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Cigar Aficionado January/February 2020

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
new things for the new year

It will be 2020 when you read this note, and we have some novel things in store for the new year. The most exciting is an event. Many of you have been to a Big Smoke, at which you can puff away in a cigar-friendly environment, meet some of the most famous faces in the world of fine cigars and enjoy some great drinks. It’s a fantastic party—and it just got even better. On April 3 and 4, the Big Smoke will be combined with WhiskyFest. If you’ve never been to a WhiskyFest, imagine a Big Smoke of whisky, with some of the finest Scotch, Bourbon and rye, plus Japanese, American and Canadian whiskies, poured by many of the people who craft the brands. In short, it’s whisky heaven. Now imagine the…

4 min
out of the humidor

Dear Marvin, When I saw Governor Arnold on your December issue I just had to buy Cigar Aficionado. While reading about the governor and his feeling of responsibility to help America, his new home, I thought, why doesn’t he run for U.S. Senate from California? Though he can’t be president, with his Republican centrist politics he could get Washington moving for the people. Plus, a bit of cigar smoke wouldn’t hurt, either. Bob BlauveltTappan, New York Dear Marvin, Great photos and article about The Terminator [“The Terminator Is Back,” November/December 2019], but I was perplexed with Arnold’s comments, “California is an extraordinary place. Always has been.” In my personal opinion I think that it used to be all that, but it’s changed dramatically for the worse and that’s why so many residents are moving out,…

1 min
newair cc-300h humidor

You expect your humidor to humidify—hence the name—but what about the havoc that temperature shifts can wreak on your cigar collection? Blasting the AC in the summer and cranking up the heat in the winter can make your precious sticks swell, crack, develop mold, or, worst of all, suffer a dreaded beetle outbreak. NewAir, a maker of heating and cooling appliances, thinks your humidor should regulate its own temperature. With both heating and cooling elements under electronic temperature control, the company’s 400-count CC-300H humidor maintains optimal conditions all year long. Set the digital thermostat to your desired temperature and the humidor will handle the rest, working day and night to achieve that internal climate for your cigars. The humidor’s thermostat adjusts between 60° to 74° F. (For everyday cigar smoking, we…

1 min
the bloody mary

While Champagne is traditional for New Year’s Eve, so much else gets slurped down in between toasts that come morning only one remedy is suited for the sins of the night before. In the tassel-loafer panhandle of Connecticut from which I hail, a riot would break out were there a lack of Bloody Mary ingredients at dawn on New Year’s Day. The bright-red highball with the gory name contains the makings of a sublime restorative: vitamins (tomato juice), palate stimulants (hot spices) and hair of the dog (vodka). But it took surprisingly long to catch on. Not old enough to be a real classic (tomato juice wasn’t available until 1917), nor strictly a cocktail (no bitters), the drink was invented in the 1920s. Its creation was claimed both by the renowned…

2 min
the classic cashmere coat

It’s the super sports car of overcoats. You don’t need a cashmere coat. You want one. You crave its sleek lines, its racy performance and the way it purrs when you touch it. And like an aspirational Aston Martin DB11 that you never use as a station car, this is not your everyday coat—even while it’s built for both comfort and speed. Of course, what makes this pricey coat go is the cashmere, the original luxury fiber, named for the Kashmir region of India. Its mountainous terrain spawned the double-fleeced goat that gives up its hair for our comfort. The animal has an outer coat of rough hair that protects the downy fur below. The latter wool (it’s almost an insult to its fineness to use that term) is what makes…

1 min
the seminole hard rock hotel & casino

You might think that the world’s first guitar-shaped hotel would land in a place like Nashville or Las Vegas or maybe somewhere near the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. Instead, this spectacle rises 450 feet into the sky from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood—that’s Hollywood, Florida, not Tinseltown. The colossal guitar not only holds 638 new hotel rooms, but is part of Hard Rock’s $1.5 billion expansion that includes lagoon-like pool areas, 150,000 square feet of gambling, and a gleaming marble promenade lined with boutique retail shops. Dining, as you’d expect, runs the gamut from high-end restaurants to more approachable, casual fare. Smoking is allowed in most of the casino areas, and the retail promenade has a Davidoff cigar shop and lounge where you can light up before…