Cigar Aficionado

Cigar Aficionado July - August 2015

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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Superb cigars abounded in this latest blind tasting. A trio of 93-point scores topped our list, two of them from Nicaragua and one from Cuba. The Nicaraguans are figurados. The Padrón Serie 1926 80 Years Maduro has been on sale for nine years, and it has always done well in our blind tastings. Just as it was then, it remains the sole perfecto in the Padrón library. It once ranked No. 2 on CIGAR AFICIONADO’S Top 25 list. It tied for top figurado with the My Father Le Bijou 1922 Box Press Torpedo, a cigar crafted at My Father Cigars, which is run by the Garcia family, makers of many superb cigars. The third 93 in this issue went to a newer smoke, the Trinidad Vigía. Introduced last year, it…

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give that man a cigar

It’s hard not to admire Richard Overton. He fought for his country in the Second World War, built his home with his own two hands, puts the occasional splash of whiskey in his morning cup of coffee and smokes cigars every single day. Oh—and did we mention that he is 109 years old? Overton celebrated his most recent birthday on May 11, and he began his day the way he has for the past 90 years or so—with a cigar. He rose at 3 a.m. (not unusual for him) and took a seat on the front porch of his home in Texas. Then he lit a cigar, the first of many that he would smoke that day. Later in the day, he enjoyed a few whiskey cocktails, the only medicine he…

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out of the humidor

Dear Marvin, I received the June issue of CIGAR AFICIONADO today and I could not put it down. Between all of th e great information on Cuba and the story of Jack Johnson I would say this was one of my favorite issues, and I have been reading the magazine since its inception. Thanks for this fabulous issue and let’s have more just like it. Barry Kamen Lagrangeville, New York Dear Marvin, Your June issue offered a charming look inside a nation that has, for so long, been off limits to most Americans. As we enter a new era of diplomacy between the United States and Cuba, it is encouraging to read about the positive outlook that people from both countries have about the future of travel and international trade. After all, we stand to gain more…

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bentley continental gt speed

Hear the name, Bentley, and it likely calls to mind a luxurious, if lumbering beast, perhaps a uniformed chauffeur sitting up front, its passengers sipping Champagne in the spacious back seat. Well, a quick glimpse of the new Bentley Continental GT Speed is certain to change that impression—all the more so if you have a chance to take one for a ride. While the British marque today produces some of the world’s most high-toned automobiles, its roots trace to the track. The legendary “Bentley Boys,” a group of racers assembled by company founder W.O. Bentley, dominated the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans in the era after World War I. The maker has been showing that same stuff once again in recent years, including a 2003 Le Mans win with the…

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mini lighters

Like artists and sculptors who make smaller replicas of their larger works, a few lighter companies have miniaturized some of their classic models and done so with careful consideration to scale, character and operability. One particularly impressive study in proportion is S.T. Dupont’s Line-8. It’s a smaller, more compact version of the celebrated Line-2, but faithful to the defining details that made its older sibling so legendary in the world of lighters. Despite its smaller scale, it has the weight and solid feel of a lighter twice its size. The Line-8 produces a natural flame and is offered in eight finishes ranging from subdued shades of blue and black to brushed metal. The lighters shown here—a regal shield on black lacquer (atop the ashtray, $440), or a simply sanguine Red (third…

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golf shirts

Next time you’re complaining about the heat on the golf course and yearning for the respite of the halfway house, consider this fashion dictum for the active man from Edward Spencer’s 1900 treatise Clothes & the Man: “...if a man is going to row hard, play tennis or take any hard exercise he should wear a soft-fronted shirt of fine flannel.” Have mercy! Flannel is the polar opposite of a wicking material and the unlucky man who wore it was likely to be covered in it. Golfers and tennis players of the period were typically swathed wrist to ankle with long sleeves, long pants and even sometimes a necktie. It’s time to thank the style gods that we now have sweat-forgiving action fabrics and the abbreviated classic shirt that makes…