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LINCOLN SALAZAR RANDY MASTRONICOLA AUDREY PAVIA

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OUTLANDER’S SAM HEUGHAN

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The Actor’s Runaway Career And Whisky Ride

Perfecto Pairings to Expand Your Palate

LIFESTYLE

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THE LOWDOWN WHAT’S OUT THERE NOW

Jammin’ Guitars You’ve Never Heard Of Bucket List National Parks To Visit Summer Diver Watches Make The Scene Rockin’ Sockless Summer Shoes

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CALLING ALL PATRIARCHS AND COLLEGIANS

FEATURED PAIRINGS

FOR YOUR HUMIDOR

Spring Cigar Buyer’s Guide

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FOR YOUR HOME BAR

LATIN BASEBALL

Spring Spirits Buyer’s Guide

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DADS AND GRADS GIFT GUIDE

FIVE LUXE LIFE COCKTAIL RECIPES

For the Spring

The Cigar & Spirits Gift Guide Is All About Celebrating YOU

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INTERVIEW

Pairing Spirits With Complementary Cuisine

A QUICK HIT WITH SCOTT THOMAS OF PARMALEE

MATCH MAKER MAGIC

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ICONIC BRAND SPOTLIGHT

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Zacapa Rum

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FEATURES

SAM HEUGHAN

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LUXE LIFE COCKTAILS

Livin’ Large with Country Music and Cigars

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BEHIND THE LEAF

What’s In A Name? Zander-Greg’s Arthur Berberian on Nat Cicco

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THE CULTURE OF LATIN BASEBALL

Béisbol Has Been Very, Very Good To Us

ABOUT OUR COVER

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Cigar & Spirits Magazine met with Sam Heughan at FD Photo Studios in Los Angeles this past March. Renowned celebrity photographer John Russo’s work appearing in this issue perfectly captures Sam’s depth and intensity. Sam proved to be an affable whisky bloke as well, and shared his sense of humor and laughter throughout the shoot.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN NEW-GEN HOLLYWOOD

>> Sam Heughan and Editor-in-Chief Randy Mastronicola

We thank Sam Heughan, Writer Joe Bosso and Photographer John Russo (including Jason Bush and Tas Limur on John’s team) for their creative efforts. A special thank you to Publicist Jennifer Allen at Viewpoint LA who helped put us all together.

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THE LOWDOWN

Top Talents to Watch In 2020 and Beyond

We thank Wardrobe Stylist Monty Jackson and Groomer Joanna Pensinger for fashioning Sam throughout the day.

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Gin Splashes Out in London

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publisher’s note Hand in Hand Unfortunately, each generation is destined to have some kind of life-changing and life-defining experience. The 20s, 30s and 40s saw Prohibition, The Great Depression and World War II. We endured the Kennedy assassinations, the Vietnam War, and President Nixon’s Watergate era in the 60s and 70s. We encountered the AIDS epidemic in the 80s. Some years later, we would experience the infamous attacks of September 11–the day cowardly terrorist decided to fly two commercial planes into the iconic Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York City. The United States would never be the same. The American people began life in a post-terrorist attacks insecure world. We gave up many of our liberties and freedoms for safety–with phone tapping, and most heightened security the country ever faced. We now come to the year 2020. We have entered into this new world of living in the midst of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. We have already seen panic and hysteria, and the need for people to seclude themselves and their families in their homes. The stores are empty. People are competing with one another for bottled water, toilet paper and stocking up on as many rations as possible. People are beginning to live in fear. Hand shakes and human touch has started to become taboo. People have begun to see the reality of their mortality. Some have begun to quarantine themselves from the world in fear for their lives and the lives of others. Travel has been cut off across the world. Countries have been quarantined. The economy has begun to suffer. Some businesses and schools have shut down. Our country and our world seems to have gone into complete darkness. It is times like these that we really get to reflect on our lives. What is the point? Did God bless us with a life to have life? Or to live a life? Now let that settle for a moment–life to have life. Or life to live life… We were not given life to live in fear, but we were given life to embrace all that is given and thrown our way. Are we really living if we are living in fear?

one day to live. There is no promise of tomorrow, and yesterday is gone. We must not let our self-obsession of thinking we have control over all make us let go of God. Let us live a life, and not simply just have one. May God bless us all in these times. May this make us stronger, fill our hearts with love, our souls with wisdom and bring us all much closer even though we may seem so far away from one another. Let us not live in fear, but live in God’s grace, and walk through challenging times hand in hand.

Sincerely,

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Human connection, compassion–and most of all–love for one another is what makes us human. Without human connection we are nothing more than a bunch of fish bumping into each other in a busy sea. We must choose always to live. Each day we only have

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JAMMIN’ GUITARS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF If you play guitar, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the big guitar companies like Fender, Gibson, Paul Reed Smith, Martin, Taylor and others. But there are many, many smaller, under-the-radar guitar companies that make truly exceptional instruments, and today we want to talk about a few of our favorites. In the past, if you’ve bought a guitar made in China, it was most likely terrible. But one company that has completely turned that idea on its head is Eastman Guitars. Eastman was founded in 1992 by Qian Ni, and what began as a company that made stringed instruments like violins, cellos and basses, grew into a company that sells guitars and other stringed instruments, like ukuleles, banjos and mandolins. Both their electric guitars and their acoustic guitars have familiar shapes that guitar players may recognize, but don’t confuse them with copycat guitar-makers. These are truly exceptional instruments that borrow from tradition and then improve upon it. Because of the high level of craftsmanship, each instrument feels like your dream guitar. One of their hallmarks is their antique varnish finish, originally used on their violins, and now offered on all their guitars. This finish is applied by hand in thin coats, and allows the wood of the guitar to resonate more freely, giving each guitar with this finish a livelier feel and sound. Simply put: Eastman makes traditional guitars in an exceptional way, and we love them.

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Another company to look out for is Novo Guitars. Based in Nashville, Tenn., Novo Guitars was started by Dennis Fano, who is a big deal in the guitar world. He also started two other guitar brands: Fano and Rivolta Guitars (two bonus choices). Each brand is great, but Novo is arguably his top tier line and offers a few different models with several customizable options. Most of the guitar bodies are an offset double-cut that look vintage and offbeat in the coolest way. They like to use reclaimed pine for the guitar bodies, tempered maple for guitar necks, and many other highquality parts such as Fralin pickups, Kluson tuners and Mastery bridges. They have many different finishes to choose from–almost anything you can think of—and they can distress and age them as much or as little as you desire. And as beautiful as their guitars are, they aren’t making “case queens.” They’re making guitars for guitar players who want something reliable, playable and beautiful. They have a fantastic line, and we can’t recommend them highly enough. Our last suggestion is Frank Brothers Guitar Company. Frank Brothers was started by three brothers Frank in Toronto, Canada. The Frank Brothers grew up in a family that loved to play music, and now their love is truly felt in every detail of their exquisite guitars. We love the look of these guitars: a perfect fusion of Gibson and Teisco guitars, but elevated. They have three models, one body shape, and many, many customizable options to choose from—so many that you just need to see their website or Instagram page to see the possibilities. And the level of detail in every guitar is astonishing. You see the love even in small things like the box, case and switch tips. Everything has been designed with care. That level of detail also goes into the feel and the sound, making them a joy to play. At the end of the day, they have a line of guitars that is perfect in every way, from sound to playability to appearance. These guitars are truly works of art.

JA M M IN’ G U ITA RS YO U’ VE N EVER H E A R D O F

There are many more brands we could talk about, but these are some of the best. Trust us, you have got to play one of these.

BUCK ET LIST N ATI O N A L PA R KS TO VISIT SU M M ER DIVER WATCH ES M A K E TH E SCEN E RO CK I N’ SO CK LESS SU M M ER SH O ES

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>> Rocky Mountain National Park has an abundance of wild life and vegetation. Elk prefer the high areas in the backcountry during the summer.

>> Families, hikers and a myriad of travelers annually take in the spectacular summer views from Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park.

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If you’re like us, every year adds a national park to your bucket list of places to visit. National parks are truly a great U.S. treasure, and each time we go to one, it takes our breath away with its beauty. Let’s go through some of the most-visited national parks for you to check off your list this year.

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BUCKET LIST NATIONAL PARKS TO VISIT

>> The stunning North Rim Grand Canyon Cape Royal.

>> A majestic view of Half Dome Rock at Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite is one of the oldest national parks in the United States, and it’s photographed so often, you’ve probably seen pictures of many of its most famous attractions, such as Half Dome, El Capitan and Tunnel View. With its enormous granite mountains, gorgeous valleys, sequoias, glaciers, waterfalls, and picturesque scenery, Yosemite seems surreal. It’s a special place, and everyone who goes there comes back changed by its beauty.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Obviously, this is a very mountainous park, and with that comes a lot of natural beauty, incredible scenery, great hiking and, on a negative note, a lot of crazy weather—you’ll have to keep an eye on it through the Rocky Mountain National Park website, which you can find via www.nps.gov. But once you’re there, you have 415 square miles of park with elevations rising to 12,000 feet, mountains, lakes, waterfalls and trails. It’s everything you imagined it would be.

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Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Tennessee The Smokey Mountains gets almost twice the number of visitors each year as the Grand Canyon—and that’s saying a lot. This is likely due to the perfect mix of park, community and family-friendly attractions, making it almost a National Park resort. The mountains themselves are spectacular, and the park has plenty of places to camp or just unwind for a spell while taking in the Smokey magic of this majestic park. There are so many National Parks in America, and all of them are stunning in their own right. If you have one close by, be sure to pay a visit. And make plans to attend one of these majestic wonders.

>> El Capitan at Yosemite National Park is a main attraction for boating fun and soaking in the views.

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona Now, this is one you already knew would be here. It’s one of the most popular national parks for one reason: it’s the Grand Canyon. And if you can only do one thing at this national park, you must stand on the edge and look down into the majestic canyon itself. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen in your life, and all the accounts are right; it takes your breath away. But there’s more here than just the lookouts. There’s camping, guided tours, whitewater rafting and much more.

>> A summer hiker cools off and takes in the moment at a trailside stream in the Great Smoky National Park.

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>> An inspiring sun star enhances the view from the Summit of Mount Le Conte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

>> Two young women relishing the moment at New Navajo Falls at the Grand Canyon.

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SUMMER DIVER WATCHES MAKE THE SCENE What is it about diver watches that we all love? There’s something classic, sleek and elegant about a diver watch. Maybe it’s from James Bond or our favorite celebrities wearing them. But whatever it is, we’re all aboard. Diver watches serve a real purpose: they tell a scuba diver how much time he’s been in the water. Predictably, these watches need to be reliable and waterproof for extended ocean depths. Perhaps two of the most historically popular diver watches are the Rolex Submariner and the Omega Seamaster. Both are fantastic timepieces that are well worth their price; we could gush about them all day. But there are many other great diver watches in the market. LÜM-TEC specializes in very high-quality watches that have a sleek, military style, and their 300m-3 ($795) is a fantastic choice for a diver. It has a 40-millimeter stainless steel case with titanium carbide PVD coating, a Miyota 9015 movement, two-tone luminescence on the hands and indices, two watch bands, and is waterproof to 300 meters. It’s a striking workhorse of a watch that performs just as well as it looks.

For an oversized choice, the Marathon Jumbo Search & Rescue Diver’s Automatic ($1,900) is a beast of a watch. It has a 46-millimeter stainless steel case, a 25-jewel Eta 2836 movement, day and date calendar, tritium gas tubes on the hands and indices, and it’s waterproof to 300 meters. Marathon is hefty and reliable, and if you like oversized watches, or you have larger wrists, the Marathon is great choice. The Seiko Prospex ($550), is an evolution of Seiko’s classic range of dependable diver watches. The Prospex has a 44-millimeter case, an automatic 23-jewel movement, 41-hour power reserve and water resistance up to 200 meters. Seiko hits in all the right ways: price, utility and looks. And the Prospex is the perfect example of this sweet spot.

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Another great choice is the Tudor Pelagos ($4,575), which is the personification of luxury and performance. It has a 42-millimeter satin finished titanium case, an inhouse 26-jewel automatic movement, a 70-hour power reserve, and water resistance up to 500 meters. It’s a fantastic piece that is professional and looks great with a suit or a scuba suit.

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>> Grant Atone Travel Pony

>> Grizzly Moc by Quoddy

ROCKIN’ SOCKLESS SUMMER SHOES Who doesn’t love summer? It’s the season of shorts, beaches, sports, swimming and grilling. Also, comfortable shoes. And since the heat kicked up, it’s the perfect time of year to rock some of your stylish kicks sockless—or at least to appear sockless. Here are some of our favorite seasonal shoes to wear bare.

>> Royale by Greats

First is the Grizzly Moc by Quoddy ($350), a classic moccasin that is extremely comfortable and surprisingly durable. At first glance, what appears to be a house-friendly slipper is actually a hearty shoe that can be worn in many places with ease. And with the almost endless customizable options for leather upper, sole, lining and thread, you can pick a pair that match your taste and style.

>> Mohinder Woven City Slipper

The Grant Stone Travel Penny ($295) is another fantastic choice for summer and is at the top of its tier for quality and style. The penny loafer in general is a great shoe to wear for warmer weather, and it’s also a very versatile shoe with many dress options. Grant Stone once again hits the sweet spot here, making it a supremely versatile and snazzy choice with shorts, jeans or chinos—socks optional. They have a few different leather choices, but our choice here is their suede, which is perfect for summer heat. For a casual shoe that pops, our choice is the Royale by Greats ($179). It’s a simple fashion sneaker that just works. Greats has many colors that are all superb, but we think white is the best option here, because it goes with everything. Wear these with a casual outfit to Dave Johnson is a fragrance review critic and entertainer lift your look, or wear with a suit to dress it down while still looking on the popular YouTube Channel Fragrance Bros. To great. Made in Italy with quality leather, these shoes are comfortable, see more, visit FragranceBros.com. made well and look really stylish. Because of their usefulness, we think everyone should have a pair in their wardrobe.

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Next is the Mohinder Woven City Slipper ($145), which, as the name suggests, is a slipper made for walking in the city. And we think it’s a great alternative to wearing unfashionable flipflops. With its unique look, it’s a slick-looking shoe that seems to attract attention with each wearing. And with its buffalo hide leather upper and crepe rubber sole, they virtually refuse to wear out.

You can always wear no-show socks if you want something between foot and shoe, but our advice would be to stay away from long socks this summer and check out some of these shoes for a great new summer look.

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DON LINO AFRICA KIFARU MIAMI CIGAR & COMPANY ARDBEG BLAAACK SCOTCH WHISKY Has anyone else noticed some amazing cigars coming out in recent years that highlight African/ Cameroon tobacco in wrapper or binder? The flavor of African tobacco is extremely unique, and when blended by masters like AJ Fernandez and Nestor Miranda, like the Don Lino Africa, you get an awesome cigar. On light, there’s instantly a sweet tea note, somewhere between earthy green tea and richer black. As you progress, there’s a tasty sweet jammy-ness, like raspberries, on top of a drier, meaty flavor of brazil nuts. A special and complex cigar like the Don Lino Africa is best complemented by something equally multi-dimensional. Ardbeg Blaaack is a Limited Edition Ardbeg in a black bottle, with a black sheep on it, bottled in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Ardbeg Committee, something like a “fan club” for Ardbeg. Blaaack is finished in Pinot Noir casks and is a complex and bold blast-of-Islay. With a stringent nose and flavors of peat and sour cherry, Blaaack is bold enough to sip neat with a strong cigar. The pairing of Africa and Blaaack is certainly an experience, and your palate will likely need a nap after all the excitement. Kirafu (Belicoso) 6 x 52 | Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano | Binder: Cameroon (African) Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican | MSRP (cigar): $10 | MSRP (scotch): $140

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PERFECTO PAIRINGS TO EXPAND YOUR PALATE by Greg Mays

CASA CUBA DOBLE CINCO MAKER’S MARK 101 BOURBON WHISKY PLASENCIA ALMA DEL FUEGO SINSHIP 1930 SMOKED RUM

The Casa Cuba line is an Arturo Fuente family blend, meant to be a throwback to cigars of old with a milder profile and a classic sweet-tobacco flavor. Of course, Fuente cigars are consistently built with excellent construction, with a richness in the belly that I find unique to Fuente.

Plasencia is quite the staple in cigars and tobacco farming in Honduras and Nicaragua. As rollers of many famous cigar brands, they’ve been rolling their own label for a few decades as well. New to the family name in 2017, the Alma del Fuego (Soul of Fire) line highlights tobacco from the Ometepe region of Nicaragua and its “fiery” volcanic soil. Three vitolas are available for Alma del Fuego: robusto, toro and panatela. I’m happy to say I smoked the panatela.

In the Casa Cuba Doble Cinco, which is a 5 x 50 robusto (those are the “doble” cincos), you have notes of sweet cream, and buttered toast. You’ll discover a buttery richness that only builds as you smoke through the cigar.

There’s a sweetness in the smell of the wrapper, like dried fruits and sweet tobacco. As you light, the fruit notes stay with you. Don’t be deceived by the narrower ring gage here, this is an hour-plus smoke. The fruit notes remain with you and there’s a pretty spicy retrohale, shifting to lighter pepper as you work your way down to the nub, the cigar eventually becomes quite mellow with notes of peppery jam. I paired the Alma del Fuego with SinShip 1930 Smoked Rum, from San Diego’s SinShip Spirits Company. Leaning on the legacy of rum in the United States, SinShip currently offers three types of rum, and the Smoked seemed the best fit for a cigar pairing.

To complement this fine stick, a glass of Maker’s Mark 101 is in order. This pairing is best served with a neat drink. 101 is a new blend from Maker’s. It was mainly available at travel retail and other special spots until recently, but it’s now appearing in a variety of stores. Uniquely, this one is only available in one liter bottles. MM101 hosts the familiar Marker’s wheated profile, though with the extra oomph, I discovered more spice and oak char coming through. You have the orange and sweet vanilla you’d expect from Maker’s, but this expression is bolder. With a buttery, creamy cigar like the Casa Cuba Doble Cinco, the spicier and complementary sweet notes of Maker’s 101 is a perfect fit. Robusto 5 x 50 | Wrapper: Dominican | Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican | MSRP (cigar): $10 | MSRP (whiskey): $50

The nose is sticky sugar cane, with flavors of vanilla followed by a woody campfire. This rum is a good substitute in traditional whiskey cocktails, too. Try it in an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan, and you’ll be delighted. There’s a sweet and smoky interplay throughout your sipping experience, and it highlights the fiery Alma cigar in a unique and flavorful way. Panatela 6.5 x 38 | Wrapper: Nicaraguan | Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan | MSRP (cigar): $13 | MSRP (rum): $40

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BRICKHOUSE CONNECTICUT CHURCHILL SOUTH FORK VODKA I was about half an inch into this seven-inch cigar when I commented out loud, “Brick House is such a great cigar, and at this price, they’re unbeatable.” Other than the birds in the trees, no one responded, so I’ll just tell you the same, here. It’s a little bit of a challenge to come across a fine Churchill with an easy-on-the-budget price point. Especially one that’s built this well, and tastes this good. But Brick House has it down, and this Connecticut blend has luxurious notes of cinnamon at medium strength. Throughout the smoke, the cigar burned perfectly and the flavorful Nicaraguan tobacco was kept at bay by the mild Connecticut wrapper. Eventually, cedar notes arrived to complement the cinnamon. A nice pairing with a mild stick like this is vodka, so South Fork Vodka from Satellite Spirits in Northern California did the trick. South Fork Vodka is light, with a sweet nose, viscous on the tongue with a long finish. No burn, just a clean and pleasurable finish. I sipped South Fork on the rocks with an orange twist, and it was a sublime fit with my Brick House Churchill. Churchill 7 x 50 | Wrapper: Connecticut | Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan | MSRP (cigar): $7 | MSRP (vodka): $20

LA MIRADA ROBUSTO DESEO STARWARD TWO-FOLD DOUBLE GRAIN AUSTRALIAN WHISKY La Mirada’s Robusto Deseo features a lightly-colored Connecticut shade-grown wrapper that’s quite claro in color. There are some raised veins, and the construction is excellent. On light, there are initially very distinct notes of vanilla and orange, light and aromatic, with an underlying clove bite from time to time. The cigar is mild and builds in strength slightly as you smoke, introducing notes of cream and cold brew coffee. The ash burns bright-white and tight to the nub. I paired La Mirada’s stick with Starward Two-Fold Australian Whisky, which features a two-ingredient distillate of wheat and malted barley, and is finished in Australian red wine barrels. I’ve come to realize through my pairings for Cigar & Spirits Magazine that red wine and whisky are great drinks to pair with cigars, but when you have a hybrid drink like this, it becomes astonishingly great. Starward’s Two-Fold is light with a fruity nose and flavor notes of spices and cherries. Red wine lingers long on the tongue at the finish–like really long–and the overall experience is very drinkable and approachable. Together, the light and tasty vanilla notes of La Mirada’s cigar highlight the richer and flavorful fruits of Starward Two-Fold. It’s a delicious pair. 5 x 50 Robusto | Wrapper: Connecticut Shade | Binder: Nicaraguan (Criollo 98) Filler: Nicaraguan | MSRP (cigar): $10 | MSRP (whisky): $40 Greg Mays is the Executive Editor of Simple Cocktails (simplecocktails.net). Follow him on Instagram at @simplecocktails.

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>> Boston Red Sox pitcher Luis “El Tiante” Tiant looking Cuban cool outside of Fenway Park in the 1970s. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997. >> Pitcher Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez (right) and Master Cigar Roller Manuel Medina (left) are the creators of Cigar El Duque 26.

CUBA Even this country’s infamous communist dictator Fidel Castro was at one time a baseball player. Castro was an amateur player and longtime fan. However, he banned the island’s capitalist professional leagues after the Cuban Revolution in 1959. The country now hosts only amateur leagues with top players sent to the Cuban national baseball team. After Castro’s takeover, baseball became a sport to reinforce Cuban nationalistic pride. “We can say that our athletes are the children of our Revolution and, at the same time, the standard-bearers of that same Revolution,” Castro noted.

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>> Many young boys look for a way out of poor villages by playing baseball like these kids in Trinidad, Cuba and they idolize star players who made it to the United States like sluggers Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig.

The average Cuban wage is about $25-30 a month, so it’s understandable why talented players would make the harrowing journey north for a shot at MLB riches. Even a minor league salary is nice in comparison to life on the island. Former Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez actually rescued his mother from drowning while fleeing the island at age 15. (Sadly, he would die in a boating accident in 2016 at the age of 24.) Other prominent Cuban players include Orlando “El Duque” Hernández, his brother Liván, Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu, Tony Oliva, Tony Perez, Jose Canseco and numerous others. “El Duque” >> Tony Oliva, is a renowned cigar smoker, and had ample Minnesota Twins. opportunity to light up as a four-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees from 1998 through 2000, and again in 2005. He even had a line of cigars (blended by the respected Manuel Onelio Medina) and a line of accessories.

THE CULTURE OF LATIN BASEBALL

BÉISBOL HAS BEEN VERY, VERY GOOD TO US

>> Yasiel Puig (known for his quirky habit of licking his bat) picks out a stick and likely does the same to his cigar.

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Many of these regions that boast some of the greatest cigars and tobacco are also baseball mad – with that love for a bat, ball and glove fostered at an early age. Whether pitching on a diamond in Havana or playing some stickball on the streets of Santo Domingo, there’s a passion for baseball in Latin America that has sent numerous players to the major leagues. Many have escaped poverty and become the pride of their home country, and many have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

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The crack of the bat and smell of freshly cut grass have been delayed a bit this season. As the United States deals with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Major League Baseball postponed opening day at least eight weeks from the original start of the season on March 26. Not only are fans dealing with the challenges faced by the country’s oldest sports league, but baseball diehards in Latin America are also waiting for home runs and strikeouts from some of their favorite homegrown players.

Baseball’s history on the island dates to the 1860s when students returning from the United States began playing. The Spanish banned the sport in 1869, and it then became associated with freedom and Cuban independence. Estevan Bellán became the first Latin-born athlete to play professional baseball in the States, manning third base for the Troy Haymakers and New York Mutuals from 1868-73.

>> Yoenis Cespedes of the New York Mets celebrates after his team clinched the National League Pennant in 2015.

Luis Tiant was one of the island’s best, pitching in the majors for 19 years mostly for the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox. Before that, he’d also taken the mound for the Havana Sugar Kings. Years later, Tiant would take on the Cuban pastime of smoking cigars. His El Tiante cigar line launched in 2009, using the nickname from his playing days. A smoker since the age of 17, the legendary pitcher could often be seen with a stogie in his mouth celebrating after games.

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>> David “Big Papi” Ortiz is the Babe Ruth of the modern era. His second cigar offering in El Artista Cigars’ Big Papi line is a larger-than-life 7 x 60 stick.

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This Caribbean island country with a population of just under 11 million has produced some of the game’s best. The country boasts luminaries like Sammy Sosa, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Juan Marichal and many others. The game is the country’s most popular sport and the Dominican supplies the second-most players in MLB after those who are American-born.

Cuban immigrants introduced baseball to the Dominican Republic in the late 19th Century and for many youngsters, baseball is a way to escape poverty. Despite an improved economic outlook in recent years, about 23 percent remain impoverished. Every Major League team has an academy on the island to recruit and develop players. Boys as young as 13 drop out of school, and focus more on their skills on the baseball diamond. David ”Big Papi” Ortiz of Boston Red Sox fame knows first-hand how baseball can offer hope to kids seeking a better life, and he’s the owner of the “Big Papi” brand of cigars produced by Tabacalera El Artista SRL. “When you talk about where I’m from, there’s a lot of harsh reality,” he wrote in the Players’ Tribune in 2015. “The poverty, the crime. But the people are some of the most loyal, joyful people you’re going to find on earth. We’re survivors. We just find a way. “When I was a little kid, we didn’t have money for real baseballs. So on Three Kings Day, my sister got a new baby doll. I figured she wasn’t gonna use the old one, so I chopped off the head and shaved all the hair off. It made for a perfect baseball.”

NICARAGUA Baseball remains the national pastime in this Central American country of about six million people. American businessman Albert Addlesberg brought the game to the country in the 1880s, convincing two cricket clubs to switch to baseball. The game has been a major part of Nicaraguan life ever since, and now has a pro league with four teams and numerous amateur organizations. While fewer players from Nicaragua have played in the majors, Everth Cabrera, Erasmo Ramirez, and Cheslor Cuthbert all have recently represented their country in MLB. One of the country’s most successful players is Dennis “El Presidente” Martinez. Martinez recorded a formidable 245 wins from 1976 to 1998.

>> Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels is a shoe-in as a first ballot Hall of Famer once he hangs up his spikes. Photo courtesy of MLB.com.

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Erasmo Ramirez’s ascent to baseball stardom typifies the rise of many young stars in Latin America. At age 12, Ramírez left his home in Nicaragua to attend an academy in El Salvador that specialized in coaching baseball and soccer players. MLB teams scout players all through Latin America and he was spotted by the Seattle Mariners, eventually joining the team’s farm system. >> Dennis “El Presidente” Martinez amassed an impressive 245 wins over his career spanning from 1976 to 1998.

“He had a good arm, an average arm,” academy founder Jorge Bahaia told the Seattle Times. “Credit the kid — he has been working very hard. Our coaches tried as much as possible to give him all the tools to help his mechanics. We sent him to several baseball camps so he could improve his skills.” Ramírez’s hard work has led to a career in the big leagues since 2012. That passion for the game continues to inspire others.

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VENEZUELA Like the country itself, the baseball scene in this South American country has fallen on hard times in recent years. As the country faces internal struggles, scarcity of goods, and an exodus of its citizens, the country’s pro league has also struggled. Venezuela once produced baseball stars and served as the home for winter ball – a place for players to hone their skills during the offseason.

The sport was introduced in LIKE THE COUNTRY ITSELF, the country in the 1910s by Americans working in the THE BASEBALL SCENE IN growing oil industry. The South THIS SOUTH AMERICAN American nation of 32 million has produced numerous stars COUNTRY HAS FALLEN including Luis Aparicio, Miguel ON HARD TIMES IN Cabrera, Andres Galarraga and Dave Concepcion. Los RECENT YEARS. AS THE Angeles Dodgers pitcher COUNTRY FACES INTERNAL Brusdar Graterol recently spoke STRUGGLES, SCARCITY OF with MLB.com about his life growing up playing baseball in GOODS, AND AN EXODUS a small farming community in OF ITS CITIZENS, THE Venezuela. The 25-year-old All Star’s story is echoed by many COUNTRY’S PRO LEAGUE of the more than 100 players on HAS ALSO STRUGGLED. Major League rosters. Raised by his mother and grandparents, he began playing at age 3 – pitching and batting in the streets as he grew older.

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>> Venezuela’s Miguel Cabrera is one of the most feared hitters of his generation.

>> Whether it’s played on concrete, dirt roads or fields of grass, the joy of playing baseball is universal.

After being rejected by a Venezuelan baseball academy, Graterol continued to work and train. It paid off and he signed with the Minnesota Twins in 2014 at age 16. With the current climate in his home country, however, he’s afraid young players may not have the opportunities he’s had. “It’s a shame because there’s a lot of talent, but it’s kind of going to waste,” he said. “It seems a lot of it is getting forgotten.”

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>> Five-time MLB All-Star and Venezuelan-born Andres “The Big Cat” Galarraga taking one of his final at-bats in an illustrious career during a New York Mets Spring Training game in 2005.

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In 2019, however, MLB banned players from playing in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League after the Trump administration embraced embargoes against the country – aimed at toppling strongman dictator Nicolas Maduro. The strained relations between Venezuela and the United States, as well as high crime rates, have limited scouting efforts in the country in recent years. At one time, Venezuela had the third-most players in MLB, but that may trend downward after recent events. 

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>> Roberto Clemente

PUERTO RICO

>> Orlando Cepeda, San Francisco Giants.

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As an American territory, Puerto Rico has a long history with both the United States and baseball. The game was introduced in the late 1800s, and local teams regularly beat teams of American players. Emilio Navarro became the first Puerto Rican to play in the Negro Leagues in 1928. Hiram Bithorn followed him as the first to play in the major leagues in 1942, pitching for the Chicago Cubs. More than 100 players are now on big league rosters. The sport remains extremely popular and visitors on a quick drive around the island will find plenty of baseball fields in the metropolitan area of San Juan to colonial Ponce in the south to the tourist destination of Fajardo on the east coast. The island has hosted its own professional league since 1938 with five teams currently battling it out each season for a title.

Young Puerto Ricans dream of becoming the next Ivan Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Gonzalez or Jorge Posada. The most honored Puerto Rican player is Roberto Clemente, a Hall of Famer and 15-time All Star for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The youngest of seven children, Clemente worked in the country’s sugar fields loading trucks with his father as a youngster. He shined on the baseball diamond in his hometown of Barrio San Antón and joined the island’s amateur league at age 16. In 1952 at the age of 18, Clemente began playing in the island’s pro league before signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played in the minors, and was eventually acquired by the Pirates before making his Major League debut in 1955. He was named National League MVP in 1966 and World Series MVP in 1971. Clemente remains one of the most successful Latin American players in history, and an idol to many. In 1972 at the age of 38, Clemente died in a plane crash while delivering supplies to the victims of the Nicaragua earthquake. Clemente’s humanitarian efforts were the inspiration for MLB’s Roberto Clemente Award. It is awarded annually to those who best exemplify the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community service and the individual’s contribution to his team. “I am convinced that God wanted me to be a baseball player,” he once said. “I was born to play baseball.”

Sean Chaffin is a freelance writer in Crandall, Texas, and the writer and host of the True Gambling Stories podcast. His work appears in numerous websites and publications. Follow him on Twitter @PokerTraditions.

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Daniel Marshall Ambiente Black Matte Humidor

Legendary humidor and cigar maker, Daniel Marshall, is offering the elegant Ambiente in Black Matte for dads and grads this year. This version of the expertly crafted Ambiente holds 65 cigars and will class up any home or office. danielmarshall.com $595

Chemex transforms your morning Cup of Joe into a scientific brew encompassing beauty, quality and java excellence. The Chemex coffeemaker is an expressive design blending art and science by chemist Dr. Peter Schlumbohn. He designed the double-bonded Chemex paper filter in unison with his hourglass-shaped carafe of single-piece borosilicate glass, resulting in a brew that is pure perfection in function and art. Designed with the same non-porous borosilicate glass as the carafe, the hand-blown mug of similar design ensures a harmonious coffee experience. It’s recognized as one of the 100 best-designed products of modern times by the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Chemex coffeemaker not only poses as a talking point accessory, but dad and grad can now boast about drinking coffee from a machine on grand display in museums around the world. chemexcoffemaker.com coffeemaker $352 glass mug $16

CALLING ALL PATRIARCHS AND COLLEGIANS

For our fabulous dads and grads, we take a diverse look at gifts this year. As you’ll see, we’ve tossed in splashes of practicality, luxury and some spice here and there. We think it’s the right time to get back to fun and excitement, and celebrate the lives and accomplishments we share with our family and friends. Cheers to the dads for their continued love and sacrifice, and cheers to the grads for a job well done. We celebrate YOU and all that you do!

Photos courtesy of Ethika, Chemex, House of Mod, Levenger, Total Wine.

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THE C&S GIFT GUIDE IS ALL ABOUT CELEBRATING YOU

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Roll out the celebration! Dad or grad will enjoy this limited-edition offering. It’s the fifth varietal from the House of Mod Sélection. It’s made of 100% Chardonnay Grand Cru and is available for purchase online. modselection.com $450

Mark Twain’s Words of Wisdom. With his engaging style, Mark Twain enlightens with a poignant and lighthearted look at life and our most basic daily tasks. Bringing humor to parenting, politics, and even romance, Twain amuses the reader from cover to cover. This is a great read alongside that tequila nightcap, or a cigar in Twain’s honor. levenger.com $79

Taking stylistic points to the extreme, Dos Armadillos Tequila presents its Sterling Collection. The same great extra anejo aged in New American Oak for 54 months with elegant notes of pear, vanilla spice, dark chocolate and deep crimson fruit preserves. This premium limited edition collectors bottle is produced using a burnished clay technique with a .950 sterling silver armor plate. The result is simply extraordinary. This is an heirloom gift complete with the Mayahuel Goddess gracing the center of the bottle, and Dad may just keep this one on his nightstand. totalwine.com $8,499

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When swanky sophistication and performance unite, it must be the uncompromising style of Suzan Lee. From her Traveluxe Bag collection, Suzan Lee designed the Globetrotter to go the distance while traveling the globe. By plane, train, subway, or metro, this refined black leather and nylon travel bag is hardwearing, lightweight and perfect in size for essential travel items requiring quick retrieval. suzanlee.com $450

Legendary Whiskey writer Michael Jackson authored numerous books, but his writings on whiskey were most influential. In its seventh edition, Jackson provides a comprehensive guide to Single Malt Scotch in a handsome leather-bound book. Bottle after bottle, Jackson provides engaging and informative details on their history, production and distilleries. With in-depth tasting notes including color, nose, body, palate, and finish, the reader can enjoy a glass of their favorite scotch and decide if their own tasting notes match that of the famed author.

When it comes to the neutral spirit vodka, there’s nothing neutral about Carbonadi. From the Piedmont region of Northwest Italy, Carbonadi Vodka’s personality is true to its source. Full of passion and sophistication, its sultry profile will make the most demanding palates take notice. Carbonadi’s bottle is an impressive opaque black while its superior content is perceived as a luminescent quality as if emitting light from within the dark bottle. Carbonadi Vodka is a gift of influence and sheer perfection.

Suzan Lee does it again by uniting chic versatility and function with the Mark Backpack in black cowhide. The Mark Backpack seamlessly enriches your office couture or Saturday city jaunt, and it even transforms into the ultraposh gym backpack. Dad and grad will appreciate the ease and comfort of being hands-free in the most fashionable way.

totalwine.com $79

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For the entrepreneur on the go, efficiency and organization are vital for success. Dad and grad will appreciate this Deluxe Portable Office Ensemble where everything they need is in one stylish file tote. Produced of alternative leather with a twill lining, the portable office tote can be embellished with a matching pen and eyeglass pouch. This is the quintessential gift of style and convenience. levenger.com tote $149 pen pouch $29 eyeglass pouch $59

Photos courtesy of Carbonadi, Levenger, Total Wine and Niemen Marcus.

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From Carbonadi Vodka to Black River Caviar, a more exquisite pairing fails to exist. They are the perfect blend of two different mediums of art. Our dad and grad caviar experience is highlighted by 100 grams of Black River Caviar’s known for its abundant nutty flavor and delicate finish. As seen in the photo below, the experience is completed with a three-piece silver-plated and glass caviar server with mother of pearl spoon, a blini set and select Crème Fraîche perfectly encased in a distinguished leather-trimmed cooler. info@blackrivercaviar.com $760

If being behind the bar is dad or grad’s forte, then Tequila Mockingbird is the book of choice. Tequila Mockingbird is a play on words of well-known classic books and accompanying cocktails of the same clever wit. Page after page delights in clever literary twists such as One Flew Over the Cosmo’s Nest, Bridget Jones Daiquiri, The Last of the Mojitos, and Moby Drink. Featuring a touch of history about the classic tales and 65 Recipes in all, the book also offers bar bites and drinking games in a hand-bound full-grain leather hardcover. Tequila Mockingbird is truly a gift of good spirits. levenger.com $79

For the dad and grad who live life as influencers in their personal circles of success, look no further than Rosalina Lydster for the gift that defines personal perfection. A perfectionist herself, Rosalina’s couture line of jewelry has become the go-to choice amongst Hollywood’s elite. A single couture piece by Rosalina will catapult dad and grad into celebrity status alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks, Elton John, Giselle Bundchen and Demi Lovato to name a few. info@jewelrybyrosalina.com and sold at Neiman Marcus and specialty stores nationwide

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Never underestimate the power of the watch. When your watch game is on point, people take notice. It defines one’s status, success and sense of style. In the age of smartphones where time can be told with a single swipe, watches have maintained their allure by watchmakers focusing on creating status statements. Maurice Le Croix has perfected the watch game in its more than 40-year history. The recipient of numerous awards for its intricate design in movements, Maurice La Croix is highly regarded as a superior brand in fashion and function.

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A surfer’s worst day is when the surf is flat. But what if you told dad and grad their disappointing dawn patrol days are a thing of the past? Enter the Ravik, an electric surfboard that is redefining surfing as we know it. Swell or no swell, the Ravik is prepped to perform with an electric motor and battery pack synchronized to deliver speeds up to 34.5 miles per hour for a non-stop surfsesh lasting up to 40 minutes. With two boards to choose from and four different power modes, the Ravik is designed with a wider tail for an easy stable ride, while the Ravik S with its twin fins and narrower tail is perfectly designed for high-performance carving and banking off waves. awakeboards.com $19,329

A nightcap of extraordinary design, elegance, and taste, multi-award-winning Dos Armadillos Tequila exudes brilliance and beauty from the inside out. Dos Armadillos Extra Anejo Tequila begins with carefully selected agaves from the heart of Jalisco. The spirit is approachable and silky on the palate due to its unique double fermentation process, aged in New American Oak for 54 months. It offers the sensual expressions of elegant pear, vanilla spice, dark chocolate and deep crimson fruit preserves. The award-winning bottle design is a handcrafted crystal bottle encased in burnished clay adorned with an obsidian medallion for a showstopping collector’s piece. totalwine.com $369

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True to its name, the Masterpiece Gravity 43mm Limited Edition is a triumphant force in the watch game. Its ambitious design, iconic and artistic in character, is a standout showpiece with its anthracite PVD case and grey calf leather strap. Water-resistant to 164 feet, once again dad or grad should worry not about a splash or two here and there while on their daily open-water swim. mauricelacroix.com $11,990

Photos courtesy of Maurice Le Croix, Awake Boards, Total Wine.

The Aikon Automatic 42mm in its sleek matte black PVD finish and matching calf leather strap, carries an heir of power, sophistication and a touch of badass. The Aikon Automatic 42mm is water-resistant to 660 feet, so if badass dad or grad decides to go cliff diving, they might as well do it in style.


Welcome to The Academy! Yep, just when they thought they’ve finished, we’re sending them back to school. Named in honor of the French Académie des Sciences, Francis Ford Coppola’s’ highly acclaimed Domaine de Broglie Winery nestled in the Dundee Hills high above Oregon’s Willamette Valley, is home not only to The Academy but also to some of the most revered Pinot Noir vineyards in the world. As an Academy Member, dad and grad will expand their knowledge on the science behind this extraordinary winemaking region while gaining first access to new releases and exclusive events at Domaine de Broglie. The Academy curriculum also includes complimentary wine tastings and preferred pricing at Domaine de Broglie, Francis Ford Coppola, and Virginia Dare Wineries, complimentary tickets to select events and experiences, and exclusive member rates at Turtle Inn, Blancaneaux Lodge, and The Family Coppola luxury destination La Lancha in Central America. Gifting The Academy is more than a gift in wine science and appreciation, it’s a gift in elevated living.

Whether traveling to Fiji for the ultimate surf trip, exploring the wine regions of Oregon, distilleries in Scotland, or even that stateside business trip, complete dad and grad’s gift ensemble with the Leather Rolling Duffle. This duffle and suitcase combo provides quick access to frequently needed items while in transit, and the generously sized compartments provide plenty of room for easy packing. Comprised of high-quality leather, a retractable trolley handle, and neoprene wheels, dad and grad are ensured a smooth ride in style on their next life adventure.

Photos courtesy of The Academy, Levenger, Stogies & Bogies.

For membership…academy@domainedebroglie.com

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Mark this momentous occasion with a Commemorative Box complete with a personalized engraving for dad or grad. This exquisite dark or natural cherry wood box is the perfect size for safeguarding valued items or as a desk accessory for holding pens and personalized stationery. Your custom message engraved on both the outside and inside of the lid will make this thoughtful gift a treasured keepsake.

Stogie & Bogeys Golf Cigar Holder These uniquely handmade cigar holders make dropping, losing and contaminating your stogie during a round a thing of the past. The tee is detachable so you have the option to set it on the tee holder or ball holder on the ground. Each cigar holder is equipped with a stabilizing pin to ensure your cigar is secure. stogiesnbogeys.com $20

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Julie Harrington Giffin (aka Agave Love) is a Certified Mezcalier. Her branding and editorial originality is delivered with a charismatic and sophisticated confidence. Julie encourages the exploration of life’s more “spirited” pleasures to one and all.

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M A G IC PA I R I N G S P I R IT S W IT H

C O M P L E M E NTA RY C U IS I N E by Elisa Jordan

WHEN PLANNING A DINNER PARTY OR SOCIAL GATHERING, it’s not uncommon to plan dishes that pair well with specific wines. It’s both art and science, and some people have great skills doing it. But what about spirits fans? Oftentimes harder alcohol is overlooked or considered too overpowering to harmonize with culinary delights. As with pairing wine with food, the idea is to find flavors that complement each other. “Pairing cocktails and spirits with food is absolutely a necessity!” says Jessica Lewis, chef at Spirits & Tales restaurant at the Oaklander Hotel in Pittsburgh. “There are undertones and layers of flavor, whether upfront on the palate or on the finish that can be paired nicely with dishes.” The options, she says, are numerous. “I love bourbon and gin,” she says. “If I were to go with bourbon, I’d pair it with flavor profiles that are present in the bourbon, caramel flavors, vanilla, spice, etc. You can take it from savory to sweet and everything in between. For gin, it’d be a focus culinary wise on the botanicals and aromatics that we can cook with in the dishes, like cucumber, juniper berry, citrus, etc.” >> This cocktail and tapas party starter showcases an array of marinated shrimp, jamon, parma chorizo sausages and fresh baguette. Besjunior/Shutterstock.com

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Peggy Noe Stevens is the first female master bourbon tester in the world. She has been inducted into both the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame and the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame. When she pairs spirits with food, she uses a “flavor trio” to help out the best in the experience. She’s especially fond of bourbon. “It’s balance, counterbalance and explosion,” Stevens says. “Balance results when the flavors of a bourbon match the flavor of a food. Counterbalance is when a completely opposite food flavor highlights certain bourbon flavor profiles. And, explosion — my favorite — is what happens when the predominant flavor of a bourbon is matched with a predominant food flavor — leading to a surround-sound tasting situation.”

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>> BBQ on a bun and Knob Creek Bourbon make for a spicy combo.

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SOME CULINARY AND SPIRITS EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON SOME IDEAS FOR PAIRINGS.

Peggy Noe Stevens’s “flavor trio” can be used to showcase a variety of flavors. “My favorite way to showcase this idea at a party is by having an example of each combination,” she says. “For balance, try Maker’s Mark with a goat cheese and orange chutney crostini — the citrus and toasted bread flavors will match the orange and toasted barrel notes of Maker’s Mark. Then, pair Knob Creek with smoked BBQ on a medallion bun with a spicy sauce — Knob Creek’s smoky caramel flavors will tame the spice from the BBQ sauce. Finally, go big with Four Roses and gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting. You’ll get the ‘explosion’ sensation from the big baking spice notes in Four Roses enhancing the predominant gingerbread flavors further.” MAR007/Shutterstock.com

Callum O’Donnell, brand ambassador for Aberlour Scotch Whisky, shared his favorite food pairing with this spirit. Photo courtesy of Arbelour.

“Manchego cheese is one of my alltime favorite snacks, and paired with a sherried whisky? It’s absolutely infallible,” he says. “The smooth, dark fruit sweetness of dates, raisins and figs of the sherry whisky combine fantastically with the fruity, tangy note of the manchego. My ultimate recommendation here would be the Aberlour A’bunadh, which is usually a phenomenal cigar pairing whisky, but in this case it goes very well with the cheese. Manchego is renowned for having strong fruity flavors, and they go well with our favorite cask strength Scotch in the A’bunadh.” >> Spanish Manchego cheese with olives and nuts.

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>> This delightful plate catches the eye with fresh Italian burrata cheese, red tomatoes and basil.

>> The subtle flavors of Greenbar Distillery’s TRU Vodka or a liqueur work well with hard cheeses or creamy burrata.

Photo courtesy of Greenbar Distillery.

In most cases, pair bold flavors with other bold flavors and subtle with subtle, according to Litty Mathew and Melkon Khosrovian, coowners of Greenbar Distillery. “In general, soft, unaged cheeses pair very well with lighter, sweet liqueurs; while harder, aged cheeses need something a bit stiffer to blend with. Burrata, for example, is creamy, delicate and would be completely overwhelmed by a 4-year, barrel-proof bourbon.”

>> The Grand Cru Surchoix is to die for.

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Jeanette Hurt, author of Drink Like a Woman and The Cheese of Wisconsin: A Culinary Travel Guide, likes Roth Grand Cru Surchoix paired with scotch. “The Surchoix with its washed rind, offers an earthy base with some grassy and even barny undertones and maybe just a touch of sweetness hinting underneath” making it the perfect swiss-style Alpine cheese to pair with the “smoky aroma” of a good scotch. “The earthiness of the cheese stands up to the smokiness of the scotch” and “the two seem like good friends with strong personalities who complement each other. They do mellow each other out a bit, but not as much that you can’t enjoy the strength of their flavors.”

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“Freshly made guacamole is great snack to have at a party,” says Nate Fishman, brand ambassador for Santera Tequila. “Guacamole has the brightness of fresh cilantro and spice of jalapeño. Those flavors pair with Santera Blanco’s citrus and herbal notes, enjoyed either neat of in a margarita. >> Guacamole and chips is a favorite dish the world over as evidenced by the four billion avocados sold globally each year .

Corporate Executive Chef Brad Warner of Bodega Negra in New York, likes pairing mezcal with Mexican food.

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>> Mole is a spicy food tradition in Mexico.

“Añejo is my favorite way to end a meal,” he continues. “So naturally I would put it with a dessert. Cinnamon sugar pita chips are easy to heat up in the oven. I put Nutella on the side as a dipping sauce. The toasted cinnamon notes of the chips work great with the similar flavor of Santera Añejo. The extra aging of the tequila has its own notes of baked spices to make for a great dessert type snack/drink combo.”

Not surprisingly, Camilo Valasquez, founder and CEO of The Baconer, loves pairing spirits with bacon. “Bourbon and bacon are my two favorite food groups on the planet,” he says. “If I’m ever stranded on a desert island, B&B are hands down what I’m bringing with me, scurvy be damned! Bourbon pairs best with foods that are sweet, smoky or rich in luscious fats, and bacon just so happens to be all three. The result? A sweet-salty-smoky flavor meld that is so much more than its individual parts. Each ingredient balances the other, teasing out complex caramel and spice tones with a smoky soul-satisfying finish.”

“Mezcal pairs exceptionally well with many Mexican dishes, but one of my favorite combinations is with mole, a collection of classic Mexican sauces. Moles are mostly comprised of roasted chiles, nuts, seeds and charred vegetables pureed into a smooth, deeply flavored sauce. They can be used to top enchiladas, as a sauce or braising liquid for meats and vegetables — or an accompaniment to empanadas, sopes, among others! I personally enjoy a glass of Clase Azul Mezcal neat with a dish like Bodega Negra’s Carne Asada with Mole Coloradito. The smoky, nutty, and honeyed tones of the mezcal work well with the strongly toasted, and mildly spicy flavors in the Mole Coloradito and it balances the richness of the Ancho Rubbed grilled New York strip steak. These are also fairly simple items the at-home chef can make and will allow people to get creative with the types of Mezcal drinks.”

Elisa Jordan is writer in Southern California. Her favorite pairing is a classic margarita with guacamole and taquitos.

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>> Matcha Cheesecake is a wonderous dessert that all foodies should be encouraged to sample.

Ingredients: • 2 oz. bourbon • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Makiyo Masa, founder of Dekanta, likes pairing Japanese whisky with matcha cheesecake.

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“This whisky is full of fresh tropical fruit and thick, oaky honey on the nose, allowing it to harmonize with the richness of the cheesecake and the grassy, slightly nutty and citrus tones of matcha. The butter from the biscuit melts onto your palate, mixing with the light cereal notes and bringing a gentle saltiness that tops off your meal in style.”

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For the swizzle • Maple Sugar Small Batch Bacon Strips • 1/2 cup brown sugar • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper • 1/2 tsp cayenne Directions: 1. Lay the bacon strips on a foil-lined baking sheet, and use a rack if you have it. 2. Combine brown sugar, cayenne, and black pepper, and rub all over the bacon strips. 3. Bake at 400F for about 20 minutes. 4. Remove from oven and let cool until stiff and candied surface has hardened. 5. While the bacon swizzle is cooling, stir together bourbon, bitters and maple syrup. Add ice to your glass of choice, and pour over the cocktail mixture and stir until properly chilled. 6. Garnish with the twist and swizzle.

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SAM HEUGHAN THE ACTOR’S

RUNAWAY CAREER AND

WHISKY RIDE by Joe Bosso portraits by John Russo

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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. Viewers don’t watch the show passively; they devour it in repeated and sometimes unbroken binges with the same kind of fervor usually attributed to a series like Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad; they invade social media to dissect the tiniest detail of any given narrative; they snap up Outlander-related merchandise by the truckload. And to be sure, Heughan is front and center of the hoopla. His every move seems to be traced online by legions of fans who call themselves “Heughligans,” and his autograph appearances at Comic Cons are instant sell-outs, eliciting swoons and screams from selfie-seeking devotees. “Sometimes I feel as though I’m on a runaway train,” Heughan says while sipping a Bloody Mary inside the bar of Manhattan’s Beekman Hotel. Dressed casually and with his tightly cropped blondish hair a stark contrast to Jamie Frasier’s unruly ginger locks, he’s doing his best to appear unassuming and low-profile; nonetheless, he exudes a high-wattage glow exclusive to megastars, drawing more than occasional stares from New Yorkers usually fatigued by celebrities in their midst. “It’s unbelievable what’s happening, and I’m trying to do as much as I can with the opportunities that are afforded me.” He laughs, then adds, “But believe me, I’m realistic. I’m prepared for all of this to come crumbling down any minute.” Heughan’s modesty doesn’t ring false, and it’s no doubt due in large part to the fact that his career didn’t achieve true lift-off until he was into his thirties. “I put in my time,” he says. “I was a jobbing actor. I did theater and bit parts in British dramas. I came to America a few times, and I tested for big shows and movies, but I never quite made it.” During one U.S. pilot season that proved fruitless, he returned to the U.K. and considered bagging it altogether. “I was penniless and thought I’d just go work in a bar, but then the Outlander audition came up, and the rest is history.” Two years ago, Heughan earned strong notices for a supporting role to Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon in the black comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me. This year, he’s stretching out even more, appearing alongside Vin Diesel in the comic book actioner Bloodshot, taking the lead in the upcoming suspense thriller SAS: Red Notice, and in a surprising turn, he’s portraying Paul Newman in the Roald Dahl-Patricia Neal biopic, An Unquiet Life. Lately, Heughan has been heating up online polls while keeping U.K bookies busy regarding one particular possible role. “Oh, yes – Bond,” he says with a good-natured chuckle. “Let’s take that with a big grain of salt. It’s flattering, of course, but I think it’s part of the ‘Outlander effect’ – people started voting in polls.” He thinks, then leans in. “I mean, look, it would be brilliant if it were to happen. Aside from Sean Connery, no other Scot has played the part, so that would be amazing. Funnily enough, I did audition for it a while back. For Bond 21, they were considering going young, so I read for it. They had the golden gun on the table, which was pretty cool. Were anything to ever happen in the future…we’ll see.” Whether or not the Bond call comes, Heughan’s dance card is full for the foreseeable future. Along with assuming a production role on Outlander, he’s developing film and TV projects, and he’s even launched a whisky brand called “The Sassenach” through his own Great Glen Company, which promotes authentic Scottish products. (Loyal Outlander viewers will recognize “Sassenach” as the pet name Jamie Fraser, a sometime bootlegger and moonshiner, bestowed upon his wife, Claire, portrayed by Caitriona Balfe.) “I’m very excited about The Sassenach,” Heughan notes. “I have a longtime passion for whisky, so it’s great to be able to share that with people. But it’s also part of how I’m trying to handle this time in my life. I’m not waiting for things to come to me; I want to be active and lay down a strong foundation. You wait a long time for a moment like this, and you have to make the most of it.”

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THE INTERVIEW Growing up, did acting always interest you? I was kind of into sports, but not in a major way. I fell in love with acting early and joined a youth theater. I was an extra for a long time, and I’d stand in the wings and watch the other actors, just marveling at what they did. That magic hit me right off and never left.

Were there any actors who influenced you as you were coming up? It was never people in film and TV – that was a different world. I was really taken by local Scottish actors on stage. I remember I was working at a theater as a stagehand, and I was carrying this big piece of decking; only I was so caught up in watching the actors that I dropped the decking on another stagehand’s hand, and he had to go to the hospital. I realized then that I had to try to make my place on the stage, acting alongside these people who mesmerized me. [Laughs]

How would you describe your acting training? Traditional Shakespearean? Method? I went to what is now the Royal Conservatory of Scotland. A lot of it was classical Stanislavski-based training, but they covered everything. I was very lucky: I got a part in a play at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, which then transferred to the Royal Court in London, and for me that was a big learning curve. It was great to be on stage every day in something successful, learning my craft and figuring out what worked and what didn’t. I got my wonderful agent, and things began to take shape.

I THINK I’M AN INSTINCTIVE ACTOR. SOME ACTORS TAKE THINGS APART VERY METHODICALLY, BUT I KIND OF RESPOND TO THE MOMENT. I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE I’M

MAKING IT Were you a natural at acting? I was terrible at first. I’m still terrible! [Laughs] But it’s like anything – you’re learning every day. I think I’m an instinctive actor. Some actors take things apart very methodically, but I kind of respond to the moment. I always feel like I’m making it up as I go.

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Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Television. >> Co-stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe in character as Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall in Outlander.

JAMIE IS ACTUALLY QUITE FORWARD THINKING, AND THE CHARACTER OF CLAIRE BRINGS HIM ALONG. HE ALSO EDUCATES HER IN HIS OWN WAY – “THESE ARE THE MORAL CODES OF THIS TIME.” HE’S OPEN TO THINGS. HE’S A MAN OF HONOR AND A MAN OF HIS WORD. FOR ME, THAT’S QUITE REMARKABLE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS DAY AND AGE.

Outlander has a massive audience, but it’s no secret that you have a sizable number of female fans. Does that kind of adoration ever get to be too much? It is pretty intense. [Laughs] I think we have to be careful with objectification, and that holds true equally for male and female actors. I think the fans love Jamie Fraser, so it has less to do with me than it does this amazing character that [Outlander author] Diana Gabaldon created. I’m just happy to bring that character to life. In truth, I don’t think it’s me that fans are objectifying; they’re responding to Jamie. I think everybody wants to be married to him.

I’m curious how you got inside Jamie Fraser’s head. You’re a man of your time, and he’s very much a man of his time. How did you inhabit his philosophy? There was so much material for me to utilize in Diana’s books. She’s a great source of information, and I can always go to her if I need some perspective. Jamie is actually quite forward thinking, and the character of Claire brings him along. He also educates her in his own way – “These are the moral codes of this time.” He’s open to things. He’s a man of honor and a man of his word. For me, that’s quite remarkable, especially in this day and age. There were also certain physical and character aspects I had to get down, and some things I’d never done before, such as horse riding and speaking Gaelic. I went to boot camp for both, and there was a very fast learning curve because we had to start shooting. Sometimes actors cheat a bit, but there was no getting off easy on this stuff. Jamie Fraser rides horses; he speaks Gaelic as his first language. I had to be authentic.

In addition to horse riding, you do a lot of physical work on the show – fight scenes and swashbuckling. Where do producers draw the line on which stunts you can’t do? They try to draw the line. [Laughs] We have an incredible stunt team, and we have doubles for pretty much everybody should they be needed. They do some of the horse riding, but usually that’s because we’re needed somewhere else. I do the majority of my riding and the fight scenes. It’s during the downtime when the producers get upset. We’re not supposed to go skiing or skydiving or stuff like that. Sam Heughan was styled by Monty Jackson for C&S Magazine. Leather jacket by Matchless Leather.

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>> The coupling of Sam Heughan’s Jamie Frazer and co-star Caitriona Balfe’s Claire Randall is the epitome of television romance and regality.

WE DON’T NEED A REASON TO CELEBRATE. BUT HERE ARE THREE GOOD ONES.

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You’re into motorcycles, aren’t you? I am. They don’t like that, either. They turn a blind eye. [Laughs]

Let’s talk a little more about your film work. Last year, you did a comedy turn in The Spy Who Dumped Me. Me. That was fantastic. It was my first Hollywood movie, my first real comedy. I got to work with such amazing people.

Kate McKinnon – she can do anything. Anything. I mean, when we were shooting in Budapest, she taught herself Hungarian.

As one does. As one does – exactly. [Laughs] In almost two weeks, she was speaking fluent Hungarian. It was unbelievable. I put a lot of pressure on myself when we were doing that. I had a few offers, and I intentionally went after something that was as far away from Outlander as I could get. No period stuff or ginger wigs. [Laughs] That’s what I’m trying to do in the rest of my downtime.

This year, you’ve got Bloodshot with Vin Diesel, and you’re the lead in SAS: Red Notice. Notice. Right. I’m really happy with both. Bloodshot is a dark comic book movie, but nothing like Marvel or DC. It’s from the Valiant publishing house. They deal with human beings; there are no superheroes, although they’ve had some technological enhancements. I play a paraplegic who lost his legs in a war,

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and he’s been enhanced. It’s a really cool part. And I’m pretty excited about SAS. It’s based on a man named Andy McNab, who is the most decorated special forces soldier in the U.K. He’s a novelist now, and this is the first of his books to be made into a series. With any luck, that could be a franchise.

Is the plan to balance big budget pictures with indie films? It depends on the project. Like the film I just did in which I’m playing Paul Newman – that drew me right in. Growing up, I was a big fan of Roald Dahl, and I loved his stories. The film deals with him and his wife, Patricia Neal, losing their daughter. During that time, he was writing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and she did the film HUD with Paul Newman. Playing him was quite a challenge. You could spend a lifetime researching him. I’ve seen a lot of his movies and spent a fair amount of time playing pool. It’s funny, because I don’t think I look like him, but I tried to capture his essence.

I understand you enjoy a good cigar. I am a cigar guy, yes. I really enjoy them. I like Romeo y Julieta and Partagas. I love a good Churchill. I like to have a cigar during downtime when I’m relaxing, generally with a whisky. When I was in South Africa, I smoked a lot of cigars. They had some really nice selections down there – great whiskies, too. In the last few years, I started getting into cigars with a friend of mine. I generally don’t go for the really strong cigars, but give me something mellow and I’ll be quite happy. It’s a nice, fun experience. And I’m seeing a lot more women getting into cigars – that’s pretty interesting.

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THE FUNNY THING IS, I GOT INTO WHISKY WHEN I LEFT SCOTLAND AND MOVED TO LONDON. I REMEMBER BEING QUITE HOMESICK, AND I WENT TO A BAR WITH A FRIEND AND ORDERED A DALWHINNIE. IT WAS REMARKABLE, BECAUSE I GOT QUITE EMOTIONAL, LIKE, “OH, MY GOD. THIS IS SO GOOD!” Scots and whisky – do the two just go together? Like you’re given it right when you’re born? [Laughs] That’s not too far off. Some people do put whisky on babies’ gums when they’re teething; it can help soothe them to sleep. I think my mom might have given me some when I was young. It’s part of our culture and heritage, and I do believe there are medicinal purposes to it. There’s something magical about it. We call it the ‘water of life’ – that’s the translation from Gaelic. The funny thing is, I got into whisky when I left Scotland and moved to London. I remember being quite homesick, and I went to a bar with a friend and ordered a Dalwhinnie. It was remarkable, because I got quite emotional, like, “Oh, my God. This is so good!” From then on, I was hooked, and that’s what brought me to my own whisky, The Sassenach – the spirit of home. That’s something I wanted people to experience when they drink it. It transports you to Scotland.

As opposed to some stars who merely attach their names to a product, you’re very involved in the creation of The Sassenach. Every step of the way. I wasn’t just ‘white labeling’ something; I wanted to create something I was proud of. It’s independently financed, so we’re small. The first edition is going to be 10,000 bottles. From the very idea to the blending to the bottle and the label, I was involved the whole time. It’s very time-consuming: I would be on the set somewhere, and people would be, “Why are you on your phone all the time?” And I would be doing something with the whisky. There’s a lot that goes into this.

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I read that your plan was to “update” the flavor of Scottish whisky. What does that mean exactly? It’s a stronger blend than a lot of your High Street whiskies. It’s bold and full of character. It feels very Scottish, but at the same time it’s not stuck in the old culture. This isn’t your dusty old bottle kind of thing. We wanted it to feel accessible to younger people who might not even be into whisky yet, so from the taste to the design of the bottle, we were very forward thinking.

CIGAR OF THE DAY

Cigar & Spirits Magazine selected the Sweet Jane Dia de los Muertos Maduro made by Drew Estate for the photo session with Sam Heughan. The sweet and earthy tasting notes and aromas paired up perfectly with Sam’s newly-launched Sassenach Blended Scotch Whisky. The combination was abundantly enjoyed throughout the day.

>> The Sassenach was awarded Double Gold at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

The bottle is very elegant. It looks like a decanter. That was the idea. I wanted something very eye-catching.

How about a gin? It’s in the idea stage right now. We’re talking about it. We do have someone we want to work with, but there’s something else we want to go for first. We’ll see. Whatever I do, I want to put in the same kind of time and dedication. I don’t want to do anything if I can’t be proud of it and stand behind it 100 percent.

New Jersey native Joe Bosso is obsessed with movies of the ‘70s, music of the ‘60s and cigars of any vintage. A graduate of NYU film school, Joe has written for TV shows you definitely know (like The Sopranos) and a few you might have missed. He spent 10 years in the record business and actually got to see a rock star trash a hotel room (identity withheld because, well, you know...)

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El Artista: Artfully Crafted in the Dominican Republic since 1956 We teamed up with David “Big Papi” Ortiz to bring to life a Dominican Dream Team of exceptional tobaccos from Ecuador, Dominica, and Nicaragua. Blended by our master artists for a smoking experience as unique and impressive as Ortiz.

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5.6 x 46 Corona Wrapper: Habano CIGARS ALECEcuador BRADLEY Binder: Dominican CONNECTICUT Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan 7 x 50 Full-bodied Churchill Strength:

Wrapper: Connecticut

Tasting Notes: Dried fruit, Turkish figs, coffee bean, cinnamon, and smoky spice. Binder: Honduran

Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan Tasting Notes: This Churchill is an attractive-looking cigar with a three-seam cap. Its smoke shows nutty

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AVO and spicy impressions alongside touches of citrus and sweet wood. The long finish features delicious hints 30ofYEAR COLLECTION MADURO caramel. 5 x 50 Robusto Wrapper: Broadleaf Connecticut Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic

Tasting Notes: A rich, sweet, and creamy blend, the Avo Maduro is an ode to 30 years of their core product lines.

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BALMORAL AÑEJO XO OSCURO ROTHSCHILD MASIVO 4.25 x 42 Petite Corona

5 xWrapper: Aged 55 Rothschild Masivo Sumatra Bezuki Wrapper: Sun-Grown, Stalk-Cut Mexican San Andrés Binder: Piloto Cubano Binder: Dominican Olor Filler: Criollo 92 Nicaraguan (Jalapa) and Exclusive, Stalk-Cut Brazilian Mata Norte Filler: Dominican Olor,

Tasting Notes: This with Petite Corona a medium toAñejo dark XO Sumatra wrapper. It starts off with athat medium and Tasting Notes: Crowned a San Andréshas wrapper, Balmoral Oscuro provides a truly rich experience balanced becomes complex as accents of hickory bourbon emerge. The finish is pure embraces yourtaste. palateItwith complex more notes of dark chocolate, espresso and blackand pepper that finish with a smooth, Dominican Criollo, darker and smoother than at the beginning. underlying natural sweetness.

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5.5 x 50 Ovación Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Jalapa) Binder: Nicaraguan (Estelí) BALMORAL Filler: Nicaraguan and Exclusive Stalk-Cut Brazilian Mata Norte

AÑEJO XO OSCURO

Tasting Notes: notes of cacao, dry nuts and black pepper are evident on the palate. This figurado finishes 6 x 52 GranHarmonious Toro with floral tones and a hint of smooth molasses. An elegant and complex cigar. Wrapper: Sun-Grown,

Stalk-Cut Mexican San Andrés Binder: Dominican Olor Filler: Dominican Olor, CALDWELL CIGAR CO.Nicaragua (Jalapa) and Exclusive, Brazilian Mata Norte. LAStalk-Cut BARBA PURPLE

6.75 x 46 Tasting Notes: A luxurious rich experience with complex notes of dark chocolate, espresso and black Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano pepper that finish with a smooth, underlying natural sweetness. Binder: Habano Filler: Dominican Carbonell, Dom HVA, Nicaraguan Criollo Tasting Notes: It’s sweet, floral and elegant. A medium boy with milk chocolate and a little chili pepper spice.

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4.2 x 42 Wrapper: Nicaraguan Binder: Sumatran Filler: Panamanian, Honduran Tasting Notes: This little Punk offers a unique and satisfying array of flavors. They greet your palate with spice, pepper and peaty undertones finish the ensemble. There’s a long dry finish, and slow burn. The Black Market Punk is a great burner.

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50 x 4.5 Rothschild 50 x 4.5 Rothschild Wrapper: Honduran Wrapper: Honduran Binder: Honduran Binder: Honduran Filler: Honduran

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Tasting Notes: This medium to high intensity cigar features a leather, pepper, coffee, and oak flavor profile.

Tasting Notes: This medium to high intensity cigar features a leather, pepper, coffee, and oak flavor profile.

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5 x 52 Robusto Judge Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan

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CASA CUEVAS RESERVA NATURAL 6 x 50 Toro Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Havana Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, USA Tasting Notes: This is a tasty and smooth cigar with an abundance of woodsy and earthy flavors.

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6 x 54 Vitola Wrapper: Ecuadorian, Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Condega Tasting Notes: Sophisticated and creamy with refined notes of white chocolate and creme brûlée, with a kick of pepper and cinnamon.

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DAVIDOFF WINSTON CHURCHILL LIMITED EDITION 2016 THE RACONTEUR 6 x 56 Gran Toro Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000 Binder: Mexican San Andrés Negro Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan Tasting Notes: Just shy of full strength, The Raconteur offers an instant creaminess followed by pepper, roasted nuts, oak wood, and hints of leather.

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DIESEL CIGAR DELIRIUM 2020 LIMITED EDITION 6 x 52 Toro Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero and Ometepe Tasting Notes: This is a collaboration between Diesel Senior Brand Manager Justin Andres and AJ Fernandez. It’s the boldest Diesel to date. Delirium is a peppery smoke that delivers an abundance of spices, with hints of nuts and a touch of nougat on the palate.

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DREW ESTATE CIGARS THE THREE YUMMY BITCHES 5 x 46 Sweet Jane Corona Wrapper: Maduro Binder: Proprietary Filler: Proprietary Tasting Notes: Sweet Jane is flavorful, sweet and bold. It’s encased in a Maduro wrapper, and blended with aromatic and exotic tobaccos that draw out the natural sweetness of the cigar. It consistently delivers waves of delicious flavor. 

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DREW ESTATE CIGARS UNDERCROWN CORONA PEQUEÑA MADURO 4 x 44 Petite Corona Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro Binder: Connecticut Stalk Cut, Sun-cured Habano Filler: Brazilian, Nicaraguan Tasting Notes: Corona Pequeña’s are short and squat flavor bombs that sit between the tin size and the robusto in the Undercrown brand family. This cigar is stellar in both taste and trade dress.

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EL SEPTIMO CIGARS BOMBA ORANGE THE LUXUS COLLECTION 6 x 60 Wrapper: Oily and dark Binder: Proprietary Filler: Proprietary Tasting Notes: This Bomba Orange is aged more than 15 years. It has a smooth and leathery texture with subtle flavors on the palate, and refined aromas with velvety smoke. It’s a relaxing cigar with floral high-notes and blends of roasted pine nuts and white chocolate.

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ESTEBAN CARRERAS CIGARS UNFORGIVEN 6 x 52 Toro Grande Wrapper: Barrel-aged dark Sumatran Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Tasting Notes: Rich blend of wood, leather, coffee bean and spices, backed by a slight smoky sweetness from being in 18-year-old rum barrels.

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FALTO CIGARS ZORAIDA 6.5 x 54 Salomon Wrapper: Dominican Corojo Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Tasting Notes: The Zoraida is a formidable yet refined cigar. It’s elegantly balanced with touches of creaminess and zest. There are evident notes of roasted coffee. It’s extremely enjoyable from start to finish. It’s certainly a first-rate Falto creation.

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FRATELLO CIGARS FRATELLO ORO 5.5 x 47 Corona Wrapper: Ecuadorian, Connecticut Binder: African Cameroon Filler: Columbian, Dominican, Nicaraguan Tasting Notes: The Fratello Oro is a mild to medium cigar. The creaminess, dry fruit and subtle pepper from the Dominican Ligero bounces right off the sweetness of the Cameroon binder. A very handsome and luxurious cigar.

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GRAN HABANO COROJO NO. 5 MADURO LIMITADO 6 x 54 Gran Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro Binder: Habano Filler: Nicaraguan, Costa Rican Tasting Notes: This is a full cigar with bold flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts and earth. The notes of spice complement the dark tobacco, and makes for an enjoyable smoking experience.

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GRAN HABANO HABANO #3 5 x 52 Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Habano Filler: Nicaraguan, Mexican, Costa Rican Tasting Notes: This Gran Habano is rich, complex and unique with a hearty combination of coffee and spice flavors. It has hints of nutty smoothness with a long-lasting finish on the palate.

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GURKHA CIGARS BLACK DRAGON TUBOS 7.5 x 52 Wrapper: USA Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Cameroon Filler: Dominican

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GURKHA CIGARS EVIL 6.5 x 53 Torpedo Wrapper: Brazilian Binder: Dominican Filler: Nicaraguan Tasting Notes: The Evil is a medium to full cigar with notes of wood and earth. There’s a presence of pepper that leads into a sweet cedar finish.

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J.C. NEWMAN CIGAR COMPANY BRICK HOUSE MIGHTY MIGHTY MADURO 6.5 x 60 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Tasting Notes: The flavors are strong and earthy. It’s a dark, attractive cigar with a salt and pepper quality that becomes lighter and floral as you smoke it through. The finish is bready with a hint of caramel.

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J.C. NEWMAN CIGAR COMPANY CUESTA-REY CENTRO FINO NO. 60 6 x 50 Toro Wrapper: Ecuadorian Centro Fino Sungrown Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Tasting Notes: This Cuesta-Rey Centenario is a bit of a stronger addition to the collection. It’s a veiny cigar, but smooth in texture. It has a heady aroma and medium to full flavors including wood, smooth maple and an earthy finish. The wrapper comes from the stalk or Centro Fino portion of the plant. This results in a cigar that is quite smooth and pleasant.

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J.C. NEWMAN CIGAR COMPANY DIAMOND CROWN CLASSIC NO. 1 8.5 x 54 Double Corona Wrapper: Connecticut Shade Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican

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Tasting Notes: This Classic is a huge, golden-hued cigar with an attractive wrapper. It’s very creamy and HOYO with some sweetness on the palate and hints of oats and coconut. LA AMISTADcedary, BLACK

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Tasting Notes: Notes of cinnamon, leather and hot sauce deliver the quintessential power and spice of an A.J. Fernandez blend, while giving a nod to the bold and flavorful tradition of Hoyo cigars.

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Binder: Nicaraguan Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium to Full-bodied Tasting Notes: This La Aroma is a medium to full cigar with tastes of earth, black pepper, espresso and Tasting Notes: Earth, black pepper, espresso, dark chocolate. dark chocolate.

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5.75 x 54 Toro LA AURORA Wrapper: Ecuadorian Binder: Brazilian UNTAMED Filler: Cibao Valley 5 x (Dominican), 50 Robusto Nicaraguan and Brazilian CIGAR RATING Broadleaf Tasting Notes:Wrapper: Connecticut An almost bold cigar with a predominance of spicy black pepper notes that give way to more complex and delicate flavors.Binder: Dominican The presence of wood is evident throughout the smoke, but it is enriched with nuances of cinnamon, nuts Nicaraguan and even citrusFiller: Dominican, tips. Its finish is powerful and creamy.

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Tasting Notes: A potent, oily Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper conceals hearty long-fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua in the Untamed. There’s black pepper to greet you from the start with cocoa and subtle citrus overtones as well. It’s balanced with spot-on construction and a firm ash is another DOMINICANA strong feature.

5 x 40 Petite Wrapper: Brazilian, Cuban Binder: Mexican San Andrés Filler: Dominican

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Tasting Notes: Dark in appearance and in flavor, La Nox features a sweet Brazilian Maduro wrapper, a San Andrés binder and a blend of Dominican Piloto and Pelo de Oro fillers. Its smooth smoke and rich flavor were crafted for elegance and power.

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6 x 60 Gordo Magnifico Wrapper: True Connecticut Shade Binder: Capote Cubano (Criollo 98) Filler: Seco CC (Criollo 98) Viso Piloto Cubano, Piloto Cubano Canela Criollo 98

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Tasting Notes: The characteristic Connecticut Shade at the start becomes bolder as the Piloto Cubano and Canela fillers overtake the milder aspects of the cigar. It generates more complex notes of cinnamon and coffee as you work your way through the cigar.

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Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Dominican Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Filler: Dominican Tasting Notes: Mild to medium well-balanced smoke. Woody and creamy enjoyable flavors and aromas. Tasting Notes: Mild to medium well-balanced smoke. Woody and creamy enjoyable flavors and aromas.

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5.5 x 52 Belicoso Fino (box pressed) Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Ometepe Medio Tiempo) Binder: Nicaraguan VEGAFINA Filler: Nicaraguan 1998 5 The 3/10Southern x 52 VF52 Tasting Notes: Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM box-pressed belicoso is a fine homage to the company’s fifth Wrapper: Ecuadorian CIGAR RATING anniversary. It’s an expertly-constructed Nicaraguan puro highlighted by a medio tiempo habano wrapper over an Ometepe Indonesian binder—a veryBinder: smooth Java and tasty cigar. Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Columbian

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QUESADA QUESADA CIGARS CIGARS FONSECA CLASSIC FONSECA CLASSIC 5 x 50

Tasting Notes: This robusto is a medium to full cigar, and features expertly crafted box-pressed construction. It’s inspired by the African Savana and all its beauty. It has a silky-smooth draw that has notes of exotic spice, cedar, roasted nuts and leather.

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7 x 37 Panatela Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican

Tasting Notes: The Knuckle Buster is a medium cigar made with Habano-seed tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Honduras. They’ve been precisely blended to balance flavor, strength and complexity. This cigar gets better and better as you smoke it through.

Tasting Notes: The Porthole is a medium cigar with hints of dark sweet cocoa and elegant spices. It’s easy draw leads to pleasant amounts of aromatic smoke. It’s a highly enjoyable cigar experience.

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PUNCH CHOP SUEY LIMITED EDITION

Tasting Notes: The Chop Suey is a mild to medium cigar, and handmade at General Cigar Dominicana in Santiago. You have to love the shaggy foot. It features notes of white pepper, leather and cedar that leads into notes of caramel and spice on the finish. The inside of the band features a fortune courtesy of Mr. Punch. Very cool.

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6 x 52 Toro Wrapper: Ecuadorian, Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Habano Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican Tasting Notes: This thoughtfully blended Micallef is not your average Connecticut. It’s medium strength with full Connecticut signature flavor. It builds in richness and complexity with a variety of nutty flavors that are enhanced by its creamy and balanced nature.

Tasting Notes: This Airbender is a very smooth cigar. It has a sweetness that surrounds red pepper, and earthy flavors that leads you into warm coffee notes and has a hint of whiskey on the finish.

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Tasting Notes: The VF52 is a mild to medium cigar with an excellent draw. There’s an abundance of woody and roasted nuts that lead into mild salty and spicy hints and sweet nuances of mellow fruit, notes of almonds, white SOUTHERN DRAW pepper, vanilla, coffee and molasses.

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MSRP: $142 | ABV: 61.8% This 2020 features rich chestnut, dried cranberry and raisin fruit spiced with sandalwood, clove, aged leather and a hint of spearmint. There’s a dusting of cocoa and dark chocolate that adds to its deep character. There’s a rich raisin and brown sugar sweetness balanced with a spicy leather character atop a rich layer of oak, almond and cedar wood notes. It leads to a long finish of raisin fruit with malty sweetness.

MSRP: $30 | ABV: 40% New Zealand Vodka is a blend of waters and whey distillate with no additives or sweeteners. It’s certified naturally gluten-free and GMO-free. It’s made with only two ingredients to ensure its balance and smoothness. There are notes are of vanilla, followed by the natural sweetness from the minerals in the water with hints of butterscotch, ending with a subtle pepper taste to give a smooth warm finish.

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MSRP: $45 | ABV: 40% This tequila is aged six to ten months in New American White Oak Barrels, which preserve the characteristics of cooked sweet agave and butter. The flavor notes have hints of almond and vanilla with a taste profile that is smooth and aromatic.

MSRP: $24.99 | ABV: 40% Wolf Moon is a new straight bourbon whiskey born from the collaboration between ACM’s “Artist of the Decade” Jason Aldean and multi-platinum, award-winning duo Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line. It’s aged four years in new, charred American oak barrels. The aromas are of sweet fruit, rich oak, vanilla and leather. The flavors on the palate are caramel, sweet corn, honey and candied fruit with hints of oak and spice.

TINCUP MOUNTAIN WHISKEY TINCUP RYE MSRP: $30 | ABV: 45% This spirit is a straight rye whiskey with notes of sweet vanilla, fresh tobacco and caramel. It’s distilled and aged for three years before being cut to proof with Rocky Mountain water. It’s been crafted to honor the original rye recipes that were enjoyed by settlers and miners in Gunnison County.

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MSRP: $43 | ABV: 40% The Reserva Exclusiva is made mainly from sugar cane honeys and molasses in a smaller portion. The spirit is distilled in pot stills, batch kettle and columns. The rum is aged for up to 12 years in American white oak, ex-bourbon and ex-malt whiskey barrels. This results in rich aromas and complex notes of orange peel, maple syrup and licorice. It’s sweet on the palate, with toffee fudge notes and a long-lasting seductive finish.

MSRP: $40 | ABV: 45% A unique blend of two mash bills of rye and malted barley, the spirit is barreled at 120 proof and bottled at 90 proof. There’s a minimum age statement of three years and this rye is the newest addition to Traverse’s whiskey line-up. It’s a unique blend of rye whiskies, and gives off a classic spice on the taste buds and leaves a smooth, buttery finish.

MSRP: $50 | ABV: 43% This gin is triple distilled and handcrafted in a copper pot still in small batches. It’s distilled with 11 botanicals (eight of which are unique to India) including coriander, vetiver, sweet orange peel, cubeb berries, lemongrass, darjeeling green tea, lemon peel, angelica root and licorice caraway seeds. The finish is full-bodied with woody and earthy notes from the angelica root and licorice.

BARRELL BOURBON CRAFT SPIRITS BATCH 023 MSRP: $90 | ABV: 53.89 % Tastes of cinnamon donuts lead into earthy notes of walnut, leather and fallen leaves. It’s subtle and fruity, with hints of white currant and honeydew melon. There are evident spices of angelica, cat-nip and black licorice. As it fades, it softens to leather, orange peel and apple blossom.

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TANTEO JALAPEÑO TEQUILA MSRP: $40 | ABV: 40% This Tanteo expression is made from fair trade, 100% Blue Weber agave, then distilled utilizing traditional cooking methods and open-air fermentation. This spicy tequila has freshly picked peppers that are infused into the handcrafted, over-proof blanco tequila, with careful consideration for both the age and heat intensity of the peppers. It has vibrant, complex pepper flavors that are complemented by the base tequila’s subtle minerality with agave sweetness.

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CASA NOBLE REPOSADO MSRP: $60 I ABV: 40% Aromas of vanilla, lemongrass, and floral notes are balanced with flavors of sweet cooked agave and toasted oak. Aged for 364 days in French white oak barrels.

BACARDÍ RESERVA OCHO MSRP: $30 | ABV: 40% The Reserva Ocho was created in 1862 and barrel-aged for a minimum of 8 years with a rich, velvety body that has a distinctive, refined flavor with notes of prune, apricot, nutmeg and vanilla. It’s versatile, enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in an Ocho Old Fashioned.

BACARDÍ GRAN RESERVA DIEZ MSRP: $40 | ABV: 40% This master blender’s reserve is barrel-aged for a minimum of 10 years, with bright notes of stone fruits, banana and pear. It’s balanced with caramelized vanilla and oak, and best served neat or on the rocks.

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SANTO TEQUILA BLANCO MSRP: $40 | ABV: 40% Santo Spirits is a collaboration between longtime friends; Rock Legend and Spirits Entrepreneur, Sammy Hagar and Emmy Award-Winning, Chef Guy Fieri. It’s an edgy, smooth, unaged (white), “old world” style tequila blanco that’s made with 100% Blue Weber agave. Its featured flavors are earthy, clean and crisp. It finishes with citrus, white pepper, spice, floral notes and leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

GOLDEN STATE DISTILLERY GRAY WHALE GIN MSRP: $40 | ABV: 43% Gray Whale Gin is complex with notes of juniper, lime, fir trees, sea kelp, mint and almonds. It’s distilled seven times from a gluten free corn base that lets the wild foraged and organically farmed botanicals shine. Fresh fir needles and hand zested citrus are placed into a vapor extraction bag inside the copper-pot-still helmet, hovering above the base spirit. These rich flavors cool and condense, then rest for 48 hours until bottled and sealed with a 100% biodegradable cork.

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MSRP: $25 | ABV: 40% Island Rum is uniquely made from cane juice, not molasses. The spirit has mild cachaca notes with a coal and woody oil presence on the nose, and has a complicated mix of lemon notes, almond paste and black pepper on the palate.

MSRP: $50 | ABV: 38% This is a mild tequila with strong character, and has a golden yellow color with brilliant light flashes. The agave is cooked with refreshing grapefruit and lime citrus aroma notes, and there are lingering flavors evoking vanilla and wood tones.

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RONES MEXICANOS EL RON PROHIBIDO 15 GRAN RESERVA RUM

MSRP: $45 | ABV: 45% This Cathead is a blended straight bourbon offering an elegant and balanced mouthfeel. It showcases notes of rose and dried cherry followed by toffee and baking spices. The rye spice and herbaceous notes appear mid-palate and leads into a rich earthy finish led by a lingering spice.

MSRP: $45 | ABV: 40% This El Ron is aged in barrels that have been toasted in a traditional way. It culminates in a rum with dry tones, both pleasant and aromatic. There are flavor notes of wood, pepper, nuts, chocolate, cane, vanilla, mint, coffee, almonds, walnut, oak, cinnamon, caramel and honey on the palate.

WILD TURKEY MASTER’S KEEP CORNERSTONE RYE MSRP: $175 | ABV: 54.5% This spirit is the fourth limited release in the award-winning Master’s Keep series, and the oldest rye released from the distillery. It’s aged between nine and eleven years. The palate is warm vanilla, black pepper and toasted rye. It’s a complex whiskey delivering flavors of honey and baked apple that gives way to a crisp and clean finish.

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LOS ARANGO TEQUILA REPOSADO MSRP: $53 | ABV: 40% This is a tequila that evokes soft notes with outstanding character. This reposado is a straw yellow tequila with intense tones in color. The aroma of cooked agave is highlighted by a light floral touch. The finish is a fusion of herbal notes, and cooked agave notes on the palate.

PROPER NO. TWELVE IRISH WHISKEY MSRP: $30 | ABV: 40% Proper No. Twelve represents UFC’s Conor McGregor’s foray into the spirits world. It’s a smooth blend of fine grain and single malt. The whiskey is aged in former bourbon barrels for a minimum of four years, and creates a rich and smooth complexity that has hints of vanilla, honey and toasted wood.

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HEADWIND VODKA MSRP: $22 | ABV: 40% Headwind Vodka is noted as a high-quality, gluten-free and corn-based grain spirit. It’s distilled six times and filtered through Pacific Northwest timber. This process creates a smooth, crisp and free of impurities sip of the Northwest.

EGAN’S LEGACY RESERVE II 16 YEAR OLD IRISH WHISKEY MSRP: $220 | ABV: 46% This distinct Egan’s is a single malt creamy Irish whiskey. It’s finished in Banyuls wine casks. It features aromas of malt and butter, a slight lemon citrus touch, with ginger, wood and spice notes in addition to black tea and sweet honey left on the palate.

ANGELS ENVY KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY FINISHED IN PORT WINE CASKS 2019 CASK STRENGTH MSRP: $199.99 | ABV: 61.2% This bourbon is deep and rich with a gorgeous amber color. It offers notes of honey, apple, butterscotch, toffee and mellow vanilla. It also has hints of oak and toast on the palate. The nose embraces scents of honeyed apple, peach, apricot and overripe banana. The medium-length finish includes pleasant tannin notes trailing into black tea.

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WHISTLEPIG X FLAVIAR CHEF’S BLEND 2019 12 YEAR OLD MSRP: $130 | ABV: 43% Four James Beard Award-nominated chefs; Michael Gulotta of MOPHO/ Maypop fame in New Orleans; Jamie Malone from Minneapolis’ stunning Grand Café; David Posey-one half of the dream team at Elske, Chicago; and Justin Woodward of Castagna in Portland; worked together at the WhistlePig Farm in Shoreham, Vermont to create WhistlePig X Flaviar Chef’s Blend. It has notes of plums, cherries and vanilla. There are gentle cinnamon aromatics on the nose. The palate is spicy, with pipe tobacco and honey up front, giving way to dark fruits, and has a wonderful velvety texture. The finish is long and fruity, with a fantastic burst of rye spice.

MAD MARCH HARE SMALL BATCH IRISH POITIN RECIPE NO. 27 MSRP: $25 | ABV: 40% There are evident notes of sugary sweet, honey candy and blueberries and lemon lime on the nose. The palate offers a sweet dried berry fruit, grain with a thick sweet syrup flavor on the finish.

JOSE CUERVO RESERVA DE LA FAMILA MSRP: $150 | ABV: 40% The dark amber hue of this fine reserva is an eye-catcher. The tastes and aromas feature warm hints of oak, almonds, apples, vanilla and cinnamon. The toasted almond finish is long and silky.

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Tiki Lovers

PANAMÁ PACIFIC RUM 23 YEARS MSRP: $65 | ABV: 42.3% This rum opens with aromas of vanilla, tannins and sugar. It tastes as if toasted in Irish butter that melds with coconut, banana and cherry-almond pastry. The palate presents a delicate caramel butter, before a bright warmth leading to rich wood, a little more cherry-almond, then crushed cacao nibs. The delicious dessert notes fade into wood in the finish.

TIKI LOVERS DARK RUM MSRP: $35 | ABV: 57% A complex, rich and masculine rum with hints of vanilla, dark fruit, molasses and spice. This Tiki clearly evokes flavors of the Caribbean Islands.

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Daughter of actress Andie MacDowell and former model Paul Qualley, Margaret Qualley got the movie-going public’s attention in 2019 in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Her portrayal of Pussycat, a member of the Manson Family who involves Brat Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth with the infamous cult, was noticed by fans and critics alike. Last year, she also played Ann Reinking in the award-winning TV mini-series Fosse/ Verdon. This year, you can see Qualley in My Salinger Year, with Sigourney Weaver.

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Timothée Chalamet You saw this young actor in the award-winning film Lady Bird (2014), and in Hostiles (2017) with Christian Bale. His role as Laurie Laurence in the recent Academy-Award nominated version of Little Women (2019) garnered him considerable attention and rave reviews from renowned critics like Peter

THIS YEAR GOT OFF TO A ROUGH START, but there’s still a lot of entertainment to look

Travers of Rolling Stone and Ann Hornaday of

forward to in 2020. The start of the decade has brought into view some up-and-coming talent in

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the film world, young directors and actors who are getting attention for the great work they’ve

>> We’re on the lookout for Chalamet as the lead in James Mangold’s upcoming biopic on Bob Dylan.

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upcoming films, included a biopic of Bob Dylan, directed by James Mangold.

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Tennessee-born screenwriter and director Dee Rees was working for Dr. Scholl’s—yes, the foot-care products company—when she

Rupert Goold was not well known to film audiences until he took on the job of directing Renee Zellweger in Judy, the 2019 award-winning biopic about the life of Judy Garland. Goold had an extensive background as an English theater director when he tackled his

discovered her love of film on the set of a television commercial. She went on to attend New York University film school, and studied

first film in 2015, True Story, starring James Franco

under Spike Lee. Her debut feature film, Pariah (2011), won an

and Jonah Hill. Having received accolades for Judy,

Independent Spirit Award, among other accolades. In 2017, she

which garnered an Academy Award for Zellweger,

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for Rees’ new film, The Last Thing He Wanted, adapted from a Joan

>> Goold’s direction of Rene Zellweger propelled the actress to an Oscar for Best Actress in 2019’s Judy.

Goold is now eager to direct more films. Keep an eye out for his name in future credits.

Didion novel, and starring Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck.

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Noah Jupe Brit Noah Jupe is only 15 years old and has already appeared on the silver screen in nine films, including

>> Esteban Arango on the set of Blast Beat.

the Academy Award nominated Ford vs Ferrari. Jupe has also appeared in a number of television shows, including the The Last Dragonslayer. His career success at such a young age is not too surprising when you consider his parents are in show business. His father is producer Chris Jupe and his mother is actress Katy Cavanagh. Jupe has a busy year coming >> Jupe has impressively appeared in nine films by the age of 15.

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>> Shipka proved she had the chops even as a young actor with her portrayal of Sally Draper in Mad Men.

up, with roles in the film A Quiet Place Part II, as well as the HBO miniseries The Undoing.

Kiernan Shipka Kiernan Shipka was only 8 years old when she started playing Sally Draper on the groundbreaking television series Mad Men. As part of the Mad Men cast, she received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama films: The Silence, where she played a hearingimpaired teenager, and Let It Snow, a romantic comedy. This year, she’s been cast in Swimming with Sharks, a series on Quibi, a new short-form mobile video platform.

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>> Bravo is among a formidable number of New York University arts graduates who’ve made their mark in Hollywood over decades.

Janicza Bravo

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Series. In 2019, she appeared in two feature

New Yorker Janicza Bravo spent part of her life growing up on an Army base in Panama. After attending New York University, where she studied directing and design for theater, Bravo began her career as a stylist and wardrobe designer. She moved to writing and directing short films, including her first Eat (2011), which opened at the SXSW Film Festival. This year, Bravo’s second feature film, Zola, debuted at Sundance. The tale of a stripper who takes a wild road trip to Florida, the film was based on a real-life Twitter thread, and drew rave directorial reviews for Bravo.

Esteban Arango Born in Bogota, Columbia, Esteban Arango came to the U.S. at the age of 14. His immigrant experience inspired him to direct the feature film Blast Beat, released earlier this year. Also co-written by Arango, Blast Beat is a coming-of-age story that follows two brothers who recently arrived in the U.S. from South America. According to Arango, the film defies the typical onscreen stereotypes of Columbian immigrants. Before Blast Beat, Arango directed a number of award-winning shorts, also focused on the lives of new Americans from Columbia.

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Aneurin Barnard Aneurin Barnard’s career is off to a fine start. Just to name a few films: Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, Steerforth with Dev Patel and Tilda Swinton and Radioactive, directed by Oscar nominee Marjane Satrapi. Barnard, who previously played Gibson in the Academy-Awarding winning Dunkirk (2017), had worked in Welsh theater before moving on

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to television and eventually film. Fans of Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch were anxious to see who 2019 film version of the story. With the selection of the Welsh actor, they were not disappointed. He recently worked on Barkskins opposite David Thewlis and Marcia Gay Harden. The television series is based on the novel by Pulitzer-winner Annie Proulx, and the show will air later >> New-Gen Hollywood’s Aneurin Barnard

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Shannon Murphy Australian actress and director Shannon Murphy turned heads with her feature-film directorial debut, Babyteeth (2019). Nominated for a number of international awards, Babyteeth showed Murphy to be a versatile director. Her previous credits included episodes of a number of Australian television series, and the third season of the BBC’s Killing Eve. Murphy is considering her next feature film project, and we’re looking forward to what’s on the horizon for this versatile actress and director.

>> 2019’s Babyteeth put this young actress and director on the Hollywood map.

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C&S >> An elegant table display featuring Zacapa XO.

>> The company’s distillery is appropriately located in Zacapa, Guatemala. The town in eastern Guatemala is near the Pacific Coast, and ideal for rum production. >> The unique Zacapa woven bottle known as petate connects the brand to the ancient Central American civilization.

ICONIC BRAND SPOTLIGHT

ZACAPA RUM

THE SPIRIT OF ’76 AND THEN SOME by Randy Mastronicola

was the inspiration for the creation of Zacapa Rum in 1976. Doctor and chemist Alejandro Burgaleta is credited with architecting the development of Ron Zacapa Centenario Rum. He crafted the rhum by perfecting the distillation and stabilization processes over a number of years. From its inception, the spirit has been lauded for

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The 100th Anniversary celebration of the town of Zacapa in eastern Guatemala

its ultra-smooth taste qualities. Zacapa is unique in that it’s aged at an altitude with natural coolness, which essentially eliminates evaporation. Zacapa has achieved a place in the hearts of rum enthusiasts ever since 1976 due to its complex flavors created from the brand’s unique aging process. The rum is finished in French oak barrels from Cognac. Zacapa’s rich layered notes of honeyed butterscotch, spiced oak and fruit are meant to be savored slowly, and brand fans have been championing the spirit as a superior “sipping rum” since 1976. Many enthusiasts enjoy it on the rocks, or in cocktail recipes as well. Uniquely, each bottle of Zacapa features a hand woven petate band around it. This is a continuation of a 3,000-year-old Mayan cultural tradition connecting the brand to the ancient Central American civilization. The creativity and heritage is timeless. The distinctive petate bands are handwoven by descendants of the Mayans in local communities. The work is an offering to link the earth and sky, the sun and moon, and the physical and spiritual realms.

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>> Zacapa’s Master Blender Lorena Vasquez has been with the company for 30 years. She selects American whiskey, sherry, Pedro Ximenez and French Oak barrels for the rum’s aging process as part of her craft.

HOUSE AD >> The barrels located at the Zacapa Warehouse in Guatemala create a rustic rum ambiance.

Zacapa has been worthy of icon status since it won first place in the premium rums category four years in a row at the International Rum Festival in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Thusly, it was the first rum to be included in the International Rum Festival’s Hall of Fame.

>> The Zacapa Old Fashioned.

“We’re extremely pleased to create such a sophisticated rum known for its superior taste,” says Vanessa Leon, Diageo Reserve Brand Ambassador. “Zacapa’s worldwide prominence and small, local roots are a testament to the caliber of character offered in every bottle of Zacapa Rum. “These accolades solidify its place in the rum resurgence. Zacapa is also the only luxury rum in the Rum Hall of Fame,” Leon continues. “In addition, the brand was highlighted among the ‘100 considered luxury brands’ by the World Luxury Association in 2012, making Zacapa the first Latin American brand to appear on the esteemed list of some of the most recognized luxury companies in the world.” Photos courtesy of Zacapa/Diageo.

Zacapa has broken through globally with rum enthusiasts, as well as in cultural circles. Gastronomy stars Amanda Cohen, Mauro Colagreco, Kylie Kwong and Virgilio Martinez were feted at the Ron Zacapa Rum Opening Event at The World Restaurant Awards 2019. Legendary actor Andy Garcia told Cigar & Spirits Magazine in 2017 that Zacapa was one of his favored rums to pair up with a cigar. “Zacapa is one that I like to pair with one of my favorites, Opus X by Fuente,” he says. “Zacapa’s worldwide prominence and small, local roots are a testament to the caliber of character offered in every bottle of Zacapa Rum,” says Leon. “The newest release by Master Blender Lorena Vasquez, the Zacapa Edicion Negra, is created through a detailed process. Mayan vases are used to burn pieces of old barrels to re-char American Oak barrels, which are then used to age the final blend for one year. This is a unique offering among the rum category.” The future of Zacapa promises some exploration and forays into new creations. “With the rise of cocktail culture across the spirits category as a whole, we’ll continue to highlight signature Zacapa cocktails–especially those that challenge tradition,” says Leon. “For example, Zacapa Rum 23 shares characteristics with small batch bourbon, making a Zacapa Old Fashioned a new, interesting choice for sipping. We’ll continue to offer consumers delicious yet nonconventional ways to enjoy Zacapa Rum across occasions.”

Randy Mastronicola is the Editor-in-Chief of Cigar & Spirits Magazine.

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ZACAPA OLD FASHIONED Ingredients: • 50 ml Zacapa. • 10 ml plum or date syrup • dash of Angostura bitters • dash of chocolate bitters • dash of orange bitters • orange zest • rocks glass

Directions: 1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice. 2. Stir. 3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. 4. Garnish and serve.


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Photos courtesy of Jerry Thornton.

ACROSS THE

>> Sichuan peppers, tonka syrup, and monkey-picked tea syrup are among the ingredients that add spice and flash to Hutong cocktails.

GIN SPLASHES OUT IN LONDON by Kim Campbell Thornton

>> Mr. Fogg’s Cocktail.

>> Hutong overlooks London Bridge and city lights from its place on the 33rd floor of The Shard, the UK’s tallest building.

GIN IS IT. When you hear gin, you might think “martini” or “gin and tonic,” but these days gin is much more than that. Britannia rules the waves of a global “ginaissance,” a trend my husband and I first noticed in 2016 on a trip to Scotland and London. If you’re a fan of Hendrick’s or The Botanist, you know the basics of Scottish gin. There are many, many more. Our stay in Scotland, where we tasted gins and gin cocktails made with local Scottish ingredients—think tart, bright-orange sea buckthorn berries; seaweed syrup; brightgreen samphire, a seaside succulent; and, yes, marmalade—inspired me to seek out more gin cocktails during our visit to London last winter. It’s not the first time the UK has been under the spell of gin. But that first time wasn’t so delicious. If you majored in English or read a lot of 18th- and 19th-century British lit, you’ve probably heard gin referred to as “Mother’s ruin.” It’s also been nicknamed Dutch courage, Knock Me Down, and Strip Me Naked, among others, for its effects when drunk excessively. First distilled in the Low Countries—what we now call The Netherlands and Belgium—where it was flavored with juniper, anise, caraway and other herbals, gin made its way to Britain in the 16th century, probably courtesy of British soldiers who drank “genever,” as it was then known, before going into the never-ending battles of the 30 Years’ War. Hence, Dutch courage. Gin caught on. First, because it was cheap to buy. It was also easy and inexpensive to make, even if you were a member of the working class. Its popularity led to an approximately 60-year drinking spree that became known as the Gin Craze, which started in 1688, when Dutch Prince

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William of Orange and his wife Mary, heiress to the British crown, ascended the throne of England. Suddenly, all things Dutch, from Pug dogs to gin, became fashionable. In true trickle-down style, it moved from the highest ranks of society to the lowest, aided by the Distilling Act of 1690, which allowed anyone to distill grain spirits without a license. In 1702, when the next monarch, Queen Anne, revoked the charter of the Worshipful Company of Distillers—which granted them sole distilling rights within London and Westminster—distilling gin became a favored occupation among the city’s poorer residents, not just because it was cheap and easy but also because it helped them drown their sorrows. Women under the influence neglected their babies or gave them homemade gin in an attempt to keep them quiet, giving rise to the moniker “Mother’s ruin.” Unfortunately, if made incorrectly, which was common, gin was also highly toxic. With a near-constantly intoxicated populace of unemployed or underemployed citizens, the government went from originally encouraging gin production to passing five acts designed to control manufacture and intake. Finally, with more regulation, gin mania began to fade. Nowadays, though, London is in the midst of a new gin craze—in a good way. Despite a resolution at last year’s annual City Spirits Debate that “the gin boom has reached its peak”—a proposition that was soundly defeated—the wave of gin cocktails has clearly reached tsunami height based on the number of opportunities we discovered in London to quaff them, morning, noon and night.

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We didn’t make it there, because London is always a case of too much to do, too little time, but on our list for a future trip is Hawksmoor Guildhall, which opens for breakfast at 7 a.m. Heading the breakfast menu is a list of cocktails, with a quote from Savoy Hotel head bartender Harry Craddock, who in the 1920s thought “a great necessity of the age” was an “anti-fogmatic, eye opener, bracer, corpse reviver or morning glory, to be drunk before 11 a.m., or whenever steam and energy are needed.”

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Okay, not really in the morning, although the late Queen Mother—who died at the age of 101—is said to have had a daily pre-lunch cocktail of gin and Dubonnet. Given her age at her demise, it couldn’t have been that bad a habit. And if you do want to start your morning off with a cocktail, gin or otherwise, London is the place to be. Breakfast at Duck and Waffle (the eponymous menu item is what I had on our visit), 40 floors up with an expansive view over the city, can be had with their dark chocolate truffle Negroni if you want something beyond a mimosa, Kir Royale, bloody Mary or glass of bubbly.

>> Mr. Fogg’s Cocktail.

I couldn’t agree more. The restaurant’s variation on the Corpse Reviver—in this case made with Beefeater, triple sec, Cocchi Americano, lemon and absinthe—accompanied by smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, is sure to be a good start to the morning. And if you happen to be staying at bartender Harry’s place—The Savoy, that is—you can stop in at the Beaufort Bar later in the day and choose from a selection of unique gin cocktails with a scientific bent. The Bright Spark, inspired by inventor Nikola Tesla, features Star of Bombay gin, Italicus Rosolio, an Italian rose-petal liqueur, lemon verbena, sherry cordial and Champagne. Another natural selection for gin lovers is Age of Curiosity, made with Monkey 47 Gin, H. Theoria Perfidie—a dark, bitter and spicy French liqueur—rosé wine, papaya syrup, and soda.

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THE LATE QUEEN MOTHER— WHO DIED AT THE AGE OF 101—IS SAID TO HAVE HAD A DAILY PRE-LUNCH COCKTAIL OF GIN AND DUBONNET.

LONDON FOG As well as gin, London—and Winston Churchill—are associated with cigars, and there’s no shortage of places to enjoy them in all parts of the city. Seek a smoke at one of the following cigar bars:

>> Inside the menu are more than 200 gins, listed by type.

• The Churchill Bar and Terrace at the Hyatt Regency 30 Portman Square Marylebone, London (the bar also serves cocktails made with its Sacred Churchill Craft Gin).

Servers in steampunk clothing brought us a trio of gins and tonic water while we listened to an engaging tale of the history of gin, starting with the arrival of the juniper berry in Britain. Gin the spirit dates to the 15th century, but its primary ingredient, the juniper berry, was a gift from the Romans. Our gin historian went on to explain how and why gin changed over the centuries, with our samples—Bols Genever, Hayman’s Old Tom, and a modern gin, Bombay Sapphire—allowing us to taste what he was talking about. Of the modern gin ancestors, the room unanimously preferred the sweet, citrusy, floral Old Tom to the Bols Genever, with its distinct anise flavor.

• Cigars at No. 10 10 Manchester St. Marylebone, London (bonus: it has a heated, covered terrace). • The Fumoir at Claridge’s Brook St. Mayfair, London (enjoy a Negroni or other cocktail in the Art Deco bar). • Havana Cigar Exchange Park Tower Knightsbridge Hotel 101 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London (carries vintage, rare, and limited-edition cigars). • James J. Fox, Harrods 87-135 Brompton Rd. Knightsbridge, London as well as the flagship store at 19 St. James’s St., where the company began more than 225 years ago (museum pieces on display at the flagship museum include cigars and cigar cases owned by Winston Churchill).

Photos courtesy of Jerry Thornton.

Anglophiles and camellia sinensis fans associate London with afternoon tea, but it doesn’t have to be all sweetness and raised pinky fingers (which is actually not the proper way to hold a teacup). As we planned our trip, we found any number of opportunities to drink gin at teatime, from B Bakery’s afternoon tea bus tour to the Mad Hatter Gin and Tea Party at The Cheshire Cat, to the Gin and Jam Afternoon Tea at Hush in Mayfair. What we settled on was Mr. Fogg’s G and Tea at Mr. Fogg’s Gin Parlour in Covent Garden. It’s one of a number of Mr. Fogg’s— named after fictional world traveler Phileas J. Fogg from Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. Other venues include Mr. Fogg’s Residence and Mr. Fogg’s Society of Exploration. The Gin Parlour— the cozy Victorian sitting room of Mr. Fogg’s late Aunt Gertrude—is located above Mr. Fogg’s Tavern.

>> Just around the corner, through a nondescript door and up the stairs is the way to Mr. Fogg’s Gin Parlour, perfect for taking afternoon tea— with gin cocktails—in Victorian style.

There is no better time to visit Mr. Fogg’s than on a blustery, spitting-rain kind of day like the one we had. But one doesn’t simply walk into Mr. Fogg’s. Reservations are required. When you arrive, the door at 1 New Row is locked. Guests must ring the bell to gain entry. Several of us stood around waiting, wondering why no one was letting us in. Quite a line started to form. Eventually, a costumed doorman appeared. Apparently, we were supposed to have a telegram to ensure our entry, but transatlantic communication being what it is, we never received ours. Fortunately, our name was eventually found on the guest list and we were escorted to a tiny table overlooking the window in Aunt Gertrude’s sitting room.

>> Sandwiches, scones and cakes are served as part of the Grand Tea menu.

• The Leopard Bar and Cigar Lounge at The Montague on the Gardens 15 Montague St. Bloomsbury, London (stop in after a visit to the nearby British Museum).

Following the lecture, we chose from four tea-based gin cocktails, which change with the seasons. In December, our options were holiday-themed and included the Figgy Pudding—gin, hibiscus tea, raspberry jam, and cinnamon-flavored speculoos syrup— and Grandma’s Sherry, a blend of Star of Bombay gin, vanilla tea, candy leaf, chocolate bitters, and chili syrup. Accompanying them are the usual afternoon tea accoutrements: smoked salmon, cucumber, and egg salad sandwiches; scones, brownies, and mini mince pies; and clotted cream, strawberry jam, and lemon curd. It was fun but if I were to go back, I’d skip the tea and go for cocktails only. The Gin Parlour stocks more than 200 gins, each characterized on the menu as Navy Strength, Fruity, Genever, Sloe Gin, Old Tom, Barrel Aged, Floral, Herbal, Spiced, Limited Edition and Vintage, and Citrus.

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>> Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

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>> Holiday celebrants and a newly engaged couple were among the tea-takers at Mr. Fogg’s Gin Parlour.

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>> A London Skyline panorama at night with a view of the Shard.

Photos courtesy of Jerry Thornton.

>> A wall of red lanterns lights up the glamorous Old Beijing décor of Hutong, which serves up Northern Chinese cuisine, top-of-the-line cocktails, and floor-to-ceiling views.

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>> The red lantern ambiance of the cocktail bar.

In the evening, we watched the city sparkle from The Shard, a slender, glass-paned pyramid reaching for the sky. Designed by Renzo Piano, who was inspired by 18th-century church steeples and ship masts, its 95 stories make the building the tallest in the UK. Several restaurants are housed in The Shard, and we chose to dine at the London outpost of Hutong, which held happy memories of a meal eaten at the Hong Kong location some years ago. We feasted on chili crabs, dumplings and more. Hutong’s cocktails change frequently but one of its offerings is Make a Wish, made with Tanqueray, Kamm & Sons (a bittersweet aperitif flavored with grapefruit peels, manuka honey, ginseng, and 42 other botanicals), pomelo, vanilla syrup, lime juice and Veuve Clicquot. You may also see a Dragon Pearl on the menu: Tanqueray, ginger and lemongrass cordial, agave nectar, and anise basil, garnished with dragon fruit. Whether or not the popularity of gin has run its course, I’m guessing it will always have a home in London. After all, it was Winston Churchill who said, “The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.”

Kim Thornton is an award-winning writer in Lake Forest, California. She writes about wildlife, pets, cocktails and travel.

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C&S >> Parmalee band members: Matt Thomas, Scott Thomas, Barry Knox and Josh McSwain.

Photos courtesy of ZTPR.

A QUICK HIT WITH

SCOTT THOMAS OF PARMALEE LIVIN’ LARGE WITH COUNTRY MUSIC AND CIGARS by Matt Randolph

Most musicians will tell you, when travelling long hours on the road, in and out of different towns and sometimes countries, nothing beats being able to just sit back, relax and light up a cigar.

>> Scott Thomas taking a break from his drums with a stick in hand of a different kind.

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And that is exactly what Scott Thomas, the famed drummer of the hit country band Parmalee likes to do. With his band releasing massive tracks (the band’s latest being “Just the Way” with rapper Blanco Brown) that have reached number one on countless charts throughout the years and selling out festivals and concert venues worldwide, Scott has been fortunate enough to explore various types of locales and cigars. WWW.CIGARANDSPIRITS.COM

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>> Parmalee getting some down time before they rev up, and get it in gear for a show.

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Recently, we met up for an exclusive interview with Scott to find out more about his favorite brands, his first smoke and what type of spirit he likes to pair it all up with… >> Parmalee country-rockin’ out in 2019.

What types of cigars do you enjoy these days while out on the road touring? Touring and cigars are definitely two of my enjoyments. AJ Fernandez’s Diesel Unlimited Robusto, Rocky Patel’s Vintage 1990 Connecticut Broadleaf and Romeo y Julieta’s 1875 Robusto are some of my tour favorites.

When do you usually light one up? I love lighting up in my truck when I’m driving to Kentucky to go hunting. Otherwise, when I’m at home grilling outside or when I’m on a night out with friends.

What has been your all-time favorite to this point? That’s a tough choice. The Rocky Patel 1990 Connecticut Broadleaf is really one cigar I can smoke all day long.

Any fun stories or anyone famous you have smoked with while on the road? A couple years ago we were on tour with Brad Paisley, and after our final show of the tour when the fans cleared out, we all went to the very top of the arena and sat in the empty seats. All of us sat there together smoking our cigars, watching the crew tear down the set and really just enjoyed the final moments on tour together.

What type of spirit do you usually pair your cigar up with? I love my cigars with an ice cold beer. Occasionally, Crown Royal – it just depends on the day.

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What type of music do you have playing in the background when you are relaxing, just hanging out at home? I always have my jazz playlists going in the background. Nice and relaxing, hanging out at home is a real joy.

What should we be on the lookout for Parmalee in 2020? I just love being on the road. My passions are travelling and playing music. Being back on the road touring is the real connection.

What’s one quote you tend to live life by? Enjoy the moment and keep on plugging!

Matt Randolph is a writer living in Southern California, and he knows a good kick-ass country tune when he hears one.

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When did you try your first cigar? When my brother and I were younger, we worked with our dad logging in North Carolina. One day, driving home from work, I shared my first cigar with my dad in his Ford truck. I still have “Big Blue” and forever cherish that memory.


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SPICY HOT JALAPEÑO MICHELADA

Serves 2 Ingredients:

Directions: Cut 4 carambolas into slices and place in blender with pineapple juice. Blend until smooth. Strain mixture into cocktail pitcher. Discard solids. Add rums, passion fruit, simple syrup, ginger syrup, lemon juice and lemon-lime sparkling water. Stir slowly with cocktail spoon, and add small pineapple chunks and crushed ice. Stir slightly and pour into a tall chilled cocktail glass and garnish with carambola slices.

layer. Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with one of the juiced lime wedges, and dip the glass rim into the dish to create a salt rim. Add ice to the cocktail glass. In a cocktail shaker, combine lime juice, spicy tomato juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, jalapeño juice, black pepper and a pinch of salt. Shake vigorously, pour into cocktail glass, add 2-3 slices of jalapeño and top with Mexican beer. Use the remaining beer to top off cocktail while drinking.

THE ROYAL “CIGAR & SPIRITS” SMASH Serves 1 Ingredients: • 1 oz premium orange cognac liqueur • 1 oz premium bourbon whiskey • 2 lemon wedges • 6 to 8 mint leaves • Garnish: mint sprig (optional)

Directions: Twist the mint leaves slightly, without breaking. Add the lemon wedges, cognac, whiskey and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into an old fashioned cocktail glass and garnish with mint sprig.

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• ½ cup chilled orange pineapple juice • ½ cup chilled mango juice • 4 chilled carambolas (star fruit) • 1 ½ oz premium pineapple fusion rum • 1 ½ oz spiced rum • 1 tbsp passion fruit simple syrup • 1 tsp ginger syrup • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice • 2 cups crushed ice • ½ cup lemon-lime-flavored sparkling water, chilled • 2 small chunks of fresh pineapple (with peeling attached) • 2 carambolas slices (garnish)

• 2 limes (one juiced, one wedged-rim) • ¼ cup spicy hot tomato juice • 2 tsp Mexican-style hot sauce (Tapatío-preferred) • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce • 1 tbsp pickled jalapeño juice • 2-3 grinds fresh black pepper • 1 can or bottle light Mexican beer (12 oz) • Kosher or sea salt • 1 small sliced jalapeño • 1 tsp garlic salt (rim) • 3 tbsp Tajín chili and lime salt blend (rim)

Directions: Combine the garlic salt and Tajín in a small, shallow dish in an even

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THE CARAMBOLAS STAR

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FIVE LUXE LIFE COCKTAILS FOR THE SPRING

Serves 1 Ingredients:

DON’T BE BLUE MARTINI Serves 1 Ingredients: • 2 oz premium mandarin vodka • ½ oz blue curaçao liqueur • ½ oz Cocchi Americano aperitif • 2 dashes orange bitters • garnish with kumquats and kumquat peel • crushed or densely blended ice • cocktail toothpick

Directions: Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker except the garnish and mix with cocktail spoon. Add the crushed or densely blended ice into a martini glass, and pour cocktail over ice. Garnish with kumquats and kumquat peel on cocktail toothpick.

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THE COLD BLACK BREW Serves 1 Ingredients: • 2 oz premium smoked rum • 2 oz espresso cold brew coffee • ½ tsp vanilla syrup • 2 dashes of black walnut bitters • 1 pinch of cinnamon

Directions: Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a cocktail glass with ice cubes and enjoy.

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>> The elegance of Nat Cicco is evident in their HHB cigars.

>> Arthur Berberian enjoys the ride with a Nat Cicco in hand.

“It was a great idea, a machine-bunched, hand-rolled cigar,” says Berberian. “For the longest time, we considered it the mass market of premium cigars. The products appealed to customers who wanted something to smoke on the golf course, and they were embraced by daily smokers who wanted a cigar that tasted great that wouldn’t be hard on their wallets.” For over three decades, Nat Cicco Rejects pretty much ruled the budget cigar roost, but by 2002 the company’s prospects turned dim: Beset by distribution problems and a market that was now flooded with similarly packaged bunches and factory seconds, the company was forced into bankruptcy. But Berberian, who started Zander-Greg in 1995 as a national distribution company for tobacco products, saw the potential to not only revive the company but also expand it.

BEHIND THE LEAF

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

ZANDER-GREG’S ARTHUR BERBERIAN ON NAT CICCO by Joe Bosso

“We sold Nat Cicco for the longest period of time, and we knew there was nothing wrong with the brand at all,” he says. “Also, I knew John Parker, the president of Nat Cicco, and I had good relationship with him. He expressed a desire to retire, so I made an agreement with him and acquired the company. Right away, we got around to re-introducing Nat Cicco, and the results have been tremendous. Smokers who loved the Rejects line came back in record numbers, and over time they’ve taken to the various premium and super-premium cigars we’ve come out with.

RIGHT AWAY, ARTHUR BERBERIAN, president of tobacco distribution giant Zander-Greg, sets something straight about one of his company’s most popular brands, Nat Cicco: There was no Nat Cicco.

“It just proves to me that a great company can survive and thrive the challenges that face anybody in the business world,” he continues. “You just need to focus on what made that company great in the first place and take the necessary steps to bring it back. But you can’t do that unless you’re passionate about the products, and I love cigars. I don’t think you can do what we do if you’re not really into cigars.”

“It sounds like somebody’s name, so people always assume that there was this guy called Nat Cicco who started the company,” Berberian says. “Truth is, the original company name was the National Cigar Company, and they simply abbreviated it to Nat Cicco. It’s easier to remember and it rolls off the tongue, and of course, it adds a bit more personality.”

These days, who would you say is a Nat Cicco smoker? I would call them “value-conscious consumers” – they’re the backbone of our customers. We’ve gotten into importing products and producing cigars from Nicaragua. At the same time, we’ve added Cuban sandwiches to the line and as well as premium and super-premiums. We’re covering the entire spectrum. We purchased John T flavored pipe tobacco, and we offer flavored cigars as well. If you look at our portfolio, we carry every single category of product.

In the pantheon of humble cigar biz beginnings, it doesn’t get more modest than Nat Cicco, which launched in 1965 and started the factory seconds revolution with a line of Churchills and robustos called Rejects. The cigars were comprised of the fillers of extraselect grade, medium-length tobacco remnants (otherwise known as “Picadura”) from some of the best-known brands in the U.S. marketplace.

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Photos courtesy of Nat Cicco.

Photos courtesy of Nat Cicco.

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Is it difficult appealing to both the budget-conscious and higher-end customers at the same time? Are there pitfalls trying to be all things to all people? There’s always difficulty when you’re targeting different clientele. With super-premium cigars, you’re going into more brick-and-mortar stores – individual stores and boutique places. With the more budgetpriced product, you have to target cigarette stores and chain shops–even liquor stores that have humidors. In

the past, we’ve offered humidor placement programs to help some of these store owners carry the products. So there’s always different challenges and difficulties, but if you can target your clientele correctly, you find ways to reach them. Is there still a stigma to budget cigars, this idea that “if a cigar is affordable, then it must not be very good”? That might have existed at one time, but I think that’s gone away. People have opened their minds to the idea that a good product can be available at a good value. A few people still interpret lower-priced cigars as being inferior, but we’ve seen an increase of people actually trying our Cuban sandwich cigars.

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LAST YEAR, WE ACQUIRED EPIC CIGARS, WHICH WAS FOUNDED BY DEAN PARSONS. THEY’RE ALL MADE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, AND THEY COME IN SIX DIFFERENT BLENDS. WE’RE VERY EXCITED TO HAVE THAT LINE, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO ITS CONTINUED SUCCESS. And for the uninitiated, explain what a Cuban sandwich is in regards to cigars. Sure. A Cuban sandwich cigar is the so-called “mixed filler cigar,” in which the center is made up of remnants of long fillers, as well as a long filler binder. The wrappers are all natural. Could you expand a little on why the Nat Cicco Rejects line was so attractive to Zander-Greg? There was the reputation and the brand recognition of the Rejects. We retailed the brand name and went from there, where we added some very good premium cigars. But we were only able to do that because we were starting from a place that was already successful and trusted in the marketplace. The very name, though, is fascinating – “Rejects.” You would think that the name would put people off, but it didn’t. I know what you mean, and you’re right – it’s almost the reverse of how people might think. But if you look back into the times, back in 1965, I believe people were less inclined to shy away from the Reject. They were more budgetconscious and they wanted a good cigar they could afford. What was the idea behind the Cuban Legends line? The idea was getting into bigger ring gauges, really. There were matters we had to deal with when it came to the manufacturing. We had some difficulty at first because of the quality of the remnants of the Rejects. The market was shifting into more of the fuller body and fuller aroma Nicaraguan tobacco. So that was a very good opportunity for us to be able to have something that is value priced on the marketplace with much bigger cigars, bigger ring gauges and fuller body. We saw the potential and we went with it. Over time, the Nat Cicco Aniversario 1965 became hugely popular. Did you have any idea that it would become such a big deal? Based on the quality, I was expecting it to grow even faster, from the introduction, to be honest. It took some time. It had gotten some resistance, but I was sure that it was going to reach a level where people would continuously ask for the product, which they have. It’s a great cigar. It’s consistent and extremely well made, and even for a cigar of its quality, it’s priced at a third of its competition. What was the idea behind the HHB Super Premium? I wanted to have something that is a bit more upscale. HHB has a leaf of Dominican puro, and the balance itself is more of an aromatic. When I say, “aromatic,” I’m referring to the aroma of the natural tobacco. It’s a beautiful mix that makes for a very rewarding smoke. It has a robust body,

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but there’s also a smooth, mild finish. It doesn’t overwhelm you at all. You can smoke one, two or even three continuously and not feel like you’ve had too much. It leaves a very clean palate afterwards.

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Your cigars are made in both Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. About how many cigars do you turn out a month? That’s really hard to say, as numbers change depending on various conditions. All our numbers are intermixed from the domestic and the other ones, so I don’t want to tell you something that might not be accurate. What are your biggest sellers these days? As far as volume, from our proprietary items, the Reject line in actual stick volume is the largest in numbers. The Cuban Legends follows second. Why do you think that is, in both cases? It’s the mass-market. As I said, those numbers, they go different from the premiums, and there’s definitely more people that want a less expensive cigar. Moving forward, what are your plans for expansion? Well, last year, we acquired Epic Cigars, which was founded by Dean Parsons. They’re all made in the Dominican Republic, and they come in six different blends. We’re very excited to have that line, and we look forward to its continued success. Finally, let me ask you, what’s the most fun part of your job? What do you really like about the cigar business? Well, first and foremost, I love cigars. I would think that you must truly love cigars to be in this business and do it well. But I actually have a fine jewelry background – I’m a gemologist by trade – so the closest thing to me is the creativity and the refinement of the cigars. That’s really interesting that you draw a parallel between gemology and cigar blending. Yes, fine jewelry and cigar blending, cigar making – all of it entails, as far as design, production. The way something looks and how its presented, I definitely see a parallel between the two. It’s important to put your passion into what you do, and when you have an eye for detail and you really care about the quality and unique character of a finished product, that’s when you can feel satisfaction.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO PUT YOUR PASSION INTO WHAT YOU DO, AND WHEN YOU HAVE AN EYE FOR DETAIL AND YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT THE QUALITY AND UNIQUE CHARACTER OF A FINISHED PRODUCT, THAT’S WHEN YOU CAN FEEL SATISFACTION.

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New Jersey native Joe Bosso is obsessed with movies of the ‘70s, music of the ‘60s and cigars of any vintage. A graduate of NYU film school, Joe has written for TV shows you definitely know (like The Sopranos) and a few you might have missed. He spent 10 years in the record business and actually got to see a rock star trash a hotel room (identity withheld because, well, you know...) @ B C H A P M A N W H I S K E Y ★ B E N J A M I N C H A P M A N W H I S K E Y. C O M

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