working with Hal Ashby in 8 Million Ways to Die  was a lifechanging experience,” he said. “It was very improvisational. He had that theatre sensibility. It was very special—the encouragement to bring your own ideas to the character, Ashby’s sensitivity to the actor. Jeff Bridges, who’s one of the most generous actors, and a friend to this day, made that movie even more special.”
Andy added that many of the 70’s directors like Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, and Francis Ford Coppola were important in fueling his excitement about learning the filmmaking process. I took this as my chance to bring up Andy’s work with Coppola. Andy was nominated for a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for his dynamic portrayal of Vincent Mancini in The Godfather: Part III (1990).
“Frances is a genius and a mentor,” Andy said. “He understands the language of an actor, and that’s rare. The philosophical process, the inspiration to dream, and how he finalizes the execution of a film is what makes him Francis Ford Coppola. There’s so much to him, and I consider that time together, that movie, to have been a remarkable experience.”
Starring with Al Pacino was another career highlight for Andy.
“Working with Al took the experience to another level,” he said. “The impact he made on me in The Godfather, all of those actors, is what made me want to do this in the first place. After watching him and others, for me it was a calling.”
I brought up how De Niro intrinsically absorbed Brando’s mannerisms in his portrayal of the younger Vito Corleone, while Andy blended James Caan’s Sonny Corleone character into his portrayal of Vincent.
“There’s definitely something to that,” he responded. “Of course, it’s not an impersonation. It happens organically. It happens on its own.”
I expressed my belief that history would be very kind to The Godfather: Part III, and that Coppola’s decision to work at Cinecittà Studios added so much to the operatic and elegiac qualities of the film.
“I think so, too,” Andy said, after thinking for a minute. “It was a visually beautiful film. Gordon Willis, ya know, it can’t get any better than that. The cinematography he created was memorable.”
I asked Andy about the possibility of a The Godfather: Part IV.
“We talked about it,” he said. “I was somewhat involved. We thought we could run a storyline with Leonardo Di Caprio playing a young Sonny, dual stories with my character and his. It’s a movie Francis would need to want to make, but I feel he doesn’t want to revisit it. And Mario Puzo passed away, so that was it, really.”
Andy’s career continues to thrive even while some of his contemporaries who were popular a few decades ago haven’t had that good fortune.
“I still have that 1960’s idealism that I had when I initially wanted to be an actor,” he said. “I feel exactly the same about it. I’d like to think I’ll always have something to offer—bringing acting, writing and directing to the table.”
He smiled broadly and noted, “I can sing a little, too.”
Andy has a steady stream of projects lined up, in addition to the Mamma Mia! prequel. He’s also been cast as Ricardo Montalban in HBO’s upcoming movie, My Dinner With Hervé, which features Peter Dinklage, Jamie Dornan, and Oona Chaplin, and looks at the tragic life of actor Hervé Villechaize of Fantasy Island fame.
I asked Andy why he was attracted to the role of Montalban.
“I wanted to portray Ricardo with dignity,” he said. “Ricardo Montalban, José Ferrer, and Anthony Quinn—I was aware of them as a young actor, them being Hispanic, and that was important to me.”
I told him I thought his upcoming film Book Club (2018) looked like it had some sizzle.
“Book Club is on the horizon,” said Andy. “Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen. It’s about four friends and how reading 50 Shades of Grey sets their wheels in motion.”
Andy was a high school basketball player—a point guard—which should be no surprise. He told me he had a good shot, that his court presence was keen, and his ability to take charge of a team would serve him well later on as a director.
“I was a good player,” he said. “Probably enough to get interest from a small college. But I got mononucleosis, and that put an end to it. It was after that where I picked up acting.”
In addition to his love for golf, his enthusiasm for hoops is evident, and we recalled the old days when Jack Nicholson would fire up a stick mid-court at Lakers games. I lamented about being a long-suffering Knicks fan, and Andy said he was a Lakers fan but keeps an eye on the Miami Heat, too. We shared recollections of the era when there were “team first” franchises like Magic’s Lakers, Bird’s Celtics, and how they played the game the right way.
“It’s been tough post-Kobe, but I have hope for the season,” he said. “I think Lonzo Ball is a true point guard. That’s going to make a difference.”
I remarked how I once witnessed his Ocean’s Eleven (2001) and Ocean’s Twelve (2004) co-star George Clooney playing basketball on the Warner Bros. lot a number of years ago. I asked Andy which one of them would win a game of one-on-one now. He chuckled.
“George would,” he said. “But only because he plays a lot more than me now.”
We talked about favorite cigars and spirits, and the camaraderie that we share when enjoying them with friends. Bacardi 8 and Zacapa are two that Andy likes to pair up with a favorite cigar.
“I’m Cuban. Of course, Bacardi has to be in there,” he said.
A variety of Cubans including H. Upmann and Montecristo blends are amongst his favorites. He agreed the Padron 1964 Anniversary Series that I relish are excellent smokes. It also came to light we are both Arturo Fuente enthusiasts.
“Opus X is one of my favorites,” he said. “Carlito [Carlos Fuente Jr.] and the Fuente family are special. Every year, Carlito sends me a bundle of cigars, ones that are personally grown to his liking. It’s an honor to receive them.”
I told Andy I was curious to see what type of work he’ll seek in the next chapter of his career, and thanked him for being so generous with his time. I turned off the recorder and expected we’d shake hands and go our separate ways.
But instead, Andy leaned back and took a nice long draw from his RyJ. We sat around for another half hour or so talking movies, cigars, hoops, and a bit more Brando.
It was a memorable night.
Dominated by sweeter elements, the flavor profile is highlighted by a core of chocolate, sweet spices and peppers with hints of coffee, espresso, and cinnamon. Medium-full in body and strength.
Size: 5.25” x 56 Robusto Extra
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Binder: Ecuador Habano Ligero
Filler: Nicaragua/Dominican Republic
An earthy-cedar core is surrounded by secondary and tertiary notes of sweet cocoa, leather, and black pepper. Hints of roasted coffee are present on the retrohale. Full bodied and medium-full strength.
Size: 5.25” x 50
by Nick Hammond | photos by Hunters & Frankau
Our British brother of the leaf, NICK HAMMOND, is invited to join a roomful of experts in a Champagne and Habanos pairing trial. Tough gig…
The offer of Champagne is enough to garner my attention.
The offer of a cigar ensures it.
But combine the two and I’m all yours, all day, all night, wherever you may be headed.
So when I received an invite to join the Masters of Havanas – all those Havana cigar specialists in the UK who have passed an exacting examination invigilated by UK Cuban cigar importer, Hunters & Frankau – who are gathering en masse for a Havana and Champagne tasting, you couldn’t see me for dust.
Many of these specialist sommeliers – employed in fancy hotels, restaurants, cigar bars and lounges the length and breadth of the land – are friends of mine, and we don’t often get the chance to catch up. Still more are nodding acquaintances, and I like to get to know as many new faces as I can.
These are the cream of cigar specialists in the UK. They’re able to pair a Montecristo Open with a suggested beverage, or give you the precise measurement of an obscure Limited Edition release.
The gathering at No.10 Manchester Street Hotel in Marylebone gives me the chance to catch up and carry out some high-quality research by pairing cigars and Champagnes from legendary chateau Pols Roger. All in all, not a bad day’s work, in my book.
Hunters & Frankau marketing chap Jimmy McGhee is Master of Ceremonies, ably accompanied by James Clarke of Pol Roger. And while the event is a great excuse for these enthusiastic young cigarophiles to meet during their busy working lives, it’s also a good chance to secure some pairing knowledge from a host of expert palates.
On arriving, my cup overfloweth when I discover the very first cigar of the day is to be my beloved Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2. Light, delicate, dreamy—this is such a beautiful cigar, and I accept it gratefully from Jimmy, and things warm up.
The Epi in turn is paired with Pol Roger Pure, Brut Reserve and Rich, each of which has increasing levels of dosage or sugar. It will be interesting to see how they interplay.
As you can imagine, the heady hit of tiny Champagne bubbles and perfectly cured cigar leaf soon takes effect, with the room buzzing with loud chatter, laughter and a canopy of fragrant, blue smoke.
As morning wears into afternoon, the Hoyo is exchanged for a medium-bodied Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill; later, a hefty, fullflavoured Partagas E2. The level of cigar talk is stupendous—these guys really know their stuff. I sit quiet for the most part, trying to commit these pearls of wisdom to memory for future recall.
Fortunately, we’re handed crib sheets to record our thoughts, opinions and tasting notes. I’m pretty sure after this afternoon, my RAM memory may not be entirely trusted…
I sit and compare notes with Paola Paollilla, the only lady “Master” present; Mike Choi, formerly of the Sahakian Cigar Lounge; and Calum Conn of Chester’s Casa del Habano– all friends, and all a lot of fun.
Slawomir Bielecki is the star turn of the whole event. The former cigar sommelier at London’s The Churchill Bar was runner up in this year’s World Habanosommelier Competition held in Havana. After a gruelling testing process of suggested pairings and a searching examination of his memory, he had to prepare a unique sensory cigar and spirit combination.
His chosen Pol Roger Sir Winston Cuvee 2004 vintage with the Partagas Serie E No.2 was recreated for us at No. 10, and was sublime. The added touch of genius was a roasted coffee bean dusted in cocoa powder. Very clever, working across the palate on all fronts. Bravo Slavo.
Inevitably, talented individuals such as these lead busy lives; before long, they start to drift away back to their jobs, next assignments and everyday tasks. But a few of us hang behind.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always felt very bad about leaving good cigars half-smoked. Having seen the effort, love and no little amount of skill which goes into every stick, I do my best not to try and leave good cigars half dead in the ashtray.
At tastings such as these, you often have several cigars on the go at the same time; it appears sacrilegious at first, but it really is the only way to conduct true pairings and comparisons.
However, dear reader, I didn’t let the side down on this occasion. Once the tasting and comparing was over, and with my head a little lighter thanks to the flight of Champagne, I ordered a glass of water, and then and enjoyed each of the three chosen cigars down to the nub.
By then, it was just myself and the Hunters & Frankau contingent: Jimmy and Director Sean Croley, an old sparring partner and long-term friend of UK cigar lovers. Slawomir joined us as we eventually emerged blinking into the sunlight, and headed 100 yards up the road to the nearest pub.
A couple of ales later, and we were happily doing what cigar people do: talking cigars and everything to do with them. This stretched on until we found somewhere to grab a bite to eat and, post oysters and venison, it was a gnarly little Partagas Presidente that proved to be the final smoke of the day. It was just right; mellow and ‘colorful’ with enough flavor to survive an admittedly jaded palate.
Days like these are priceless. Not just because they are rare; there are still less than 50 Masters of Havanas in the UK, and most of them were in attendance today. But it is unusual to get them all together to share their expertise. I was honored to be the only non-Master invited.
When the remaining hardcore team finally parted ways, a long but memorable day was over, and night was stealing across London. The findings of the Champagne and cigar pairings were interesting in their ambiguity. Out of nine possible cigar and
Champagne combinations, eight of the combinations got at least one vote. The Hoyo paired with the Pure wasan emphatic non-favorite with the gathered experts; I think we would all agree that a little dosage goes a long way in assisting the successful pairing of a premium Champagne with the smoky, terroir-influencedcharacteristics of fine Cuban tobacco.
My thanks to both Hunters & Frankau and Pol Roger for their hospitality, and to the gathered Masters for their bonhomie.I’m already looking forward to the next one.
The flavors are diverse as the cigar smokes through. Hints of ginger and coffee take the leadoff spot and they are followed up with sustainable blends of chocolate and spice. The finish is sweet with evident notes of leather and dark chocolate.
Size: 6” x 52
Wrapper: Habano Oscuro
Filler: Habano Halaba, Habano Ometepe, Habano Esteli
Full-bodied and full strength thanks to the use of green river sucker one double ligero, the Neanderthal offers loads of dark and rich flavor. Expect notes of nuts, cinnamon, pepper and earth with a spicy retrohale and cream on the long finish.
Size: 5” x 52/56
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, U.S.A. (Pennsylvania)
Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held global premium spirits company, announced it has a definitive agreement to acquire Patrón Spirits International AG and the world’s premier top-selling Patrón brand.
The companies have had a relationship for nearly ten years and the transaction comes in at $5.1 billion in US dollars.
Entrepreneurs John Paul DeJoria and Martin Crowley, founded the Patrón brand with the goal to create a “simply perfect tequila” and that philosophy informs the business today. Patrón tequila is produced from the highest-quality 100% Weber Blue Agave and distilled through time-honored processes with extreme precision and care. Patrón tequila is delivered in iconic bottles that symbolize one of the world’s most meticulously crafted brands in the world.
“We started this business more than a quarter century ago with a singular mission. To create an ultra-premium, luxury tequila,” said John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of. “Today, with that continued commitment to quality and several other extraordinary brands in our portfolio, we produce more than three million cases of distilled spirits annually that are enjoyed around the world.”
DeJoria will serve as an ambassador for Patrón in the role of Chairman Emeritus and intends to work with Bacardi in further advancing their combined dedication to philanthropic projects and environmental consciousness. Patrón’s efforts have included support for food banks, education, and disaster relief, as well as development of an eco-friendly reverse osmosis irrigation system, a process of recycling agave fibers from the tequila production process for use as fertilizer compost, and reforestation of trees in the community surrounding its tequila manufacturing operations in Atotonilco el Alto, Jalisco, Mexico.
According to Bacardi, the deal will make Bacardi the No.2 spirits company by market share in the United States.
A mild to medium plus cigar with immaculate construction. Creamy notes of cedar and earth throughout the smoke with a slightly peppery flavored ending.
Size: 6” x 54
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
A full strength, full-bodied smoke whose Sun Grown wrapper offers a natural sweetness while surrounding a spicy and robust mix of fillers. Along with the Nicaraguan long fillers, aged ligero leaves from Nueva Segovia region are also included enhancing the strength of this flavorful cigar.
Size: 6” x 60
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra seed, Sun Grown
Binder: Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut/Cured Sun Grown Habano
1800 Silver Tequila – 91
Appleton White Rum – 91
Bacardi Superior Rum – 91
Backyard Mary Bloody Mary Mix – 98
Bedlam Vodka – 91
Bellkurve Vodka – 89
Booker’s Bourbon – 97
Bozal Ensamble Mezcal – 95
Bozal Tobasiche Mezcal – 93
Captain Morgan Private Stock Rum – 91
Cardenal Mendoza Clasico – 95
Casa Noble Anejo Tequila – 93
Casa Noble Crystal Tequila – 96
Casa Noble Extra Anejo Tequila – 97
Casa Noble Reposado Tequila – 97
Casamigos Reposado Tequila – 96
Catskill NY Honey Rye Whiskey – 88
Clase Azul Ultra Extra Anejo Tequila – 94
Comisario Anejo Tequila – 96
Comisario Blanco Tequila – 95
Corzo Silver Tequila – 90
Don Julio Blanco Tequila – 94
Don Julio Real Extra Anejo Tequila – 95
Don Nacho Extra Premium Anejo 100% Pure Agave Tequila – 94
Dr. Stoner’s Fresh Herb Vodka – 89
Dr. Stoner’s Smoky Herb Whiskey – 91
Emulsion New American Gin – 95
Farallon Gin – 94
Fire Oak Texas Bourbon – 93
Fire Oak Vodka – 87
FOS Greek Mastiha Liqueur – 93
Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon – 97
Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon: Barrel Strength Recipe OESV – 96
Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon – 98
Ghost Coast Broughton Whitaker Ginger Whiskey – 90
Ghost Coast Broughton Whitaker Honey Whiskey – 91
Ghost Coast Vodka 261 – 93
Ghost Coast Vodka 261 Orange– 94
Glen Moray 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch – 94
Glen Moray 15-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch – 95
Glen Moray 18-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch – 97
Grey Goose Vodka – 96
Haikara Momo Sake – 98
Haikara Yuzu Sake – 96
Hendricks Gin – 95
Herradura Reposado Tequila – 95
Hornitos Black Barrel – 99
Iron Fish Michigan Woodland Gin – 94
Iron Smoke Rattlesnake Rosie’s Apple Pie Whiskey – 89
Iron Smoke Whiskey – 93
John Drew Brixton Mash Destroyer – 94
John Drew Dove Tale Rum – 96
John Drew Rye Whiskey – 94
Ketel One Vodka – 98
Kicktail Energy Mixers: Ginger Beer – 93
Kirk and Sweeney 18 Yr. Rum – 96
Maggie’s Farm Coffee Liqueur – 91
Maggie’s Farm Falernum – 90
Maggie’s Farm Spiced Rum – 93
Mezcal Amarás Cupreata Joven – 91
Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Anejo Tequila – 94
NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin – 98
Ogden’s Own Madam Pattirini Gin – 92
Ogden’s Own Porter’s Fire Cinnamon Whiskey Liqueur – 91
Ogden’s Own Underground Herbal Spirit – 89
Padre Azul Super Premium Tequila Anejo – 98
Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum – 95
Papa’s Pilar White Blonde Rum – 94
Parce 12 Year Rum – 94
Parce 8 Year Rum – 87
Partida Elegante Extra Anejo Tequila – 92
Patron Extra Anejo Tequila – 97
Pendleton 1910 – 96
Pendleton Midnight – 94
Pendleton Whiskey – 93
Redwood Empire American Whiskey – 94
Roca Patron Reposado Tequila – 95
Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey – 93
Rogue Oregon Rye Whiskey – 95
Rogue Oregon Single Malt Whiskey – 93
Seacrets Gin – 91
Seacrets Grapefruit Flavored Vodka – 87
Seacrets Lemondrop Vodka – 88
Seacrets Orange Flavored Vodka – 91
Seacrets Spiced Flavored Rum – 92
Shelter Point Montfort DL 141 Whisky – 91
Shelter Point Single Malt Whisky – 93
Silverback Blackback Bourbon – 94
Silverback Blackback Honey Rye – 87
Southern Tier Distilling Co. Straight Bourbon Whiskey – 93
Stark Single Peated Single Malt Whiskey – 93
Stark Spirits California Single Malt Whiskey – 92
Stark Spirits Sunshine Brandy – 94
Stateside Urbancraft Vodka – 94
Stolen Smoked Rum – 95
Stolen Whiskey – 95
Taste of Florida Pina Colada Mix – 91
Taste of Florida Spicy Bloody Mary Mix – 93
Tequila Corazón Reposado Tequila – 94
The Macallan Fine Oak 12-Year-Old – 94
Tiny Cat Vodka – 85
Uncle Nearest 1956 Premium Whiskey – 95
Vektor Vodka – Russia – 93
Vektor Vodka – Ukraine – 90
Western Son Vodka Big Stripe Watermelon – 93
Western Son Vodka Original Texas Vodka – 95
Zacapa 23 – 97
Zacapa XO – 99
Zaya Gran Reserva Rum – 94
Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix – 95
The All Out Kings is a masterful collaboration between Drew Estate and Caldwell Cigar Co. A medium to full-bodied smoke with flavors of cocoa, caramel, cream and the classic Drew Estate spice of red-peppers.
Size: 5” x 52
Wrapper: Habano Connecticut
Binder: Indonesian, Sumatra
Filler: Connecticut, Dominican, Nicaraguan
Affinity is a medium-bodied cigar with flawless Connecticut seed wrapper grown in Ecuador. This creamy smoke is masterfully blended with superior-aged Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos and delivers a rich, flavorful and complex taste profile with notes of wood and earth.
Size: 5.5” x 46
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan
Medium to full bodied smoke with a slow even burn and very rich with flavor. This creamy cigar includes notes of citrus, cocoa, cedar, leather & black pepper.
Size: 6” x 58
Filler: Dominican Republic, Brazil, Nicaragua & Peru
The Kristoff San Andrés is an extremely rich medium-full bodied cigar with pronounced notes of spice, a hint of black pepper, sweet milk chocolate and smooth coffee cream finish.
Size: 6” x 60
Wrapper: San Andrés Mexico
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano Seed
Filler: Triple Nicaraguan Habano Seed
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A strong and smooth smoke that has been box aged for between 5 to 8 years in perfect humidity conditions of Cuba. This creates a more mellow and refined taste including hints of spice, fruit, pepper, and cedar.
Size: 5.6” x 46
The rich Habano Rosado wrapper from Ecuador compliments a decadent Cameroon binder greeting the smoker with notes of pepper, spice, cedar, and cinnamon.
Size: 6.5” x 52