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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

Ron Barcelo: Imperial Premium Blend 30 Aniversario

MSRP: $125 | ABV: 43% The 30 is distilled in the Dominican Republic from the fermented juice of freshly cut estate-grown sugar cane. It has exceptional flavor, robustness and complexity. This Limited Edition (only 600 bottles are allocated annually to the United States) is a keeper. The rich, enveloping aromas of dried fruits, vanilla and caramel are sublime. Rating: Want to read more ratings? Subscribe to Cigar & Spirits! Subscribe

Alec Bradley: Gatekeeper

Robusto 5 x 50 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan Tasting Notes: The Gatekeeper is informed with a natural sweetness offset by black pepper, cedar and nuts throughout most of the smoke. There’s a surprisingly creamy leather finish that takes it to another level. Rating: Want to read more ratings? Subscribe to Cigar & Spirits! Subscribe

Arturo Fuente: Opus x Angel's Share

5.20 x 50 Robusto Wrapper: Dominican Chateau De La Fuente Sun Grown Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Tasting Notes: A combination of creamy nuts and cinnamon with a balance of elegant, slightly sweet cedar-like flavors that evolve into cocoa notes. Aroma from the wrapper is strong and offers an almost shockingly distinct peanut butter note, along with just a touch of leather and cedar, while the cold draw brings flavors of cinnamon, cedar, sweet raisins and an interesting floral essence. Rating: Want to read more ratings? Subscribe to Cigar & Spirits! Subscribe

Daniel Marshall Cigars: Daniel X Carlito XXXVIII Anniversary Cigar Limited Edition 2020

Torpedo 6 3/8 x 52 Wrapper: Dominican, Chateau de la Fuente Binder: Dominican, Chateau de la Fuente Filler: Dominican, Chateau de la Fuente Tasting Notes: Each cigar is crafted by an individual artisan at Chateau de la Fuente–12 per day. This celebratory cigar is blended with tobaccos up to 12 years old, then aged a minimum of one year after being rolled in special cedar vaults. Chocolate, coffee, caramel and honey notes are evident. The blend is rich and smooth, and worthy of the Marshall anniversary. The Fuente draw is effortless, and offers a fine ash. Rating: Want to read more ratings? Subscribe to Cigar & Spirits! Subscribe

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