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 read more ratings? Subscribe to Cigar & Spirits! Subscribe

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: Want to read more ratings? Subscribe to Cigar & Spirits! Subscribe

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 well. Rating: Want to read more ratings? Subscribe to Cigar & Spirits! Subscribe

Egan’s Irish Whiskey: Egan’s Centenary

MSRP: $100 | ABV: 46% Tasting Notes: This Egan’s is a blend of single grain and single malt whiskeys, aged in XO Cognac casks of French Limousin oak. It’s devoid of chill-filtering to retain its unique characteristics.  Centenary’s profile has floral notes with accents of honey and apricot on the nose. A combination of light wafers, almond, ginger, and zesty fruits linger on the palate. The finish is long and gentle with hints of ginger giving way to lemon zest and licorice. Rating: Want to read more ratings? Subscribe to Cigar & Spirits! Subscribe

Blanco Cigars: Above & Beyond Heroes

6 x 60 Epic Wrapper: Honduran Binder: Honduran Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan Strength: Medium/Full Tasting Notes: The Above & Beyond HEROES series pays homage to Civil Service heroes including Police, Fire, EMS and the Armed Forces. The company is generously donating a portion of the proceeds to assist family members of fallen and surviving service members. This dressed up in red, white and blue cigar is artfully packaged. The box-pressed shape feels perfect in your hand even at this large size. It’s a nuanced blend with salty, licorice and cinnamon notes. Licorice and toast comprise an ideal finish. Rating: Want to read more ratings? Subscribe to Cigar & Spirits! Subscribe

Botanicals Spotlight: Nolet's Silver Gin Leads the Way with Signature Botanicals

By Randy Mastronicola THE TREND IN HEALTHY LIVING has taken over every consumer category. NOLET’S has been at the forefront of the botanicals movement as an industry leader for a number of years. While it might seem unlikely that alcohol could ever be considered a “health food,” adding plants known for their taste as well as for their beneficial properties has accomplished just that. The most often seen botanical spirit is gin. Gin is already a botanical spirit by definition since the addition of juniper essence is what sets it apart from other spirits. Given this reality, adding more botanicals to the mix seems a natural. The array of real botanicals used in NOLET’S Silver Gin leads to fresh and surprising flavors. There’s something for everyone’s palate including slightly tart raspberry, juicy succulent peach and fragrant rose. “We carefully craft NOLET’S Silver Gin with over 325 years of family distilling tradition and expertise,” says Carl Nolet Jr., 11th Generation Nolet Family Member. The Nolet family distillation process ensures that each botanical used is individually macerated and then distilled using a specially commissioned copper pot still. As a whole, botanical led products have increased in [...]

Dos Hombres

MSRP: $60 | ABV: 42% Dos Hombres Mezcal is the collaboration between Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston along with the renowned Mezcalier, Gregorio Velasco Luis. The spirit is crafted with espadin agave, hand-selected from the hillsides of a small village in Oaxaca. The mezcal was developed with velvety notes of fruit, agave and features a woody, apple quality. The fine finish is smooth and smoky sweet. Rating: Want to read more ratings? Subscribe to Cigar & Spirits! Subscribe

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