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Cigar Aficionado

Cigar Aficionado July/August 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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1 min.

With monster scores of 94 points, outstanding on our ratings scale, a trio of fine cigars from two of the industry’s most popular producers topped this issue’s tasting. The Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Toro, exclusive to Tobacconists’ Association of America merchants, paced the robustos while the rare Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark tied with a Padrón Serie 1926 to lead all figurados. This superb tasting continued with newcomer Archetype Axis Mundi Toro (93 points) leading the corona gorda category, while the Alec Bradley Post Embargo Lancero was the best-performing oddity, scoring 92 points in the miscellaneous category. Cuba’s traditional-sized Por Larrañaga Petit Corona (91 points) showed that a cigar needn’t be large to make a big impression. Altadis U.S.A. turned to the Plasencias for the Romeo 505…

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editor’s note

An Open Letter to Newly Named FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Dear Dr. Gottlieb, Congratulations on your May 9, 2017 appointment as FDA commis-sioner. You step into this role at a crucial time. I am writing you on behalf of a small, artisanal industry—the handmade cigar industry—which has a proud heritage dating back more than 200 years. It is composed primarily of small and medium-sized businesses, many of them family owned. They fear extinction. Not from market factors, nor from consumers rejecting their products, but from their own government. The Obama Administration moved control of the cigar industry to the FDA, and after years of threats and uncertainty the FDA has shackled the cigar industry with a great number of unmanageable operational restrictions, not the least of which is severely limiting the introduction of new…

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we need your help

If you’re a friend of the cigar, now is the time to write Washington. The Food and Drug Administration is making it harder and harder for family-owned, handmade cigar companies to produce and sell their products. The new rules are unnecessary and highly political, and they will drive companies out of business, leaving you with fewer choices in your humidor, changing the cigar industry forever. It needs to stop. Write the new FDA commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, and President Donald Trump. Let them know how you feel. Tell them handmade cigars deserve an exemption from FDA control. It’s time to deregulate the handmade cigar industry and let this small, artisanal and venerable business continue without government interference. Write now: President Donald J. Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 The Honorable Scott…

5 min.
out of the humidor

“Daymond John impressed me with both his business acumen and his personality. I hope he soon achieves his goal of experiencing a Cuban Cohiba.” —Rich Foley, Fayette, Ohio Dear Marvin, From the first time I watched “Shark Tank,” Daymond John [“A Shark with Style,” June 2017] impressed me both with his business acumen and his personality. If I were ever on the show, convincing him to make a deal would be my ultimate goal. Since that scenario is extremely unlikely, instead I’ll just hope he soon achieves his own goal of experiencing a well-deserved Cuban Cohiba. Rich Foley Fayette, Ohio Dear Marvin, I’m certainly glad that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger got back on the cover of Cigar afiCionado [“You’re Fired,” February 2017]. We missed him. Too bad he wasn’t born in America. I think he would have made…

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bone china ashtrays

HARRISCigar ashtrays are often oversized statements of masculinity. They could be made from a hefty slab of metal, a portly hunk of ancient wood or perhaps a brick-thick slab of ceramic. These hefty and prominent items are perfectly at home in the man cave or neighborhood cigar shop. But what if you are seeking an ashtray for a space you share with a significant other or in a room where you wish to smoke your cigars while maintaining a certain amount of elegance? Enter the bone china ashtray. Bone china is strong without being thick, allowing for a less bulky vessel to hold your cigars. Bone china is something you may have once found in your mother’s cupboard or on the table of a fancy tea party you were badgered into…

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lexus lc500

For some folks, a day in paradise means soaking up the Hawaiian sun. For us, it’s about climbing behind the wheel of the new Lexus LC500 and heading off to explore the hidden corners of the Big Island. Since Toyota launched its luxury brand nearly three decades ago, Lexus has built a reputation for delivering quiet, lavishly equipped cars with bulletproof reliability. Where those products have fallen short is in the passion quotient. But if the LC500 is any indication, that’s about to change. “I never want to hear the words, ‘boring’ and ‘Lexus,’ in the same sentence ever again,” proclaimed Toyota Motor Co. CEO Akio Toyoda, as he pulled the wraps off the new sports coupe at the Detroit Auto Show. One glimpse suggests the grandson of Toyota’s founder will…