Cigar Aficionado

Cigar Aficionado May/June 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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Thirty-five. That’s the number of cigars that scored 90 points or higher in our newest tasting, outstanding on our 100-point scale. The corona gorda category led the impressive pack with nine cigars breaking the 90-point mark. So this issue of CIGAR AFICIONADO is a great place to start if you’re searching for a nice smoke to welcome summer. TOP PETIT CORONA PARTAGÁS CORONA JUNIOR (TUBO) The highest-scoring smoke in this tasting comes in a bright yellow tube with red dotted lines and proves that smaller cigars can indeed produce loads of flavor. CUBA 94 TOP ROBUSTO JFR LUNATIC SHORT ROBUSTO An offshoot of Casa Fernandez’s JFR (Just For Retailers) brand, this short but stout smoke is the smallest size in the Lunatic line extension. NICARAGUA 93 TOP CORONA GORDA MY FATHER LA OPULENCIA TORO Rolled by the Garcia family, this larger toro shared…

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winston churchill—the reader favorite

More than 100 people have appeared on the cover of Cigar Aficionado: movie and television stars, sports legends, famous people of all types. Winston Churchill stands apart. He’s arguably the most important figure from the past 100 years of world history, and one who clearly resonates with our readers. When we asked our audience to vote on their favorite cover in celebration of our 25th anniversary in December, Churchill won the contest handily. This is the third time he has appeared on our cover, and you’ll note that this appearance is a different one, for the image of Churchill you see now is one of the actor Gary Oldman in his makeup for the movie Darkest Hour. If you haven’t seen the film, go see it as soon as you can. It’s…

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out of the humidor

“It excites me to see that you have decided to add a strength field to the already comprehensive tasting section.”—Currin Brown, Camino, California Dear Marvin, Ryan Oliphant of Phoenix, Arizona, wrote that right, wrong or indifferent, he learned while growing up that successful, professional men enjoyed Scotch and cigars [“Out of the Humidor,” February 2018]. This side of the pond, cigars have traditionally been enjoyed with brandy, where it is the brandy glass, or balloon, that has been the eye-catching accessory, not the decanter. In view of Sir Winston Churchill being the readers’ choice for the most popular CIGAR AFICIONADO cover, perhaps his choice of drink should also be recalled. He would toy with a weak whisky, described by one of his private secretaries as “Scotch flavored mouthwash,” for hours on end. The…

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a million dollar day

The man in shorts smiling and casually smacking balls onto the range at the Old Palm Golf Club practice tee is the winner of a record 18 major tournaments, one Jack Nicklaus. Right next to the Golden Bear, Nick Price, himself the holder of three major titles, is striking pure shot after pure shot. And a few spots down, displaying less skill, but no small amount of enthusiasm, a group of eager amateurs tunes up for a day that brings both long drivers and duffers together for a worthy cause: the 10th annual Els for Autism Pro-Am. The faint pop of Champagne bottles being uncorked can be heard over the breeze as the steady smack of steel clubs striking dimpled balls resonates again and again. The heady occasion calls for a…

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10 years to $10 million

Pro golfer Ernie Els wins the Honda Classic in March 2008, his first PGA victory in four years. After the tournament, he reveals to the world that his son Ben—at the time five years old—has autism. Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of CIGAR AFICIONADO, reaches out to Els, and suggests creating a pro-am to help find a cure for autism. On March 23, 2009, the first Els For Autism Pro-Am is held. It raises more than $500,000. Pro-Ams follow each year, and in March 2014 ground is broken on the Els Center of Excellence. The first students begin school the following August. In March 2016, Rickie Fowler hits a $1 million hole-in-one at the Pro-Am. In August 2017, the school is expanded with the addition of the Upper School.…

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post hotel & spa, lake louise, alberta, canada

One of the best luxury ski resort hotels in the world, the Post is a winter fantasy—and it’s even better in summer. The location could not be better—the hotel sits smack in the middle of Banff National Park, Canada’s first and oldest (1885), a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is even more popular in summer than winter. Nearby Lake Louise is an icon of the natural world, an impossibly blue alpine lake set between glaciers and towering peaks. It’s a place for both strenuous activity and utter relaxation, and in both cases, guests relish the hotel’s elaborate Temple Mountain Spa. Snow brought the developers—ski instructors André and George Schwarz—here. But the brothers found a new passion when they bought the Post Hotel in 1978. They quickly began reinvesting all their profits…