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Cigar Aficionado November/December 2019

Cigar Aficionado is a magazine for the man who enjoys life’s great pleasures: fine dining and entertaining, the finest wines and spirits, world travel and the arts. At the heart of every issue is the cigar: what to smoke, where to smoke, and how to enjoy a great smoke.

United States
M Shanken Communications
$9.22(Incl. tax)
$22.49(Incl. tax)
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
screen magic

We were at the New York City premiere of The Irishman, Martin Scorsese’s epic new film starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. The September 27 screening was scheduled to begin at 8 pm at Lincoln Center, and with speeches before the movie (including one by Scorsese himself) and an introduction of the all-star cast, it was after midnight by the time we left. Despite its almost three-and-a-half-hour running time, the story grabbed us from beginning to end with performances that are sure to garner Oscar nominations. The story behind the film’s creation is equally compelling. A decade in the making, its budget swelled to $160 million on the cost of the ultramodern technology used to make actors in their 70s look (at times) like they are in their…

3 min
out of the humidor

Dear Marvin, What a great cover! A guy who enjoys great premium cigars. We have all been younger cigar smokers, and this is the lifeblood and legacy of our business. Cheers to you. Max Patel Submitted via Instagram Dear Marvin, I don’t know much about these guys, I don’t care for pop music like this, but kudos to Nick Jonas for having the guts to be his own man and not only enjoy premium cigars but be on the cover. I’m sure there are some PC dorks who will have something to say about him “encouraging smoking.” He may not have me as a music fan, but he’s got my respect. Dan Scarlett Submitted via Facebook Dear Marvin, I appreciate that he likes cigars, but what the heck else do most of your readers and [Nick Jonas] have…

1 min
dunhill unique turbo lighters

Alfred Dunhill, the great signifier of British luxury, has resurrected its classic Unique Sports lighter model from the 1920s, reengineering it for the 21st century as a jet-flame torch. At first glance, the new Unique Turbo lighters are virtually identical to the original models that first appeared during the economic boom following WWI when both England and the U.S. were prime markets for high-end goods. Historically accurate details like the horizontal flint tube and elongated snuff arm have been faithfully rendered, giving it the unmistakable elegance of proper Dunhill design. It even has the original windscreen around the base of the flame nozzle. Dunhill added the windscreen to its Unique Sports models nearly 100 years ago for better outdoor ignition. The old lighters produced only soft, natural flames. These new models run…

2 min
rye manhattan

As with many cocktails, the origin story of the Manhattan cocktail tells many tales. The most logical says that it sprang from New York City’s Manhattan Club in the early 1880s. The most satisfying, yet unlikely, is that Winston Churchill’s mother introduced it at a political celebration. What isn’t disputed is that the Manhattan was the first cocktail to put vermouth together with a spirit in a glass—and that said spirit was straight rye whiskey. The addition would engender a slew of aromatized classics—the Martini, the Rob Roy, the Metropole—and you can be forgiven if you make your Manhattan with some other sort of whiskey. The fortunes of rye—once America’s favorite whiskey—would be lashed by Prohibition, and drinkers tended to make their Manhattans with Canadian whiskey, often called rye, although…

1 min
chapelo bespoke hats

Jonathan Rodebaugh lowers a skeletal, black contraption onto my head, its weight sinking into my hair. It looks like a medieval torture device, but thankfully it’s not dangerous. The Victorian-era headgear is called a conformateur—and it only measures the shape of your head. Though it may seem archaic, high-end hat makers like Rodebaugh, founder of Chapelo, believe that the conformateur is one of the most important instruments for creating perfect-fitting headwear for his clients. “It’s one of three tools we use, along with a measuring tape and head caliper,” Rodebaugh says. “The measurements we take are used to create a custom-fitting hat to your exact head shape.” Rodebaugh writes down your specifics, then sits with you to discuss the type of hat you’d like him to make. “We offer three hat styles,”…

2 min
four seasons whistler

Canada’s massive Whistler Blackcomb is not the best because it is the biggest, but it helps—in skiing, size does matter. So does snow, and on average the merged ski areas get a whopping 458 inches, around 100 more than the top mountains in Utah and Colorado. At a full mile high, it’s also got more vertical than any U.S. resort, it’s the biggest ski resort in North America, it’s the most popular ski resort in North America and is perennially ranked the best. It is home to a world-class Nordic center built for the Vancouver Olympic Games and boasts a wide range of places to stay—the best of which is the Four Seasons Whistler. While that hotel is only 15 years old, it has had a top-to-bottom renovation that includes complete…