The 5 Things Dewar's Gabe Cardarella Can't Live Without
As the national brand ambassador for Dewar's — criss-crossing the globe to preach the gospel of one of America's most popular Scotch whiskies — Gabe Cardarella has what many of us might consider the dream job. But it also means he's on the road for over half the year. With that in mind, we caught up with him to find out what he relies on to keep him going both on the clock and off.
GEAR:Wilson Watch WorksMarine Watch - $395
Known for their handmade pilot, classic diver, and chronographs, each piece from this fairly new brand is built in Wilson, North Carolina, from a variety of Swiss and German-made components. This simple and classic piece is the quintessential everyday wrist staple.
CARDARELLA: Whether it’s whisky or watches, I appreciate a product more if the person making it takes the time to do it right. Understated and classy; I love this watch.
TECH:iSoundPortable Power Max Battery - $66
These days, there are fewer things more terrifying than a dead phone or tablet battery. This pocket-sized charge rocket boasts five USB ports and when fully juiced can provide a whopping 480 hours of power.
CARDARELLA: I travel a little over 30 weeks a year. It’s always a challenge to keep the cell phone, Bluetooth, iPad, etc. charged. What I like about this is there is no more searching for a spare outlet at the airport while I am waiting for connecting flights. I’ve even made a few friends along the way, offering them a quick pre-flight boost.
RIDES:1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am - $Varies
Built around the time pony cars were seeing their second big heyday, and only slightly different from the special editions used in Smokey and the Bandit, few things are more invigorating than whipping around town on a summer day in one of these.
CARDARELLA: It’s difficult to describe how it feels to actually be driving my favorite Hot Wheels car from my youth, but now that I own one, it feels exactly how I imagined it would: badass.
HOME:Project Debut Carbon Turntable - $399
An audiophile favorite, this was Debut's, uh, debut turntable. It came out in the late nineties, the first time an analog music device re-emerged at a reasonable price point once CDs became the go-to.
CARDARELLA: Dad put it best: "Vinyl is final.” A glass of Dewar’s 18 and a great record is the perfect way to unwind after a long week of travel. I can’t get enough of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks - Live at The Hollywood Bowl or anything by Numero Group.
VICE:Dewar's Scotch Whisky - $27+
There's a reason theirs is one of the top ten selling whiskies in the world. Plus, the man literally drinks it for a living, so trust him.
CARDARELLA: Whether it’s a complex blend like Dewar’s Signature or a Single Malt from one of our Malt Distilleries, each whisky is beautifully unique in its own way. But what makes a good whisky a great one is when you’re enjoying it in the company of others. A whisky is most memorable when sharing it with great people. Slainte!
Joe McGauley is a senior editor for Supercompressor and has consumed more White Label in his lifetime than he cares to admit.