Relaxing with a cigar has been a ritual for Karl for a long time – both in retirement and while celebrating a big win during his days on the court. It was a personal dream to have his own cigar and Karl searched long and hard for a partner who could collaborate on a high-quality cigar with him. While on a trip to the Dominican Republic, Karl was introduced to the La Aurora brand of cigars. He spent time at the La Aurora factories and in the fields learning about tobacco and the careful craftsmanship that goes into cigar making. Karl and La Aurora’s owner, Guillermo León Herbert, connected on a love of the Dominican Republic, cigars, rum, and shared values. Together they curated a special cigar for Karl using tobacco aged in rum barrels and established “Barrel Aged by Karl Malone”.