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Cigar Aficionado March - April 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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
M Shanken Communications
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highlights

This was the issue of 92 point scores. A 92 from CIGAR AFICIONADO is a fine score indeed, one that typically makes a cigar eligible for our annual Top 25 Cigars of the Year contest. This issue saw a dozen 92-point scores—a very high number—and they went to cigars from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua and the United States. Some are age-old brands, but many are new releases making their CIGAR AFICIONADO debut, including the Ashton Symmetry Robusto, which is made by the Fuentes, and the Cuban Cohiba Robusto Supremo Edición Limitada 2014, which tied with a smaller Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series cigar for best in the robusto category. TOP CHURCHILL H. UPMANN SIR WINSTON The big Cuban cigar named for history’s most famous cigar lover tied with the Oliva Serie V…

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a long needed change in cuban policy

It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. One could argue that this describes the long-standing American approach toward Cuba. For 50 years the policy remained the same, expecting the embargo imposed by President John F. Kennedy to disrupt and ultimately dethrone the ruling Castro regime. Simply put, it just didn’t work. On December 17, everything changed. American President Barack Obama announced to the world that he was embarking on a road to resume normal relations with Cuba. He announced that there would soon be an American embassy on Cuban soil—the first in more than five decades—more American money would flow to Cuban citizens, U.S. banks could begin funding deals in Cuba and U.S. credit and debit…

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out of the humidor

Dear Marvin, Your February issue was a reminder to never judge CIGAR AFICIONADO by its cover. With the acting pedigree and accomplishments of Liam Neeson already accounted for in my personal Hollywood ledger, I approached the “thinking man’s movie star” with a thinking woman’s readiness to augment my knowledge about Neeson’s stogie preferences. Instead, my clock was reset by Neeson’s cigar rumination: “When a character in a film smokes a cigar, I always think of them as being someone who is at peace in their world.” How relevant to the many occasions I have enjoyed the Johnson Room at the Nat Sherman Townhouse [“Resetting The Clock,” February 2015]. It is in no small measure due to the refinement and class of the Sherman family that I so reliably find peace in the Townhouse. Thank you…

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rabbit air biogs 2.0

Life is stressful enough without having to think about the things you cannot see: dust, allergens, bacteria and nameless particles that fill the air. The Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 air purifier provides an elegant—and automatic—solution for your peace of mind, with its many sensors and systems at work even without active input from you. Consider the device’s intelligent air-monitoring system: Set the BioGS 2.0 to Auto Mode and relax in your favorite chair; the powerhouse purifier uses air-quality monitors to diagnose your surroundings. While it works to clean the air around you, the purifier also intelligently reacts to new stimuli like an increase in pollen or pet dander. Light up a cigar and the machine will purr a bit louder, automatically adjusting fan speeds to increase clean air output. But the…

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es saadi gardens and resort, marrakech, morocco

Enter the Es Saadi, Marrakech’s oldest five-star hotel (opened in 1966), and step into another world. You breathe perfumed air and hear the sound of indigenous music (often played live), while surrounded by art ranging from the classic to the modern. Pause long enough to have a seat in the lobby and someone will inevitably pour you an engraved demitasse of the trademark Moroccan sweet mint tea—one sip and your worldly worries melt away. Walk through to the gardens and you’ll find yourself in a welcoming oasis in the middle of a bustling urban landscape. It’s a haven where you can relax near swimming pools or enjoy the fountains and lush foliage (including bougainvillea, roses and palm, banana and orange trees) on the resort’s 20-acre grounds. The resort includes the Es…

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acura tlx

It’s been nearly three decades since it burst onto the automotive scene, the first Japanese brand to enter the exclusive luxury market. But despite initial success, Acura is little more than an afterthought for most high-line buyers these days. While the Honda subsidiary has scored with utility vehicles like the MDX and RDX, its sedans have been largely ignored. The new TLX could change all that. Stylish, sporty and lavishly equipped, it’s the first four-door from the Acura brand in years that has a serious chance of challenging more established luxury brands like Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Acura has long had a thing for alphanumerics, ever since it abandoned easy-to-remember names like Legend and Integra. Even today’s loyal owners have a tough time distinguishing one model name from another. And the…

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