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Cigar Aficionado November - December 2016

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
M Shanken Communications
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highlights

The Padrón family doesn’t add new cigars to its portfolio very often, but when it does, the cigars typically are superb. Two new Padróns excelled in this taste test. The Padrón Serie 1926 No. 90, which hit the cigar market a mere few months ago, was made to honor the 90th birthday of company founder José Orlando Padrón. It’s a stunningly rich smoke, scoring 94 points, higher than any other cigar in this issue. The Hermoso, added to the company’s 22-year-old 1964 Anniversary Series brand earlier this year, was close behind with a score of 93. A Cuban cigar that was plucked from the archives, the Por Larrañaga Picadores, also scored 93, and it’s as tasty as it is attractive.…

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government meddling at its worst

The summer of 2016 will be remembered for many things. The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in 55 years. A combative presidential campaign between two polarizing nominees. And the greatest number of new cigar brands, sizes and blends ever released upon the U.S. market. The third item seems like good news, but comes with a cruel, savage caveat—it will almost certainly never happen again. While summer is the traditional time for new releases, we’ve never seen anything like this past year. One cigarmaker launched more than 1,000 new SKUs. Most had dozens, some had hundreds. Why so many new cigars? The answer is the U.S. government. The Food and Drug Administration, which now regulates the American cigar industry, was ready to enact a package of onerous and uncertain restrictions.…

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out of the humidor

Dear Marvin, You provided an exceptional interview with Hall of Famer Ray Lewis. I was most impressed with his person and his view on the plight of inner-city youth growing up without their fathers’ influence. Mr. Lewis implied that the root cause was “The day we took prayer out of schools.” This is a most profound observation and should be broadcast all over the U.S.A. Miles Eberts Melbourne, Florida Dear Marvin, Kudos to you for a superb interview with one the NFL’s most dominant defensive players of all time. I learned a lot of new facets to Lewis I never knew existed. Well done and a hat tip to Ray for his willingness to open himself up to the readers. Rod Hall Woodbridge, Virginia Dear Marvin, Ray Lewis’s claims regarding his lack of involvement in the homicides of Jacinth Baker…

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the cigar shirt

Baron Enrico di Portanova (Ricky to friends) was a man of outsized appetites, a multimillionaire jet-setter who considered sun, sex and spaghetti the best things in life. The heir to a Texas oil fortune, he owned a string of palatial homes, entertained a who’s who list of the rich and famous and thought of his Lear Jet as a taxi. But the image for which custom clothier Harris Reiss remembers him best is a 1981 photo taken in Monte Carlo showing Baron Ricky smoking a cigar while styling an ascot under an over-shirt. Custom made by a tailor in Rome, it housed six cigars in slots across the breast. Reiss, who had an earlier career in cigar retail, first saw the picture in his youth. He retained the memory long…

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punch cutters

A trend for light and thin designs reflects that cigar-accessory makers have wised up to the idea that a lot of smoking is done on the go. But the ultimate in travel-friendly cutters—a tool that attaches to a key ring and makes a perfect cut every time—has been around for generations. Now, punch cutters are getting some improvements that make them even more versatile and lightweight. The punch cutter is a difficult-to-misplace tool whose cut offers a few perks, including that it’s nearly impossible to screw up. You simply press the circular blades into the head of a cigar, turn gently, and voila! A small amount of cap is removed. Some cigarians prefer this perforation because it leaves much of the cap intact and feels smooth on the lips. The small…

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genesis g90

What makes one brand of car more special than another? Is it 22-way leather seats, hand-crafted wood accents? A 420-horsepower V-8? Or perhaps its hood ornament. Plenty will pay extra for the Mercedes-Benz tri-star or BMW spinner. But what about the winged badge adorning the new Genesis G90? The name doesn’t ring a bell? Genesis is the new luxury arm of Hyundai. Yes, that Hyundai, the same company that produces plebian models like Accent, Elantra and Veloster. It’s not entirely new to the luxury game. It first used the Genesis name a decade ago on a midsize sedan aimed at the likes of the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class. And it was good enough to be named North American Car of the Year by a panel of 50 U.S. and Canadian…

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