A tale of Brian Desind’s travels: “Roaming through the sun-drenched terrain of Southern California this blistering summer, I found myself on a journey of self-reflection and artistic inspiration. In the sweltering heat of this inferno they call SoCal, indulging in cigars is not for the faint of heart, nor the light of pocket. My travels led me to Malibu, where, to my astonishment, I stumbled upon a real-life version of Barbie's iconic plastic home, available for rent on Airbnb. As I stood there, my eyes drinking in the expanse of the beach, the familiar itch for a cigar arose. Following local advice, I found myself at Malibu Cigar, managed by the intriguing character named Rick Loehr. Rick's salutation was a robust "fuck you," delivered with the affectionate charm of a wizened sage. He beckoned me to relish in a cigar whilst overlooking the vast Pacific. In this moment, an inspiration struck – a fusion of plastic fantastic and smoldering leaf, the likes of which the world had never known…a cigar by the name "Malibu Rick" in homage to Rick and his memorable demeanor, reminiscent of a steadfast mule. The essence of this tale is simple: Should you ever be in the picturesque locale of Malibu with a yearning for a quality cigar, seek out the enigmatic Malibu Rick. Procure a cigar, immerse in the moment, and let the mesmerizing vista captivate you.” Malibu Rick is a 6x50 toro featuring a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper, Dominican binder, and Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers rolled at Tabacalera La Perla in Nicaragua.