The Lowdown: Frank Sinatra's Nice ‘n’ Easy 60th Anniversary Reissue

By Randy Mastronicola Give a listen to Enterprises reissued 60th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s 1960 album, Nice ‘n’ Easy from a couple of years ago. The vinyl version of the reissue is a faithful production of the original Capitol Records “Full Dimensional Stereo” sleeve and features the album’s original 12 songs. These tracks will put you in that Nice ‘n’ Easy mood along with a smoke and a sip. 01.Nice ‘N’ Easy 02. That Old Feeling 03. How Deep Is The Ocean 04. I’ve Got A Crush On You 05. You Go To My Head 06. Fools Rush In 07. Nevertheless (I’m In Love With You) 08. She’s Funny That Way 09. Try A Little Tenderness 10. Embraceable You 11. Mam’selle 12. Dream 13. The Nearness Of You (2020 Mix) (Bonus Track) 14. I’ve Got A Crush On You (Bonus Track) 15. Nice ‘N’ Easy (Bonus Track) Want more? Subscribe to Cigar & Spirits Magazine! Subscribe Check out the rest of our lifestyle pieces!

The Lowdown: Macallan Fine and Rare 60-Year-Old

By Randy Mastronicola The final stratospheric scotch on the list broke world records for the most money ever spent on a single bottle at 1.9 million. It came from a legendary cask known only as “263” that’s prized by collectors worldwide. This cask has produced several spirits that have each sold for over a million dollars. These masters only made forty bottles of this 60-year-old scotch.–Dave Johnson Subscribe Check out the rest of our lifestyle pieces!

The Lowdown: Ring of Fire

By Dave Johnson Ring of Fire Most everyone loves a toasty fire. With the return of winter, let’s take a look at a few options for one of our favorite spots to warm up: the fire pit. It’s that perfect place to bask in a crackling fire when reading a book outside, gather around while at a party, or break out the hot dogs and s’mores for a backyard family campfire. This Breeo fire pit has a traditional look with some modern amenities under the hood. It features X Airflow technology that allows air to circulate for a better flame, and even eliminates most of the smoke. It’s made of Stainless Steel and Cor-Ten steel which will develop a rich, rust-red patina over time, and it has a wide 24-inch opening for wood-burning. It features an outer sear plate for cooking and can accommodate an optional grill grate attachment if you want to turn this fire pit into a mean barbeque pit. MSRP: $299 If you want to commit to the fire pit idea as a permanent backyard fixture, go with this beauty. This block of [...]

The Lowdown: Shear Delight

By Dave Johnson Shear Delight Ever since humans realized animal skins could be used for warmth, leather and fur have been clothing staples. And the humble sheep has given us one of the best applications of animal hides: shearling coats. The shearling coat features sheep’s wool on the inside lining with additional accents throughout the coat. Shearling is a very comfortable textile that can be a great addition to your wardrobe especially if you’re seeking warmth and admiring looks. It definitely throws off a cool and masculine vibe for fall and winter. Here are a few outerwear options to get you started. Whenever shearling is mentioned, one classic design is the denim trucker-style jacket. Few brands do this jacket as well as Freenote Cloth with their RJ2 Denim White Shearling Jacket ($900). The company makes meticulously crafted, heavy-duty clothing that’s superior and stylish. This jacket is ruggedly made with a 20 oz heavyweight denim from Japan, heavy-duty hardware and then lined in shearling. The RJ2 looks great with a turtleneck, and other pieces if you’re going for a layered look. It’s a stunning denim jacket. The [...]

Speakeasys USA: A Modern Nod to Prohibition Era Watering Holes

By Audrey Pavia Prohibition was not a fun time. Getting together with your cronies and sharing some spirits could land you in jail. Those who were willing to take the chance found their way into dark, hidden speakeasies situated specifically to avoid detection by The Law. Prohibition only lasted from 1920 to 1933, but the excitement of sneaking a drink with friends in a clandestine hideaway has remained. Today, 100 years after Prohibition temporarily became the law of the land, modern speakeasies have become even more popular than the originals. Every major city in the U.S. has its share of speakeasies. Here’s a look at eight that have caught the attention of spirit lovers from coast to coast. Red Phone Booth Atlanta, GA If you want to know what speakeasies were like in their heyday, the Red Phone Booth is the spot for you. Located in downtown Atlanta, the Red Phone Booth strives to provide a Prohibition experience, including a cigar program and a turn-of-the-century cocktail selection. Featuring a collection of rare bourbon, whiskey and scotch selections, and more than a dozen tinctures, bitters and flavoring agents, the Red Phone [...]

Unique Travels That Will Set You Free: These excursions are more than just luxe—they’re tailor-made for ultra-private and adventurous types.

By Elisa Jordan  Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name—other times you crave privacy and an escape from crowds. The following vacations have options for private activities and experiences for those times when exclusivity is what’s needed. Whether you just want time alone or a one-of-a-kind opportunity, these vacation experiences offer everything you need. Coral Planting Maldives Opened in 2019, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has emerged as a world-class resort surrounded by white sands and crystal blue water. Guests can indulge in water activities, a spa and wellness sanctuary and dining venues, including a treetop restaurant. Also available is a one-on-one experience with the property’s resident marine biologist, Emma Bell. Guests can help Bell in her daily tasks in preserving the ocean, such as adopting a coral frame or removing a crown of thorns (a sea star that eats the coral) from the reef. They can also partake in guided snorkeling trips and presentations about marine life in the Maldives. Coral framing experience: $175 USD per frame Mountaintop Wine Tasting Napa Valley TOR Wines owner Tor Kenwood [...]

Orange County’s Signature Cocktails: Javier's Cadillac Margarita

By Miyuri Norris Cigar & Spirits Magazine is on a journey to compile a list of signature cocktails native to the Orange County area. First on our list is the signature Cadillac Margarita from the esteemed Mexican Food chain: Javier's. Javier's presents a rich heritage of elevated Mexican cuisine in a friendly, captivating ambiance. Enjoy hand-shaken margaritas, rare tequilas, craft cocktails and a vast selection of beer and fine wines. Dine with Javier's in the main dining room, al fresco patios, one of our intimate private dining rooms, or at the exquisite bar surrounded by one of the West Coast's largest selection of the world's finest tequilas. Watch as Gaspar demonstrates how to make the brand's signature Cadillac Margarita! How to Make Javier's Signature Cadillac Margarita Watch as Javier's Newport Beach's lead bartender, Gaspar, makes the chain's signature Cadillac Margarita. Check out the rest of our lifestyle pieces!

Japanese Whisky

By Julie Harrington Giffin Japanese culture is fragrant and exotic and their whisky is no exception. Make no mistake about it, sake’ may be the national beverage of Japan, but it is their whisky that intrigues the most sophisticated palates well versed in Scotch, Irish and American whiskies. With its delicate familiarity, Japanese whisky continues to make a radical, unanticipated climb in popularity both in Japan and abroad. Whisky production in Japan can be traced back almost 150 years where it remained predominantly domestic and undeservingly dormant. This little-known expression got its first glimpse of international stardom when a Nikka 10 year Yoichi Single Malt was awarded “Best of the Best” by Whiskey Magazine in 2001. For the next decade, Japanese whisky production continued its quest to produce a “Scotch” whiskey in Japan while gradually acquiring a quiet cult following. This quest sent shockwaves worldwide when Jim Murray, a critically acclaimed whiskey connoisseur, bestowed Suntory’s Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 as the “Worlds Best Whisky” in his 2015 Whiskey Bible. This was a groundbreaking and ground-shaking moment in the world of whisky as it simultaneously legitimized the Japanese whiskey industry while shattering that of Scotch. For [...]

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