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NBA Legend Karl Malone: "The Mailman" Delivers Double Gold Rum and Cigars

By Lincoln Salazar and Randy Mastronicola IF YOU WERE AN NBA FAN during the league’s renaissance in the late 1980s and ‘90s, it would be nearly impossible to dispute that Karl “The Mailman” Malone’s dominance led to one of the most storied careers in the league’s history. His status as the premier power forward of his generation is virtually undeniable. Indeed, Karl has one hell of a basketball [...]

Sam Heughan: The Actor's Runaway Career and Whisky Ride

By Joe Bosso, Portraits by John Russo IN THE GENERAL MANNER by which Hollywood gauges popularity, Sam Heughan is having a moment. The 39-year-old Scottish actor’s bravura portrayal of Jamie Fraser, the 18th century Highlander hero of the smash Starz time-travel drama Outlander, is one of the prime reasons why the series, now in its sixth season, has become one of those TV phenoms cable networks lust after. [...]

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul: Dos Hombres Breaking Brand

By Audrey Pavia, Portraits by Charlie Gray Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have chemistry. You don’t have to look hard to see it. As Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, their on-screen chemistry not only resulted in the infamous blue meth, but it also made Breaking Bad one of the most groundbreaking television series ever produced. In real life, the depth of their friendship is readily obvious after spending [...]

Film Legend Francis Ford Coppola: Wine, Women and Spirits

By Audrey Pavia, Portraits by Monti Smith Driving through picturesque, treelined Highway 128 on my way to the Coppola Family estate in Napa Valley, I flashed back to the first time I saw The Godfather. It was 1972, and I was 14 years old. I remember sitting in the theater with my parents, mesmerized by what was happening on screen. I was too young to understand that gripping [...]

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Asbury Park Distilling Co.: Barrel Finished Gin

MSRP: $57 |ABV: 43% The gin is finished in new American oak barrels. It’s a light amber color with aromas of fresh oak, sweet vanilla, caramel, honey, charcoal, honeysuckle, flowers and some smoke. There are flavors of leather, sweetness (honey and vanilla), pipe smoke, charcoal, oak and juniper with gin in the background. It finishes sweetly with pepper spiciness, oak and alcohol warmth. Rating: Want to [...]

Caldwell Cigar Co.: Eastern Standard Midnight Express Robusto

5 x 50 Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut seed Arapiraca Maduro Binder: Dominican Habano Filler: Dominican Corojo/Criollo 98, Nicaraguan Habano Strength: Medium/Full Tasting Notes: This handsome robusto is smoke filled with personality. Flora, cedar, chocolate and some salt and pepper are just a few of the pleasantly complex aromas and tastes. Rating: Want to read more ratings? Subscribe to Cigar & Spirits! Subscribe

Havana Club: Tributo 2020

MSRP: $456 | ABV: 40% This rum marks the 5th anniversary of the Tributo Collection with a limited release of 2,500 bottles globally. It features a cherry amber color, with dried fruits, sweet caramel and bitter chocolate. There are notes of poached pears with hints of old leather, spices and smooth old cigar aroma. The finish reveals tastes of chocolate and vanilla that showcase the rum’s natural aging. Rating: [...]

Drew Estate: Liga Privada Year of the Rat

5.5 x 46 Corona Gorda Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Brazilian Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan Strength: Medium/Full Tasting Notes: This Rat is a new chapter from the original offering from 2016. The gold foil that covers most of the wrapper is an eye-catcher. It delights in true creamy Liga Privada fashion with distinct notes of black pepper and earth throughout the smoking experience. The sweet burn finishes with a bit of citrus as [...]

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