Cigar Aficionado

Cigar Aficionado May/June 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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This issue’s tasting shows how non-Cuban cigars can stand toe-to-toe with cigars from Havana. All of our 93-pointers are made outside of Cuba. Macanudo’s Inspirado Orange, which is made in Honduras, led all Churchills. Nicaragua’s Plasencia Alma Fuerte Generacion V, a box-pressed Salomon, tied with the Dominican-made Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Belicoso No. 2 for tops in the figurado group. Nicaragua’s My Father The Judge Grand Robusto sits alone atop the grande category. Guardian of the Farm Apollo Selección de Warped, which is also from Nicaragua, stood out as the best corona with a score of 92 points. Two Altadis-made cigars, the Montecristo Artisan Series Batch 1 Toro and Romeo y Julieta Rare 11 Years Old Toro, led the corona gordas with scores of 92 points, while another Altadis smoke,…

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the cigar industry’s day in court

Mark August 30 on your calendar. That’s when the American cigar industry will get its day in court. On that day, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is scheduled to hear the lawsuit filed by The Cigar Rights of America, Cigar Association of America and the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These three organizations—which represent cigar smokers, cigar companies and cigar retailers—have taken up the fight against the FDA to oppose its Final Deeming Rule, which places severe limits on how cigars are made and sold in the United States. The people who champion the cigar industry claim—accurately— that the FDA’s Rule threatens the livelihood of cigar companies, imposes unreasonable demands and violates the First and Fifth Amendments. The court date…

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out of the humidor

Dear Marvin, It is with great pleasure and happiness that I received my first edition of CIGAR AFICIONADO here in Qatar. The information mentioned in this valuable magazine is of great importance, keeping us updated despite being on the other side of the world. We had a big cigar-puffing event around the pool reading the news in February’s edition and sharing our knowledge. Hady Sam Peter Aouad Doha, Qatar Dear Marvin, The story about James Donovan [“The Negotiator,” April 2017] was downright fascinating until the last section. Here President Obama’s surrender to Cuba was extolled as something positive, the result of expert negotiation and somehow a great step forward in something or other. The U.S. got nothing out of this: the path to freedom for Cuban refugees was cut off, the communists got trade, food,…

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golfing for a fine cause

Rory McIlroy strode across the practice green, a compact vision of muscle and sinew in a red and black shirt. He clasped hands warmly with Ernie Els, the legendary South African golfer who seemed twice his size, three major championships shaking hands with four. Around them were golfers whose names were familiar to any fan of the game—Rickie Fowler, Camilo Villegas, Louis Oosthuizen, K.J. Choi. And there stood the grandest golf champion of all, Jack Nicklaus, the owner of a record 18 major championships. He was chatting with Justin Thomas, one of the hottest young players in the game, who was a month shy of his 24th birthday at the time. Nicklaus made a swinging motion as he chatted, rotating his hips, giving some instruction to the attentive and young…

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els for autism timeline

March 2008 Ernie Els, after winning the Honda Classic, reveals publically for the first time that his son Ben has autism. April 2008 Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of CIGAR AFICIONADO, reaches out to Els with the idea of creating a pro-am to raise money to fight autism. March 2009 The first Els for Autism Pro-Am is held with a star-studded field of players including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd. The event raises more than $500,000. March 2014 The Shanken and Els families break ground in Jupiter, Florida, on the Els Center of Excellence. “It’s been a long journey,” said Ernie Els at the time. “Last year I said we have to show these people who are giving so much that this thing is a reality.” August 2015 The first students are welcomed to…

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soft-flame lighters

In the age of indoor smoking bans, the outdoor utility of windproof, jet-flame lighters is undeniable. But the 21st century aficionado would be mistaken to overlook situations in which the soft-flame variety can add a degree of accuracy—and style—to the cigar-smoking experience. It also avoids the undesirable charred notes of a torch gone wrong. Thankfully, the cigar accessories market is ripe with a range soft-flame lighters with designs fit for any occasion. Take, for instance, Caseti’s Lumos (center, $75), an ultra-slim soft flame designed for mobility. Less than one-eighth of an inch thick, the Lumos slides easily into trousers of even the slimmest cut, but still produces a robust yellow flame capable of lighting large-ring-gauge smokes. The one-press igniter has an easy-action trigger, which means you can take your time slowly…