Cigar Aficionado

Cigar Aficionado January/February 2018

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.

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TOP PANETELA 7-20-4 LANCERO Once a clear Havana produced in New Hampshire in the 19th century, this resurrected brand is now rolled in Honduras with a dark, Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper. HONDURAS 93 TOP CHURCHILL OLIVA SERIEO CHURCHILL This Nicaraguan puro sports Habano-seed leaves from the country’s three major growing regions: Jalapa, Condega and Estelí, where the cigars are rolled. NICARAGUA 92 TOP CORONA GORDA MONTECRISTO DOUBLE EDMUNDO This longer version of Cuba’s popular Montecristo Edmundo tied with another Cuban for top corona gorda, the Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de San Juan (Tubo). CUBA 92 TOP FIGURADO UNDERCROWN SUN GROWN FLYING PIG Enrobed in an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, the Undercrown Sun Grown Flying Pig tied with Cuba’s Rafael Gonzalez 88 Exclusivo Asia Pacífico and the Dominican Villiger La Flor de Ynclan Torpedo for top figurado. NICARAGUA 92 TOP ROBUSTO EL REY DEL MUNDO CHOIX SUPREME At 48 ring gauge, the Choix…

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shame on apple

Right now around 700 million people around the world are using an iPhone. Both of us have iPhones of our own. But lately, looking at our screens makes us sad. That’s because Apple doesn’t believe in the First Amendment, doesn’t believe in free speech. The company, one of the largest on the planet, has declared war on cigar smokers. It banned CIGAR AFICIONADO’S Where to Smoke app from its store on October 30. Where to Smoke, which we created in 2015, is a free, informational app, which points our readers to more than 2,600 cigar shops, cigar bars and other cigar-friendly venues. In a world where fewer and fewer places allow you to enjoy a fine cigar, it’s a valuable resource. Our editorial staff dedicated an enormous amount of work to vetting…

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out of the humidor

Dear Marvin, My compliments on a terrific and refreshing interview with Michael Jordan [December 2017]. Now I under-stand more fully why he ranked as the most popular athlete in history in The Harris Poll. Your frank discussion with Mr. Jordan reinforced why we love heroes— because we remember them at their strongest. Michael never disappointed. When the stage was the biggest he seemed to always rise to the occasion. The funny thing about heroes though—they’re regular people. For every-thing he has accomplished, Michael appeared calm but remarkably humble during your interview. We will all remember Michael Jordan for being the greatest winner of our lifetime because that’s what he is. No one else could be like Mike. Tim Groza Greensboro, Georgia Dear Marvin, Congratulations on your 25-year anniversary. It took guts to do what you did…

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the readers’ choice

THE GREAT Sir Winston Churchill once said “Victory will never be found in taking the line of least resistance.” The legendary statesman (and unapologetic cigar smoker) lived up to that quote by navigating a tough draw to win CIGAR AFICIONADO’S Readers’ Choice Cover Challenge—he’s our most popular cover ever. He faced Michael Strahan and Matthew McConaughey in the first two rounds, then George Burns, another cigar-puffing legend. He then beat The Sopranos before taking on the Fuente family in our Final Four, and then squared off against John F. Kennedy in the final round. Kennedy’s road to the finals had him up against Tom Selleck, then Jack Nicholson before the final showdown with Churchill. The outcome was decided by more than 38,000 votes by our readers. One lucky reader will win a box…

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laucala island, fiji

Touching down in a private plane on Laucala Island in Fiji, you may be reminded of the opening credits of the old TV show “Fantasy Island.” The requisite lush hillsides and crystalline azure tides paint a picture of pristine paradise, plus a staff of more than 400 is dedicated to making your vacation dreams come true. The picturesque old coconut plantation was once Malcolm Forbes’s personal hideaway. Billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, the Austrian cofounder of Red Bull, purchased the 3,500-acre island from the Forbes estate in 2003 and transformed it into one of the world’s most lavish and exclusive resorts, with only 25 villas. Depending on your fantasy you can simply lounge by a pool or on a private beach or pack your schedule with activities—which, like your meals and drinks, are included.…

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high-end turntables

Forget, for a moment, the palpable satisfaction of holding a physical record in your hand. And never mind the nostalgia that comes with the warm crackle and hiss of a needle settling into a groove. Concentrate instead on the main reason why you need to switch to vinyl and upgrade to a quality turntable: high fidelity. Sound, after all, is analog by definition, and something is always lost in the digital conversion process. If the music files you’ve downloaded to your computer sound flat, or lack sonic detail and richness, consider a return to pure analog. But don’t cheap out and expect the precise fidelity that vinyl promises. New to high-end audio? Shinola, the Detroit watch company, offers a basic introduction with the simple design esthetic of its Runwell Turntable ($2,500). While…