Cigar Aficionado

Cigar Aficionado March/April 2017

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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8highlightsMany believe that there is no better time than now to be a cigar lover, and with 30 cigars scoring 90 points or higher in our most recent taste test, it’s hard to argue against this sentiment. One smoke, though, stood out: Cuba’s Cohiba Esplendido, which rated a whopping 95 points in our blind review—a classic score for a classic brand. If you can’t get your hands on the famous Churchill, plenty of smokes from other countries scored well in this tasting. Two 93-pointers from Nicaragua topped the figurado and corona gorda categories, while three cigars, one Honduran and two Cubans, tied at 92 points to lead the robustos. Meanwhile, six cigars in the panetela group scored 91 points. If you enjoy data, check out our story that breaks down…

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choosing a cover

Selecting who goes on the cover of Cigar afiCionado is a task we take quite seriously. The cover image is the flag we fly on news-stands, and the person (or people) we put on that cover becomes our ambassador for two months. With only six issues a year, there aren’t many opportunities to be on our cover. The ideal candidate is someone who enjoys fine cigars. Sometimes our cover subjects puff on occasion, and once in a while we find someone who smokes cigars as often (and with as much passion) as we do. Inspiration comes in all forms. We seek out many people. Others seek us out. Some we know. And there are those whom we pursue aggressively. The man on the cover of the issue you are reading—Steve Harvey—came to…

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out of the humidor

Dear Marvin, As a charter subscriber to Cigar afiCionado in 1992, I’ve observed over the past quarter century that Cuban cigars have become less dominant in the top ratings every issue, mainly due to product from Nicaragua and/or the Dominican Republic. The best-tasting cigars I ever purchased were a box of Cuban H. Upmann No. 2s in 1994 from the Davidoff store in London. Some of the most mediocre to awful cigars I’ve ever purchased have also been Cuban Upmann No. 2s over subsequent decades from Davidoff stores in Canada and Mexico. I’d like to think they weren’t counterfeit, given my modicum of expertise as a consumer and Davidoff’s reputation. So part of me had hoped that Gordon Mott’s article in the February 2017 issue, “The New Rules on Cuban Cigars,” was…

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victory cigars for patriots after super bowl

What do you do when your team converts a come-from-behind victory in one of the greatest games ever played? If you’re Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, you hand out great cigars. Super Bowl LI certainly qualified for such a cigar moment. Tom Brady cemented his standing among the NFL’s greatest with a stunning second-half comeback and a game-winning drive in overtime to claim his fifth Super Bowl ring and fourth MVP accolade. Records abounded. It was the first Super Bowl to go to overtime, the greatest comeback ever staged in the NFL’s biggest game, a record for most rings by a starting Super Bowl quarterback (Brady earned one for the thumb) as well as for head coach Bill Belichick, New England’s fearless leader. Kraft has more than his share of Super Bowl experience,…

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adorini travel humidor cedro

Long gone are the days where all men traveled in style. Some may have ditched their sport coats and loafers to jet-set in sweatshirts and flip-flops, but that doesn’t mean cigars should have to slum it. These are handmade indulgences—crafted with excruciating attention to detail—so why would you choose to encase them in a travel humidor that has the aesthetic appeal of a Tupperware container? That’s why humidor crafters like Germany’s Adorini create scaled-down versions of larger designs. Its Travel Humidor Cedro ($121) is made especially for on-the-go use. Adorini’s Cedro collection strays from the lacquered finishes found on most humidors, instead using a natural Spanish cedar veneer. Most cigar smokers know Spanish cedar for its appealing aroma and ability to hold moisture, which make it a popular choice for humidor…

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2017 lincoln continental

Few automotive brands have taken a harder fall than Lincoln. Once a force to be reckoned with, Ford’s high-line marque has been little more than an asterisk on the sales charts in recent decades. The arrival of the compact MKC crossover, a couple years back, showed there’s still some life left, but the real test is about to begin with the rebirth of the brand’s flagship, the once venerated Lincoln Continental. The 2017 model-year marks the first time the Continental nameplate has been seen in a Lincoln showroom since 2002. It also marks a shift away from forgettable alphanumeric designations like MKX, MKT and MKS (with the new Continental replacing the latter model). The 2017 sedan is more than just an MKS update—it’s a complete makeover. True, it shares the same,…